Why Do So Many Hollywood Elites Despise President Trump?

By Michael Brown Published on November 8, 2018

It’s often said that you can judge a man by his friends, but you can judge him even more by his enemies. And there’s a lot of truth to this. When you see a certain group of people united in their hatred against someone, it prompts you to ask: Why do they perceive this person to be such a threat? Why do they hate him (or her) so passionately?

Today, the question begging to be asked is this: Why do so many Hollywood elites despise President Trump? Why the intensity of the vitriol? Why the unbridled viciousness? Why the open death wishes? Why the level of vulgarity?

Is it because they are morally superior human beings, enlightened in their understanding and conducting their lives on a higher more plane? Is it because they find the president’s personality to be offensive? Or is it because they are morally bankrupt?

Morality, More Than Personality

Before you say, “They find the president’s personality to be offensive,” ask yourself this question: If Ted Cruz was president or if Mike Pence was president, would these same Hollywood elites be any less hostile?

In my opinion, the answer is absolutely not. In fact, they might be even uglier in their vitriolic attacks.

That’s because the hostility ultimately comes down to moral values. To the idea of the Christian roots of America. To the battle over abortion and LGBT “rights.” (I put “rights” in quotes not because LGBT people don’t deserve equal protection under the law. They absolutely do. But the goals of LGBT activists go far beyond “equal protection” and “equal law.”)

Trump may step on more toes, but he is not the real target. The target is those who hold to conservative moral values. It is morality, more than personality, that drives the hostility.

Why am I so sure?

Here are three strong reasons.

Where Was The Hatred Before?

First, these same Hollywood elites had no real problem with Trump’s personality before he ran for president.

When he was one of them, they worked with him, joined him on his reality TV show, and attended his gala affairs.

Yet he was certainly the same man back then, but only more so. (In other words, back then, he was known for his philandering and his strip club casino, and no one viewed him as a paragon of moral virtue.)

Why, then, do these same stars vilify him today? It’s because he has become a conservative Republican. Because he has surrounded himself with godly Christians. Because he no longer promotes Hollywood (im)morality. Now everything about the man is fodder for their next attack.

Other Conservative Republican Leaders are Attacked

Second, Hollywood elites have a track record of attacking conservative Republican leaders.

Just this week, Jim Carrey likened Ted Cruz to a vampire, while an article on The Hill notes that, “Several prominent entertainers have donated to [Beto] O’Rourke’s Senate campaign [running against Cruz], according to Federal Election Commission filings, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jimmy Kimmel, Rosie O’Donnell and Chelsea Handler.” (In case you’re wondering, none of them live in Texas.)

Speaking of Jimmy Kimmel, what about his attack on Vice President Pence at this year’s Academy Awards?

As reported by CBN News, “Vice President Mike Pence has come under attack once again by media leftists for his conservative Christian beliefs — this time it happened at the Oscars in front of millions.

The target is those who hold to conservative moral values. It is morality, more than personality, that drives the hostility.

“Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel made a joke about a film that features a homosexual romance between a teen boy and a man — a story that some might consider pedophilia. . . .

“Kimmel piled on to the attacks against Pence’s Christian beliefs saying, ‘We don’t make films like ‘Call Me By Your Name’ to make money. We make them to upset Mike Pence.’”

The audience laughed with delight.

Or shall we go back to August 25, 2004, when the Telegraph reported that, “Hollywood’s already fervent support for Senator John Kerry cranked up a gear last night with the unveiling of 10 new anti-Bush advertisements by award-winning directors featuring A-list stars”?

Donald Trump is just the latest target of the Hollywood elite, and it is largely because of his association with conservative Christians and their values.

Look at What They Produce

Third, in general, Hollywood is known for its opposition to conservative values, as demonstrated by the movies and shows it produces, along with its hostility to conservative stars.

It has long been demonstrated that the movies that make the most money are often the most family friendly. Yet Hollywood pumps out a steady stream of movies glorifying immorality, celebrating homosexuality, and using gratuitous violence to entertain.

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And even though faith-based movies have done very well in recent years, there is a steady, anti-Bible, anti-Christian undertone found in all too many movies and TV shows. (For verification of these points, see here and here, and note Michael Medved’s important book Hollywood vs. America: Popular Culture And The War on Tradition.)

As noted in this 2013 article, “Chris Hicks, a columnist and movie critic, attributes these trends to Hollywood filmmakers’ liberal thinking. The cultural values and acceptable norms have shifted over the years, which are reflected in the box office numbers. As with anyone and their peers, filmmakers want to be respected and admired. In the movie industry, to be viewed as a serious filmmaker it requires the production of edgier films.”

I believe he is right.

Conservative Stars Aren’t Free

In addition, as reported by Fox News on Tuesday, “Hollywood conservatives say more stars stay quiet to avoid public backlash, being blacklisted.”

In the words of Pat Boone, now 84 years-old, “There used to be more of us. Tom Selleck, Jon Voight, Bruce Willis, who were outspoken, but they’ve been browbeaten and ridiculed, which is the main instrument on the left to shut us up.”

Fox also quoted former Home Improvement child star Zachery Ty Bryan who “told Fox & Friends that many would be surprised to learn of the amount of anonymous conservative celebrities that don’t talk much about their stance.”

“Surprisingly, there are a lot more conservatives in Hollywood than you would expect,” he said. “They stay more anonymous.”

And they stay more anonymous because they want to keep their jobs.

What a sad commentary on the state of Hollywood.

Who Receives Their Support?

I could also give you a fourth reason that the hatred against President Trump would be just as intense (if not more so) had Cruz or Pence been president, and that is this: Just look at the candidates who received the most zealous support from Hollywood. They were almost all far-left. Need I say more?

There are certainly many gifted, hard-working, visionary people in Hollywood, from actors to directors and from videographers to writers (and more). And none of them are totally bereft morally.

But it’s quite clear that the dominant, loud majority is dead set against conservative Christian values, proudly so. May the Lord give them a change of heart and mind.

(For a related poll on my Twitter feed, go here.)

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  • Jake V8

    Dead on. But I think we all knew this already? The root of it is so so spiritual. By repeating it Dr Brown you keep us intentionally reminded of this reality and I hope we can live going forward with a clearer awareness of what’s really going on behind the scenes.

  • don smith

    The Lord has given these evil people up to a strong delusion. They are cursed and await the day of judgement

  • Ken Abbott

    In large measure the antipathy toward Trump comes from his having (unexpectedly) defeated Hilary Clinton, a favorite of the Hollywood crowd.

  • Patmos

    Most in Hollywood live in a fantasy world that promotes mindlessness, their being easily triggered by a guy who doesn’t deliver the usual politically correct nonsense is to be expected. They want DC to follow the made up script, like they do. As I once heard said, DC is Hollywood for ugly people.

  • Bobby Robby

    Good article. It’s Christian morality that the left hate. Their number one enemy is the Lord, Jesus Christ.

  • Anne

    So many people being used by the enemy to keep our culture (et, al) flagged for destruction, but………Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” And what’s my job n this war? Ephesians 6:18

    ” And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” And when called to speak, speak His truth in and with love.

  • AustinRocks

    They are the most conformist people on earth. Also the shallowest.

  • “Why do so many Hollywood elites despise President Trump? Why the intensity of the vitriol? Why the unbridled viciousness? Why the open death wishes? Why the level of vulgarity?

    Is it because they are morally superior human beings, enlightened in their understanding and conducting their lives on a higher more plane? Is it because they find the president’s personality to be offensive? Or is it because they are morally bankrupt?”

    The answer is that they consciously feel morally superior, enlightened in their understanding and conducting their lives on a higher moral plane, while at the same time they subconsciously feel and know to be morally bankrupt. They are intimidated by Trump, because he doesn’t care about their flimsy and shallow perspectives. They hate him because he is the elephant in the room that cannot be handled and threatens their carefully cultivated nonsense. Trump is for them just a too brute fact of life to deal with. And that makes them angry. People often become very angry when presuppositions and viewpoints which they have taken for granted their entire life are suddenly shaken.

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    I don’t dispute that there is some merit in all that Dr. Brown said. However, none of it really answers the question. God does. The answer is found in Romans 3 and Ephesians 2:1-3. Here is what God would say to the Hollywood elite that hate Trump:

    And you are dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you walk according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them you live in the lusts of your flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:1-3)

  • blouis117

    If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
    If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
    -John 15:18-19

    It’s definitely of a spiritual nature.

  • Jeff Miller

    It’s time for Hollywood’s conservatives to find a way to start making conservative films and ditch Hollywood. I’m not sure how to do it by any means, I’m not in that industry. But there’s go to be a way for conservatives to unite and break away from Hollywood and pool their money, talent and resources together to start making conservative TV and films. It doesn’t even have to be political or religious, just family friendly and without a far-left agenda shoved down our throats. I’d be happy with that.

  • gspender

    I’m very selective in what television and movies that I watch now. This election has really opened my eyes to the evil coming out of Hollywood. I refuse to support them.

  • Harry 1951

    Well I will put it this way as far as Cinema viewing in the past 30 years I could count them on one hand. As far as late night when J Leno retired the set goes dark. The so called “entertainers” lack depth and balance as do their writers. J Leno and Johnny Carson served up their share of political digs but they did not make it their theme and they gave them all equal time. I don’t listen to the Hollywood hapless for guidance of any kind and like my opinion i display it on election day polls don’t get my opinion until then. The Hollywood scum actually gives pond scum a bad name and they are as toxic as they get as bad or worse than the Florida Red Tide and that can be attributed to the Democrats .

  • Nordog6561

    The Left hates non-compliance. The only thing the Left hates more is losing to those who refuse to comply.

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