The Hollywood Left are a whiny, tiresome, hypocritical bunch.
Screenwriter-producer-director-composer-occasional actor Joss Whedon has a net worth of $45 million. He acquired that enormous pile of lucre by creating and directing several successful television shows, most notably the cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse.
Whedon just hit the big time with the blockbuster movie Avengers, which is the third highest-grossing film worldwide and the highest-grossing 2012 film, earning more than $612 million in North America, as of July 10, 2012, and over $843 million in other countries, as of July 8, 2012, for a worldwide total of $1.455 billion.
TV and movie making, of course, are capitalist enterprises that had made Whedon a multimillionaire, richer beyond most Americans’ dreams. But Whedon wants you to know that he absolutely despises capitalism and instead lauds socialism as “beautiful.”
John Nolte reports for Breitbart’s Big Hollywood, July 14, 2012, that Whedon told an audience that he was raised by people on the Upper Westside neighborhood of Manhattan in the 1970s who thought socialism was a ”beautiful concept.”
Whedon is frustrated by how socialism remains a taboo word in American politics. He blames it on — you guessed it — Republicans who calls “socialist” Obama, his administration’s many initiatives, as well as laws that advocate increasing spending on social welfare programs. Whedon traces this horrible misuse of the word “socialism” to — you guessed it — Ronald Reagan.
Whedon hysterically laments: “We are watching capitalism destroy itself right now. [America is] turning into Tsarist Russia [and] we’re creating a country of serfs. We have people trying to create structures and preserve the structures that will help the middle and working class, and people calling them socialists. It’s not Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal […] it’s some people with some sense of dignity and people who have gone off the reservation.”
Nolte wryly notes that since Whedon “is probably worth somewhere around a gajillion dollars,” he’s “obviously talking about socialism for, you know, other people.“
Nolte then challenges Whedon to walk the talk:
“Good heavens, there are probably a hundred thousand people living in poverty around Los Angeles — living on the streets, waiting tables, parking cars — waiting and working and hoping for a taste of the success Joss Whedon’s enjoyed. You know, the people Whedon is obviously referring to when he speaks of serfs.
I say, tear down those studio walls! Open those studio gates! Enough of Hollywood meritocracy! Spread the wealth!
It’s time to produce screenplays written by nobodies and cast actors who aren’t very good.
It’s time to pay gaffers and production assistants and wardrobe and make-up personnel the same amount of money as, well, Joss Whedon makes!
Lead by example, Joss.”
Hey, Whedon. I used to like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but I will never watch it again, nor will I watch Avengers when it comes out on DVD. By boycotting you, I’m really just helping you to be less of a Big Fat Filthy Rich Capitalist Pig.