The term hubris is defined as excessive pride or self-confidence. Other descriptive words are arrogance, conceit, haughtiness, pride, self-importance, egotism, big-headedness, and cockiness. While these definitions could be applied to many, I’m going to focus on those who occupy moviedom’s Mount Olympus – Hollywood.
Hollywood has positioned itself as the unequivocal authority on everything. From why illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay and given benefits to why women should be able to abort their full-term pregnancies to speaking against the misnamed Muslim “ban” to why Trump should not be president.
Every day one of these individuals, who get paid obnoxious sums of money for pretending to be someone else, decides to give us peon citizens their unsolicited opinion. Not only are they misinformed but are also biased, hypocritical, generally hateful, and they somehow believe that they are better than the rest of us.
While I understand the frustration of us average Americans, unfortunately, I have to say that we created the monsters. We told them that they were special. How? By placing them on pedestals. By hanging on every word they utter. By making them role models and emulating them. By overpaying to see them, hear them and watch them. Amid all the artificial glamour, we forgot that they are just people who happen to act for a living. Where would they be without makeup and special effects? Why are they any more important than the brain surgeon or the special ed teacher or the single mom? They’re not. But somewhere along the line, they convinced us they were.
The recent Women’s March on Washington tell us a lot about the influence of Hollywood. That American women look up to and follow the lead of Madonna, “Yes, I’m angry, yes, I’m outraged, yes I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything,” and Ashley Judd’s “I am a nasty woman” tirade, to women wearing vagina hats at a rally to gain respect for women, is alarming in its shear stupidity.
Then there’s the Golden Globe Awards. Along with the Oscars, it’s basically a very nice party for an industry that loves to give itself awards. This year it got quite political. The Grande Dame of Hollywood, Meryl Streep, who was given the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, chose to school us on Donald Trump, not reminisce about her career as an actress. Of course, CNN reported it a “Breaking News,” not realizing a Hollywood star criticizing Trump is the opposite of breaking news.
A-list Hollywood celebrities have historically supported Planned Parenthood. Lena Dunham and Scarlett Johansson are two actresses who have been very outspoken about their support for Planned Parenthood. With the lifestyle of Hollywood, is there any wonder? But because these icons push their “right to choose,” women and impressionable girls think they must be right. After all, they’re celebrities!
But it’s not just the female side of Hollywood that suffers from a superiority complex. Even the men have gotten in on the act. Michael Moore has called for Trump to step down because he is a traitor with Russia. Yes, Michael apparently has all the inside scoop. Richard Geer compares him to Mussolini. Robert de Niro says Trump is “totally nuts.” This from a man who has convincingly played a psycho more than once. George Clooney said, “…like we’re going to ban Muslims from the country.” Guess who’s taken over his neighborhood?
As long as we keep giving them attention – remember, even bad publicity is publicity – and patronize their movies, Hollywood actors will continue to try to tell us what to do. We cannot change people, but we can change us. When we change, it forces others to interact with us differently. Power of the Purse works for us as well as Congress. Use it. Put Hollywood in its place.