The plague known as “wokeness” has hit Hollywood particularly hard.
Every other movie and television show is pushing a leftist agenda.
But a Hollywood star said he put a movie on the shelf for an insane reason.
Cancel culture has run amok in the entertainment industry.
Everyone is terrified of saying the wrong thing that could derail his or her career.
Gina Carano was fired from Disney’s The Mandalorian for expressing conservative views and supporting Donald Trump.
Carano was able to land on her feet by signing a deal with the right-wing Daily Wire, but Hollywood liberals—and even Hollywood conservatives—are not in a hurry to put their careers in such a precarious position.
That’s why actor Jamie Foxx put his feature directorial debut All-Star Weekend on the shelf.
The comedy has elements that would greatly offend the sensibilities of the “woke” mob, and Foxx doesn’t even want to deal with the outrage.
For example, Foxx hired Robert Downey Jr. to play a Mexican character after he famously played a black character in the comedy Tropic Thunder.
While he was celebrated at the time for the role, such a casting choice is taboo in today’s culture.
Foxx explained in an interview, “I called Robert, I said, ‘I need you to play a Mexican.’ I said, ‘S***, you played the black dude [in ‘Tropic Thunder’] and you killed that s***.’ We got to be able to do characters.”
Anger over Downey Jr.’s 2008 role was minimal at the time because people had a sense of humor.
But radical leftists are repulsed by comedy.
Foxx said he would like to release the movie once the “woke” mind virus fades.
He said, “It’s been tough with the lay of the land when it comes to comedy…We’re trying to break open the sensitive corners where people go back to laughing again…We hope to keep them laughing and run them right into ‘All-Star Weekend’ because we were definitely going for it.”
Foxx could be waiting for a while because the left shows no signs of letting up.
The political correctness movement of the late ‘80s and early 90s petered out, but the culture wasn’t nearly as left-wing as it is today.
Foxx and other comedians seem to be over the over-the-top moral outbursts from the left, but the rest of the entertainment industry has not caught up yet.
Recently, Foxx recounted a story when he hung out with Trump supporters and had a good time.
Foxx said, “We’re literally drinking out of the same bottle…Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine guys…were all there. We’re having a great, good time. We ended up spending the whole day together. This is how America should be…Good, old-fashioned kicking back and having a good time.”
Unfortunately, America is being divided and the things that bring the country together are under attack.
Cinema used to be one of those connective fibers, and it still can be, as evidenced by the huge success of Top Gun: Maverick.