Several months ago, I was invited to join a group that wanted to promote more women directors, writers, and female-oriented films in Hollywood. I signed up, and later day I received an email that I was blocked from the site because the administrators decided that they wanted the site to just be for women bloggers. I understood the reasons. I wasn’t hurt or angry, but at the time I didn’t say the obvious — it was a dumb move on a practical level. I was the one who knew something about Hollywood. I had contacts. I had experience writing movie scripts. And my own personal tastes leaned towards character-oriented films. I have seen every Meryl Streep movie at least three times, even the bad ones.
In my opinion, the group chose ideology over the real world. When I first got blocked from the site, I composed a passive aggressive tweet on Twitter that said something like “Eh, screw my romantic comedy. Time to start that violent thriller about Denzel Washington having to stop a bomb from blowing up the UN.”
Better to go with the demographic that at least talks to me. And pays more.
Do we realize that a big part of the Democratic loss in Massachusetts is that blue collar and middle-class white men, the “Joe Six Packs” of our country, don’t believe that the Democratic party cares about their interests?
The Suffolk University poll in Massachusetts, which was pretty much on target in the final result, singled out two white working class towns, Gardner and Fitchburg, as bellwethers. Obama won Gardner, where Democrats hold a three-to-one registrations edge, by 59% to 31% in 2008. Brown won it by 56% to 42%. Obama won Fitchburg, with a similar Democratic edge, by 60% to 38% in 2008. Brown won it by 59% to 40%. That suggests a fairly dramatic shift among white working class voters.
Why did this happen? Why are only the Glenn Becks speaking to this constinuency? I think Obama’s election was seen by many of us as the end of the Bush era — and the demise of the blue collar guys who shopped at Walmart and flew American flags on their porch. We were a new, hipper coalition of upscale liberals with advanced university degrees, accomplished women, and strong-willed minorities who would forever change the face of America. Hey, I consider myself part of that group. But is it good politics to completely ignore those that could benefit by being included in the fold, even if they remind us of the relatives from Podunk, or Staten Island, or because they don’t watch Jon Stewart or Rachel Maddow?