Hollywood movies are the most powerful tools of social and political propaganda the world has ever known. Think about it: America wins wars only when Hollywood believes in them and puts itself squarely behind America’s war effort. During World War II, every studio in Hollywood backed the Allied effort against the Axis. Hollywood’s stars raised money for war bonds, and studios produced films that went all out for freedom and liberty against the tyranny of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Hollywood played a huge role in America’s victory.
Contrast Vietnam. Hollywood, which was overwhelmingly anti-war, produced a series of movies that undermined the American effort against the spread of communism in Southeast Asia. America lost Vietnam. Hollywood knew that with a few clever, glossy films (such as “Coming Home” (’78), starring Jane Fonda) and their carefully-manufactured imagery, it could undermine American foreign policy and turn heroic GIs into psychotic baby-killers.
In our times, Hollywood has made about a dozen movies that argue against America’s military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not one of them was profitable, but the damage was done. America withdrew from both fronts. Islamic tyrannies will fill the vacuum — and Hollywood will never take notice or assume any responsibility.
This is an excerpt from an article I wrote for Jewish Action, the magazine of the Orthodox Union.“Confessions of a Sabbath Observant Hollywood Screenwriter” will be published in their next issue, a few weeks from now. I will provide a link when it’s up and live.
As a companion to my article, I did a 20 minute Podcast interview with Steve Savitsky for the OU website. I talk about being a Torah observant Jew in fanatically secular Hollywood. But the focus of the interview is Hollywood’s powerful influence on popular culture, and how leftist ideology is the subtext in an enormous number of Hollywood production.
Karen listened to the interview and said it should be called: “Hey, There’s a Culture War… And We’re Losing.”
Here’s the link.
Tonight begins the holiday of Succos. Seraphic Secret will be offline until Monday.
We wish all our friends and relatives a joyous Succos, and a lovely Shabbat.