The liberal hold on Hollywood is loosening. A persistent conservative mindset is emerging in the entertainment industry, replacing glitter with some red, white and blue as studios discover that Americans like America, and they pine for fare that uplifts the nation.
Money talks. Consider that “American Sniper” has made $428 million at the box office since it opened six weeks ago, largely credited to a devoted heartland audience.
A new breed of stars has claimed some turf. Plainspoken “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson was candid about his belief in traditional values and stood firm in the aftermath, despite a media firestorm. On Friday he’ll receive the “Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award,” at the Conservative Political Action Conference, now underway near the nation’s capital. He’s still standing by his convictions.
“Phil and his family have been that breath of fresh air Hollywood desperately needed,” said Stephen Bannon, chairman of the Breitbart News Network. “They are taking their faith and conservative politics mainstream. Phil has the guts to do and say what most politicians in Washington won’t. You must adhere to your conservative beliefs, all of them, and never surrender or compromise them for anyone.”