Why is there so much resentment about a hostile cultural elite which wants to dissolve our borders, tear down our historic monuments, rewrite our history, censor the internet, take away our guns, corrupt our political system, demoralize and degrade our people with cultural poison, transform little boys into little girls and plunge us into foreign wars which ought to be of no concern to us all while wrecking our country and enriching itself at our expense?
Why would anyone ever get mad about that? Shouldn’t an elite like that which produced Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein still command universal support?
“It will surprise no one that Donald Trump factors heavily into Why We Hate, a six-part Discovery Channel documentary series (executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney) that investigates the many forms and causes of—and possible remedies for—intolerance. So ubiquitous is his presence, in fact, that even when he’s not the specific topic of conversation, his corrosive shadow looms large over the proceedings—as when international criminal lawyer Patricia Viseur Sellers, describing Khmer Rouge madman Pol Pot’s motivations for initiating genocide, states (with a pause that indicates she knows what she’s about to imply), “He was going to make Cambodia great again. …”
“Discovery CEO David Zaslav, on a recent visit to Washington, D.C. to screen the first part at Atlantic Live, said that the project was originally conceived with executive producer Steven Spielberg five years ago. But he said that at the time, they did not envision the resurgence of hate, whether it be in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, or in European countries as they grapple with immigration.
“We were going to be looking retrospectively, and try to understand better,” Zaslav said. “But we never imagined that as you look around the world now, the rise of hate — hate for immigrants, for Jews, for Mexicans, for African-Americans, for Hispanics, hate for ‘the other.’ It is not just here in the U.S. It is rising everywhere in the world. It is a prescient moment, and when we are at our best, we create content that can inform, and maybe inspire.”
Zaslav, who is on the board of Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation, said that the project got started when he asked the director if there was a project they could do together, noting Discovery’s worldwide distribution reach.
Zaslav added, “As someone whose family emigrated from Eastern Europe — my grandparents were lucky enough to get out alive — that generation had this philosophy of ‘Never again,’ and never again really stood for this ideal that we need to stand up for anybody anywhere in the world that is being discriminated against or is being challenged because of the color of their skin and their religion.” …”
I’m going to have to fire up the television at 10 PM.
It normally sits there mounted on the wall collecting dust. I use it to watch The Weather Channel and the occasional football game. I have cable television solely to keep up with breaking news stories. I stay on top of the news to keep you informed on this website, but I am one of the millions of Americans who no longer take what people say on television seriously.
Note: James Poulos had a long article at American Mind recently about how America’s televisual elite has lost its legitimacy due to technological change. Young people generally aren’t sitting in front of the television consuming Steven Spielberg’s bullshit like the Boomers.