Like a lot of you, I look upon 2020 in my life as one of the strangest years on record.
Thankfully, the end is in sight.
As convoluted as it has been, there’s a bright spot coming up that never fails to warm the heart: Christmas is near.
In Hollywood, though, it appears that Christmas time is just another opportunity to try and taint a holiday that most folks treasure.
Members of the reflexively left-wing entertainment community are in an unusually buoyant mood about a potential Biden presidency.
They’re happy, too, about the media’s coronation of their compromised candidate of choice.
Still, there are things that are putting a wrinkle in their sequenced shorts.
One such thing is a recent decision by Warner Bros. to place new releases on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time.
Another is the lockdown of the once-Golden State’s small businesses, which comes at the hands of some of the most draconian government leaders the nation has ever seen.
There’s no stopping elites in Tinseltown from lobbying officials for more of the preferential treatment they have grown accustomed to, though.
According to a report by the Intercept, veteran Democrat operative Jason Kinney recently lobbied to have his client Netflix be allowed to continue its productions during the latest lockdowns, despite the fact that most small businesses across the state have been shuttered.
Turns out the entire entertainment industry ended up getting preferential treatment, when the state declared television and movie productions "critical infrastructure."
Yes, Hollywood studio filming has been exempted from the lockdown orders that were imposed on so many others.
And you were probably just as stunned as I was by the hypocrisy heard round the world, when California Governor Gavin Newsom was caught violating his own policies.
Surrounded by friends of privilege, who simultaneously threw social distancing to the wind, an unmasked Newsom munched on gourmet goodies at the "open for elitists only" French Laundry restaurant.
Ironically, the event was being held to celebrate the birthday of Newsom’s good buddy, the aforementioned Kinney.
Then there is celebrity and fashion merchandiser Kylie Jenner, who reportedly during the lockdown was able to arrange a private shopping spree in Beverly Hills.
Kylie had an unexpected encounter of the radically environmental kind.
According to TMZ, she was leaving a Rodeo Drive store that carries attire with non-faux fur lining and was accosted by animal rights protestors. The throng held signs and yelled "shame on you," "you’re a monster," and other assorted insults.
The enviro fashion police also attempted to block Kylie’s car as she tried to escape.
Moving on to the intersection of politics and Hollywood.
Feeling their oats over the biggest election steal in history, Hollywood celebrities are obsessing over the upcoming Georgia Senate runoffs, which will ostensibly conclude on Jan. 5, 2021.
The idea that any Republican would have a trace of power left is abhorrent to many in the pampered class.
"The Big Sick'"s Kumail Nanjiani and "One Tree Hill'"s Sophia Bush are among the co-founders of a group called "Win Both Seats," an organization supporting Democrats who are running for the U.S. Senate in The Peach State.
Actors George Clooney, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, and Joaquin Phoenix have shelled out money for the radical Dem candidate, Reverend Raphael Warnock, who faces incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga.
Jason Bateman, Mandy Moore, Patricia Arquette, and Bradley Whitford have all funneled cash to ultra-left-wing Dem candidate Jon Ossoff, who takes on incumbent Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.
Two days after Christmas, actors from the long-running USA Network series "Suits" will be holding a fundraiser. One of the cast members of the show, Patrick J. Adams, announced the event, which is set for Dec. 27.
He encouraged fans to help put an end to the "GOP’s chokehold on Congress."
Meghan Markle is the most high-profile person associated with "Suits."
The Duchess of Sussex once had a supporting role in the series before she mesmerized Prince Harry. Markle is not listed among the participants in the fundraiser.
In an attempt to counter the celebrity stack up and possibly tweak the left a bit, Sen. Loeffler appeared at a runoff rally and concert that featured country music star Travis Tritt. The event was held in Smyrna, Georgia, right outside the Adventure Outdoors guns and sporting goods store.
One more example of Hollywood’s pre-holiday preoccupation.
Clooney recently expressed his very own Christmas gift wish, penning an article for Variety in which he calls upon taxpayers to help out Hollywood by forking over some cash.
"We should be giving federal aid to the theaters. The movie industry, Hollywood … " the actor wrote.
How out of touch can you be to suggest a bailout of Hollywood?
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read James Hirsen's Reports — More Here.
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