Killing them not so softly


The left eventually poisons everything it touches. It might take a while until their presence in a particular field reaches the critical mass sufficient to affect the trajectory but they will get there eventually. From Hollywood to sport stadiums, we’re seeing (left-wing) politics elevated as the new touchstone, the audience, or half of it, be damned. At least it’s nice to see the progressives putting their money where their mouth it, placing their principles above profits, but catering to only a section of the potential audience is arguably not a great long-term business model. Still, for the committed ideologues it’s a matter of better dead than red(-pilled). Better to destroy altogether than to leave it in enemy’s hands.

But it’s even worse than that. While many decry the politicisation of absolutely everything (more precisely, the left-wing politicisation of everything), the left’s answer is that everything is already political. If you’re not with us, you’re against us. Silence is violence. By not expressing the correct left-wing sentiments you are implicitly supporting – nay, you are a part  of – the system of oppression. This means in practice not only that right-wing voices and presence should be banished from every sphere of life, but an apolitical no-voices stance cannot be tolerated either. It’s not your choice, it’s your duty to vocally and unambiguously take the correct political side, whether you a performer or an athlete or a business person or a religious figure or community leader or an educationalist or… anyone really in any position of importance.  To quote from the Good Book, every knee shall bend.

And so the long march continues. The film industry has been dominated by the left for a long time, but the radicalisation continues apace. Take the new Oscar rules, to come in play from 2024 (though, as an intermediate measure, in 2022 and 2023, “each best picture candidate must first submit a confidential academy inclusion standard form“):

As many commentators have pointed out already, had these rules applied in the past, a great number of classics would have been excluded from the top gong, from “The Schindler’s List” through “Braveheart” to “Amadeus” and “The Sound of Music”. Even without such all-inclusive guidelines, the Academy has been rewarding increasingly obscure cinema that rarely cracks the annual top 10 box office (with 2003’s final installment of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy perhaps the last genuinely popular and widely watched “best picture” winner). God only knows where it will all go from here. That the Hollywood circle jerk has been shrinking in diameter has been evident for some time:


This pretty much goes for all the entertainment award shows, where show-business glamour has been progressively (no pun intended) replaced by preaching at the audience and celebrity condescension for the deplorable half of the country. The box office has been faring marginally better – it has been largely stagnant over the past decade, following significant increases over the previous few. But at least it hasn’t been collapsing, like the award ceremonies’ viewership. Yet. In any case, the new Oscar rules will be a blast, considering that Hollywood has actually been casting more light-skinned actors in lead roles lately – to appeal better to the Chinese audiences.

In the past, sport has been relatively free from left-wing politics, possibly because it has traditionally been a “common man”/working class entertainment rather than an elite/intellectual darling like high-brow culture. But in 2020, with the explosion of Black Lives Matter, we have seen a never-ending procession of public protests, knee-taking, walkouts, strike actions and other assorted controversies. Not surprisingly, the fans have been underwhelmed:

Americans who have a positive view of sports dropped from 45 percent positive in August 2019 to 30 percent last month, the Gallup poll found.

The number of citizens who had a negative view shot up from 25 percent last year to 40 percent in August 2020.

That’s a shift of 30 points — from a plus 20 percent positive rating to a minus 10 percent negative rating…

Respondents who identified as Republicans soured the most on sports — from a plus positive 11 percent rating to a negative 35 percent. That’s a shift of 46 points in one year.

The positive-negative ratio also fell 36 points among citizens who identify as independent.

But support nosedived across the board:

— Backing of sports shifted 34 points to the negative among women — from a plus 21 points in 2019 to a minus 13 points.

— Among men, views of sports went from plus 17 points positive to 7 points negative — a shift of 24 points.

— Among whites, the view of sports went from plus 4 points positive to 22 points negative — a shift of 26 points.

— The number of non-whites who view sports positively sank from plus 51 percentage points positive to 16 points favorable.

This is quite a stunning decline in public support for a massive industry that depends entirely on its popularity (by contrast, the same survey shows that the positive image of the health care industry has increased from 38 to 51 per cent and the farming sector from 58 to 69 per cent – at the time of unprecedented social and economic disruption people recognise who is really important in the greater scheme of things).

This shift in public perception has been reflected in viewership (COVID restrictions make it impossible to say what the “bums on seats” spectatorship would be like this year). For example, the reddest of all sports – NASCAR – has seen a pretty significant decline in numbers after paying fealty to BLM. It will be interesting to see the flow on effect on advertising and sponsorships and therefore the livelihood of the elite athletes and the entire ecosystem which depends on them for a living.

Coincidentally, in yet another area – education – a recent opinion poll has showed 40 per cent of parents more likely to consider homeschooling their kids. And while the major factor is no doubt the COVID-time realisation on the part of many parents that they are perfectly capable of successfully doing it (something that they might have previously considered too difficult or inconvenient), I would guess that another element feeding into the result is the newly-acquired direct awareness of what their children are actually being taught in schools by the overwhelmingly left-wing education establishment (conversely, some teachers are now concerned that online learning has exposed parents to the curriculum, sabotaging the task of woke indoctrination).

The last word to the ever-dependable Iowahawk: