Calvin Freiburger writes that it may not seem like it given all the insanity we put up with in the United States these days, but Americans still hold onto some basic precepts of common sense. We don’t go to accountants to get our teeth pulled, we don’t ask chefs to fix our cars … and we don’t turn to comedians for guidance on complex policy decisions.
Earlier this week, Salon ran a piece lauding the latest pretentious lefty gasbag to depart from his area of expertise and launch self-righteous attacks on Republicans, late-night talk host Jimmy Kimmel. At Louder With Crowder, John Porter noticed one detail from the piece that bears repeating.
First, the Salon quote:
But only one host in that poll attracted the same number of Republican and Democratic viewers: ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel. While Stephen Colbert’s audience skewed heavily Democrat (47 percent Democrat to 17 percent Republican), Kimmel fans were evenly split among the two major parties (34 percent Democrat to 33 percent Republican).
In this, Kimmel may have also alienated some of his conservative viewers in the process. President Trump’s supporters enjoy mocking liberal safe spaces, but when a public person ridicules or critiques the current commander in chief, they often cry foul and boycott the messenger. Their flight may have already begun. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” had 2.04 million viewers last week during the heart of his health care fight, a 5 percent drop from his average. For the show’s future, it’s more than appreciable.
Porter’s takeaway? Despite the fact that celebrities and entertainers and advertisers like to tell each other (and themselves) that audiences want them to be socially conscious, and despite customers who sometimes claim that’s what they want, the reality is often quite a bit different:
Here’s another hot take for you: often people say they want one thing, when really… they don’t want it. “Taking a stand for the issues that matter” doesn’t always have to be POLITICS. The problem is the prism through which the left views the world. Not everything should be blamed on young Millennials here.
But like we saw with the NFL, conservatives have had enough. We used to be able to separate the “art from the artist,” but the artists have gone so batshit crazy, it makes it harder and harder to do.
Kimmel’s case is an especially potent illustration of why it doesn’t work, on top of people simply not wanting any politics in their escape from the heaviness of the real world. He paraded himself as an authority on healthcare reform just because he has a son who needed heart surgery. But as conservative commentator Ben Shapiro — someone whose child also had heart surgery at the exact same hospital as Kimmel’s — explained, he was woefully ignorant about how both Obamacare and its attempted replacement Graham-Cassidy would and wouldn’t have impacted his case.
Then, when Kimmel responded to pushback for his propagandizing, he doubled down not with original insights or research, but arguments he received directly from Chuck Schumer. Spoiler alert: If it turns out your contribution to a discussion is just reciting a political party’s talking points, then you’re not giving audiences anything they can’t just do themselves (that is, assuming they even wanted to).
Do you think our leftist lecturers in entertainment are going to wise up anytime soon? Let us know below!