“Heterosexism” is becoming the term of choice among Leftists dominating the Entertainment Industrial Complex. The Writers Guild of America gave its imprimatur to a group of Leftist True Believers at a panel titled “Flipping the Script: Beyond Homophobia in Black Hollywood.”
“Homophobia,” however, doesn’t properly capture the “institutional bias that affects jobs and advancement,” according to Jasmine Love, a writer on “Moesha,” “The Division,” and “The District.” Apparently “heterosexism” hasn’t hurt her advancement, but logic is not the strong point of this movement.
Examining the list of panelists leads reinforces the idea that Leftists in Hollywood would rather score ideological points than tell good stories. Here are the people condemning the lack of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered characters on the large and small screens.
- Moderator: Sheryl Lee Ralph, one of Broadway’s original “Dream Girls”
- Quincy LeNear (writer-producer-director, The DL Chronicles)
- Deondray Gossett (writer-producer-director, The DL Chronicles)
- Maurice Jamal (writer-producer-director, Chappelle’s Show)
- Tim McNeal (vice president, talent development and diversity, Disney/ABC Television)
- Tajamika Paxton (GLAAD director of entertainment media)
- Wilson Cruz, [who played] a bisexual teenager on My So-Called Life and a recurring character on the gay-themed cable series Noah’s Arc
How, exactly, has being black and homosexual damaged the career of anyone on this panel? That was one question, based on Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood report, which never came up.
Neither was any consideration given to the minor matter of telling compelling stories people want to see. Instead, the discussion was about how homosexual, bisexual, and transgendered writers, directors, producers, and actors who also happen to be black “need to infiltrate that world where the power resides.”
“That world,” as these individuals see it, is entirely “young, white, male, heterosexual, [and] able-bodied.” What, no Christians?… Ooops, … I forgot for a moment that I was writing about Hollywood. Never mind. Anyway, based on how these folks bemoan their horribly limited success in the entertainment-industrial complex, I thought we were talking about Birmingham, Alabama, before passage of the Civil Rights Act.
Thus the WGA has promoted a Victicrat pity party in which highly successful individuals working in one of the most sought-out profession in the nation lick imaginary wounds in front of others desperate to break into the industry. The real work of the industry—telling good, compelling stories—didn’t matter. What mattered at the panel was the telling of personal sob stories intended to score political points and force Hollywood into an even more specific and arcane employment quota system.
As Wilson Cruz said, “It’s about coming out. Take it from someone who knows; it will inform your art.… It becomes less masturbatory. It’s not just for yourself.”
Actually, Mr. Cruz, it is entirely about yourself and making yourself feel good, which is a pretty good definition of ‘masturbatory.’