In mainstream media’s pursuit to perpetually push and inflict their reality onto US citizens, they recently attacked Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt. In a recent interview, Pratt opined he’d like there to be more movies about blue-collar America. Sure enough, popular media went to work on him—and they won.
The Men’s Fitness interview ignited a cataclysm of reprimands for Pratt:
“Pratt said he wants to work on a project someday that speaks to the people he feels Hollywood ignores—since the Washington State-native says he rarely sees his upbringing represented.
‘I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me, because they’re not my stories,’ Pratt, 37, told the magazine. ‘I think there’s room for me to tell mine, and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.’”
Of course societal elite impulsively flipped out, and their reactions had the following undertone: “NO, NO, NO! A Hollywood celebrity, who controls the world’s minds, expressed a thought popular with friends of Donald Trump! He must be destroyed! Ex-ter-minate!”
Media panic hit such a frenzy as if Pratt alluded to Hitler being a “good person”—not completely shocking. Honestly, the societal elite view Blue-Collar America as Nazis in shoddy attire.
“Many people were less than pleased with Pratt’s take on Hollywood’s diversity problem—with some pointing out that there are many movies that show blue-collar Americans.”
Marie Claire played the race card—and then some:
“While it’s nice that Chris wants to see more people like himself on-screen, he is a straight, white male. And Hollywood has an *actual* diversity problem at the moment—both in terms of race and gender. So, actually, maybe it’s time for there to be less stories like Chris Pratt’s and more stories about, oh, you know, literally any other marginalized community in this country. …”
Huffington Post (as if their hands are clean…):
“Foot, meet mouth.”
“Chris Pratt isn’t afraid to admit when he’s wrong.”
And it went on like that, but you get the point. The truly unfortunate part is, in what was probably an effort to elude CNN casting him as “Another Bad Guy To Hate,” Pratt took to Twitter and made a public amends. (“C’mon, Chris, there are Americans who support your idea.”)
That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say. I’ll own that. There’s a ton of movies about blue collar America. https://t.co/DclYfNsiv3
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) April 21, 2017
[Source: Twitter/Chris Pratt]
It can definitely be argued that Hollywood does pay homage to blue-collar America—re: Pratt’s Jurassic World and Passengers. Mark Wahlberg portrays salt-of-the-Earth folks in just about all his roles. There’s also Manchester By the Sea (handyman), Fences (trash man) and Hell or High Water (ranch hand). If you’re all about literal portrayals, there’s sufficient proof to shut down Mr. Pratt.
For the most part, television networks are spewing gay, gay, gay… Had Pratt expressed a desire for Hollywood to release more movies conveying homosexuality, popular media would’ve labeled him courageous! valiant! and gutsy! for speaking out in support of………the safest and most heavily celebrated subject matter movie stars can talk about.
If you know anything about nuance, Pratt’s statements were deeper than just words. Often, when movies have blue-collar characters, they’re ancillary people conducive to a larger story entailing an unrelated, inciting incident: spaceships, time travel, pre-historic creatures, natural disasters, man-made chaos, government, racial issue (re: Fences), death and family dysfunction (re: Manchester By the Sea)… There are no grievances here when it comes to movies in general. Many times, the ordinary men turn out to be the ones who save the day—beautiful.
Then again, what happened to those cinematic works pontificating on blue-collar America’s “voice” (as Pratt said)? What about movies depicting real-life heroes and their pride in hard work—the satisfaction they get out of life and/or how their life is significant in the world?
There was a day when Hollywood flowed with tales of proud laborers—not just as random, supporting characters. The working-class folks were the pinnacle of the story—much like movies about teachers (re: Mr. Holland’s Opus), scientists (re: Apollo 13), artists, writers and political radicals. Where are those movies featuring the hard-working folks being appreciated for being themselves and how they’re crucial to society?
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Try to recall when Hollywood last put out a picture that didn’t let us forget about the farmers who give us our food, the electrician who gives us power, the plumbers, the auto-factory worker/mechanic, the people who manage our garbage, the sewer workers, the butchers, roofers and construction workers. It’s been a good while…
Think of the last time motion-pictures companies availed a movie with an honest look at the working class—they are the cornerstones of our daily lives. Cities would shut down without them.
To put things in perspective, think about this: if I died tomorrow, sure, there might be those who’d feel sad about not seeing my writing anymore, but society would still function. Even if all the writers, composers, actors, performers, pundits came to a halt, and there was suddenly no media… If almost instantly, televisions, cable stations and websites were gone… Society might be itching for entertainment and news, but the world wouldn’t end.
But if the world didn’t have the early rising, overnight-working, blue-collar folks sporting work fatigues and safety boots (the decent, honest people the snobs at Marie Claire, Buzz Feed and CNN would apparently rather see dead if possible), this world would be back to the Dark Ages—complete, utter chaos.
It’s not exactly dystopian to imagine life lacking media and entertainment. But try to envision society without plumbers and electricians—complete s**t.
Save those whose paychecks are from the government (police, fire and so forth), societal elite will surely shame any who have blue-collar jobs. They view it as the dregs of the world. They see toxicity in a culture that avails masculinity, individual thought and good old-fashioned facts.
And with those horrible blue-collared heathens who enabled Trump to be president, Pratt (now on their watch list) needs to be professionally beaten into submission and ultimately suffer Stockholm syndrome.