Entertainers took time from giving each other awards to give each other awards at the Grammys on Sunday. I'm surprised they could spare the time out from Trump bashing, but they did manage to honor themselves yet again. It's nice for celebrities to get some attention.
I admit I do watch the Grammys; they are my annual reminder that I am really out of touch with the latest music. And by listening to it, I reconfirm that I'm not missing much.
To sum up: Adele is great, Bruno Mars is solid, most country singers are good, and Lady Gaga is smart. The rest? Pretty awful.
JayZ has become the moral leader of this Grammy group. A man who shot his brother for stealing his jewelry and was a crack dealer is somehow the conscience of entertainers. He can use the "N-word" throughout his songs, then call Trump an immoral racist and claim the moral high ground. In the entertainment business, that's called good people skills.
Mostly out of fear and the never-ending quest to be liked, entertainers feel compelled to echo the mindless "inclusiveness" mantra of the left. They intimate at every turn that we need more government to ensure equal outcomes for all, but ironically, they enforce the stratification of "stars" by status. They are all for equality as long as there remains in place a clear caste system of A-list through C-list celebs. Equality is all well and good; just do not expect Madonna to attend the same party as Trisha Yearwood.
To be fair, three weeks into the new administration there are twice as many African-Americans in Beyoncé's tummy as there are in the Trump Cabinet.
It is funny how lefties always view others as greedy but never themselves. They film their movies in Canada or Georgia, where they are given the most tax credits. They ask for — and get — tax loopholes from Democrat politicians. They then ostentatiously display their wealth, living in big homes and flying their private jets to rallies to condemn others' carbon footprints. Their hypocrisy knows no limits.
Most entertainers remain joined at the hip to Democrats. Madonna and Angelina Jolie remain tight with the Obamas, and will even vacation together. I suggest the Obamas check to make sure Sasha and Malia are still there when Madonna and Angelina leave.
There's a form of McCarthyism in today's entertainment business. As Trump's inauguration reconfirmed, the outed conservatives are few. I think we are down to Stephen Baldwin, Kelsey Grammer and the remaining Gatlin Brother. There is actually a "Friends of Abe" movement of right-of-center stars in L.A. With 1,500 members who fearfully meet in secret (AA-style), it's a refuge for conservative entertainers who are willing to listen to reasoned opposing views.
For an industry reliant on free speech, most Hollywood "elites" are not only intolerant, they seek to personally destroy anyone whose opinions do not toe the leftist line. Most of the leaders of those vigilante groups of bullies, including all late-show comics, SNL, Rob Reiner, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Rosie O'Donnell, etc., are either constantly angry or asleep.
On rare occasions, celebs part with Dems and flash their libertarian inclinations. Drew Carey has been a strong libertarian, and Tom Selleck and Brad Pitt have stood up for the Second Amendment. Snoop Dogg, too. Snoop boldly came out and backed libertarian Ron Paul for president a while back. Snoop agrees with Ron Paul on a broad range of positions, from the legalization of pot to making marijuana legal. He also likes Paul's immigration policy that, if a bale of pot from Mexico washes up on U.S. shores, it is immediately granted asylum.
It may not be raining libertarianism in the entertainment business, but we can thank Snoop Dogg — for a drizzle.
I try not to get my political opinions from musicians, like I do not try to get my music from politicians. Don't let the drummer from The Chainsmokers inform your politics or principles. The morality of the music business was summed up by an old college buddy: There's a "Highway to Hell," but only a "Stairway to Heaven," which speaks to the anticipated traffic levels.
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