Andrew Breitbart's new Internet project — "Big Hollywood," a platform for conservative Hollywood personalities — launches today. In the Washington Times, Breibart calls it "a continuous politics and culture posting board for those who think something has gone drastically wrong and that Hollywood should return to its patriotic roots."
Until conservatives, libertarians and Republicans – who will be the lion's share of Big Hollywood's contributors – recognize that (pop) culture is the big prize and that politics is secondary, there will be no victory in this important battle.
Over at Pajamas Media, Breitbart's friend Roger L. Simon disagrees that pop culture outweighs politics and says he would weigh them equally:
In fact, I would see them as inseparable, two chickens crossing the road tied together in what we called as kids a “three-legged race.” To make things more complicated … the best film art transcends politics. It follows the dictates of its characters where they want to go. And sometimes they say and do things you hate and you want to kill your own characters, but you don’t, or you’re not sure you’re allowed to, so you don’t, or you feel guilty for doing it, so you don’t.
I'm inclined to praise Breitbart's recognition that pop culture infiltrates and informs people's views. This is so true — that art and music and culture are vital and that conservatives have failed to recognize it. But one can't brush aside Simon's point about the best film art transcending politics. This is also true, and just as liberal political preachiness prostitutes art, so does conservative political preachiness. (The same goes for religion — it can debase religion to use it for political ends, whether conservative or liberal.) Breitbart's cause is worthy as long as he remembers the true purpose of art is not propaganda.
Another interesting point, though, and another reason Breitbart's project is timely: In the last election, politics BECAME pop culture, infiltrating art and music until "Yes We Can" became a parodied catchphrase and everyone morphed their own faces into Shepherd Fairey's HOPE poster and made it their Facebook profile pic. Pop culture didn't just influence politics. Politics turned into pop culture.
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