February 15, 2017
Hollywood’s Partisan Crusade Strengthens Boycotts, Piracy
Hollywood is on the verge of a massive boycott. And the Oscars may be the tipping point.
If you know where to look, you can see this sentiment building. After Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes tirade against President Trump, the #BoycottHollywood hashtag flooded Twitter feeds. A few weeks later, and just a day after the inauguration, Madonna shared her thoughts of “blowing up the White House” – effectively throwing kindling on the flame. At the SAG Awards, following a long procession of anti-Trump virtue signaling, David Harbour, star of the Netflix hit Stranger Things, vowed to “punch some people in the face.” Calls to boycott Hollywood promptly peppered the comment sections of conservative news reports.
Then, as rioters pummeled, sprayed, and set ablaze the campus of UC Berkeley in an attempt to cancel a provocative Trump supporter’s speech, calls for a boycott spiked as Debra Messing, Judd Apatow, and Sarah Silverman seemingly condoned the violent uprising. Silverman went as far as suggesting a military coup. Understandably, many were bracing for a lecture come Super Bowl halftime. But a collective sigh of relief could be heard across the country as Lady Gaga did the now unimaginable…she simply entertained.
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