Most in music and the arts hate you, but demand you continue to fund them. That’s right. At a time when the music and arts community has never been more hostile to the politics of half the country, PBS is protesting Donald Trump’s budget cuts. Trump would eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Endowment for the Arts and the recipients of those handouts seem to be in some alternate universe when it comes to their self-awareness of unity.
Only a day after Snoop Dogg’s nephew threatened Melania Trump and Snoop himself created a tastless video of a toy gun pointed at the head of a Trump clown, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger suggested we all only need skip a cup of coffee to keep their divisive machine well-oiled.
“Love of music and the arts brings us together, and celebrates the richness of American culture and our spirit of curiosity and creativity,” he said. “Music and art serve as one of America’s greatest exports, and support jobs for creators in cities, towns and rural areas across the country.
Evidently the arts and music community has no cognitive dissonance with its most prominent members hurling vitriol at half of the country and demanding those Americans keep feeding the hands that bite. Does PBS believe that in attacking us, Captain America, aka Chris Evans, is uniting us?
“I feel fury. It’s unbelievable,” he says. “People were just so desperate to hear someone say that someone is to blame. They were just so happy to hear that someone was angry. Hear someone say that Washington sucks. They just want something new without actually understanding.”
“I mean, guys like Steve Bannon — Steve Bannon! — this man has no place in politics,” Evans says of the White House chief strategist.
“Look, I’m in a business where you’ve got to sell tickets,” the 35-year-old entertainer says in an interview for Esquire’s April issue. “I think it’s about how you speak up,” he says. “We’re allowed to disagree. If I state my case and people don’t want to go see my movies as a result, I’m okay with that.”
Evans doesn’t even pretend he cares if you show up at the box office but he thinks taxpayers should support the arts despite the arts constantly attacking taxpayers.
PBS is not Snoop Dogg or Chris Evans, but the entire Hollywood left is throwing its weight behind opposition to these cuts with some crazy assertion that their industry unites us.
Here’s aging hater Robert Redford checking in:
Meanwhile, Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute issued a statement Thursday, saying it “vigorously supports the National Endowment for the Arts and calls upon our country’s leadership to do the same. NEA support played a crucial role in launching Sundance Institute in 1981 and has helped thousands of museums, arts programs and organizations. The NEA plays a critical role in building a culture that values artists and understands the important economic benefits of investing in the arts. Defunding the Endowment undermines our national artistic heritage, and handicaps our future potential.”
Can you give us any recent examples of notables in the entertainment industry who aren’t attacking us now? And if entertainers defend or attack us, you attack them. Is that what you call “bringing us together?”