The Battle for Culture
No matter where you look these days, you’re bound to be faced with a movie, song or television program dripping in liberal bias. Whether it’s South Korean rapper Psy talking about killing American soldiers or Jamie Foxx joking about “killing all the white people” in his new movie while his Saturday Night Live audience bursts out laughing, this practice has become common place. Cultural liberalism has become so prevalent in Hollywood that we are seemingly numb to it and more likely to brush it off.
However, this isn’t something to be brushed off lightly. People are molded and shaped through culture. The fact that many young people get their news through Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart is more than horrifying — it’s a fact of life. While we should not brush off the deficiency of conservatism in the American culture, neither should we stick to complaining alone. A cultural change takes work and that starts with the individual.
Ghandi once said, ”Be the change you want to see in the world.” Amidst the cultural battle in the United States, we need to be that change.
Perhaps the simplist thing you can do is support the actors, musicians, and writers who are brave enough to expose their conservatism. Think Jon Voight or Vince Vaughn (or rather, libertarianism in Vaughns’s case). We have a free market, support them with your dollars. If you’re offended by something or someone in Hollywood, don’t support them. I’m not calling for a boycott in any way, but if you’re tempted to complain about something you saw on TV last night, just don’t watch it. If anything, it will make you feel better.
Now, a free market solution is only a small piece of the puzzle. What we need to focus on is the cultural element. Think about it. If we really were to pull a full-out boycott on anything with a twinge of liberalism, there would be almost nothing to watch or listen to in regards to entertainment. And boycotting something just because you disagree with it isn’t always the answer. The fact that liberal television programs and movies exist is not the problem. It’s that the culture is so liberally biased that conservatism isn’t given a fair shot.
Thus, this battle for culture starts with the individual. First, make sure you are a person of character. Culture is made up of our collective morals and interests. If we start with ourselves and become a moral people, then culture will follow. Once you’ve changed yourself, move on to your families, your communities, and your states. Change starts from the bottom up, not the top down.
Entertainment is a manifestation of culture. If we have a culture backed on personal responsibility and character, our pop culture will follow. Though, as I said, it always starts with the individual. Are you a singer tired of hearing the songs on the radio? Write your own. The same goes for actors, writers and speakers. Remember, we must be the change we seek.
Cultural change takes time, decades in fact. Unfortunately, the left has been well versed in this battle for a long time, which is evidenced by the culture we see in Hollywood today. However, if we can throw ourselves head first into the cultural battle, we can and will reverse the trend and we will have a culture that represents a moral, upright people.
Amy Lutz | Assistant Editor | Saint Louis University | @AmyLutz4