Ever hear the old legend about bluesman Robert Johnson? He allegedly met the devil at the crossroads of Highways 49 and 61, just south of Memphis, and sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for incredible musical talent.
You may think this is a silly old fable, but I have come to believe that it is true. And it wasn’t only Robert Johnson. It seems to me that there is something fundamentally wrong with virtually all our great and talented entertainers and artists. And it seems that the meddling of Satan himself is as good an explanation as any.
How else can it be that the people who make the coolest music, movies, TV shows, etc., almost always embrace the dumbest politics?! Why else would Stephen Spielberg shill for Castro? Why is it that so many concerts get ruined by between-song patter about the evils of our (overwhelming free, prosperous and peaceful) capitalist society? It must be that they promised Satan they’d peddle his socialism and PC claptrap.
So for those of us who love pop culture but loathe the Left -- what are we to do?
I see three alternatives..
1. Seek purity. Remove lefty junk food from our pop culture diet. This sounds nice in theory. Just like vegetarianism. Unfortunately, the spectrum of entertainment that’s not tainted with bad ideas is pretty narrow – and as profoundly uncool as a plate full of cold peas. I’m sorry. I just can’t do it.
2. Go along and get along. Most of the entertainers spouting bad ideas don’t take their own ideas seriously -- why should we? This is tempting. The American economy and political system is pretty strong, and I suspect it will take another generation before everything gets really screwed up. Still, I can’t be complicit in the slow spread of socialism. My conscience won’t allow it.
3. Make our stand. Here. Now.
I have come to believe that there needs to be a forum to discuss movies and music and TV and games and culture. We’ll celebrate what’s good. And we’ll bust on what’s bad.
I’m starting this blog myself. But I don’t want it to stay that way. I want you to get involved. (Click here for more information on how.)
I know that there are like-minded souls out there, and that together, we can change the dialogue over entertainment in America (and maybe beyond…).
If we succeed, the preening entertainers who obsess about their own reviews will realize that not everyone in their audience is a lefty lemming. And they’ll see the error of their ways. They will realize that the individualism and the creativity that pulse through their art are completely at odds with the brain-dead socialism that they have been embracing out of sheer inertia.
And slowly but surely -- as the hacks at Rolling Stone magazine check into their assisted living communities, and the last person watching Roger Ebert changes the channel –- there will be new cultural gate-keepers. Gate-keepers who aren’t forever reliving the 1960s.
And at last, what is cool will no longer be dumb. And what is smart will no longer be uncool.