Over at National Review, Jim Geraghty asked, "What Did Football Players or Mixed Martial Artists Ever Do to Streep?"
I've got this one covered.
Football beat Hollywood. That's what it did.
In 2015, NFL revenues alone were $13 billion, while the film industry's revenues were a mere $11 billion in the USA.
The No. 1 prime-time show in broadcast TV is the Sunday Night Football game, with double the audience of runner-up "Big Bang Theory."
Football is kicking Hollywood's ass, much like President Trump's "Apprentice" ratings were far higher than any of the late-night comics who mock him ceaselessly, even as their ratings crater. Conan O'Brien soon will be a weekly show, by the way.
And the high-brow crap that Streep alludes to is relegated to a few irrelevant little low-budget vanity projects. "The Devil Wears Prada" was a bitchy little piece that did well at the box office, but so did "Mommy Dearest."
But Hollywood lives largely off animation and live action comic books.
Hollywood no longer produces adult material. Oh sure, there is plenty of nudity and even copulation on screen, but Hollywood has nothing that challenges the mind like "Twelve Angry Men" or "To Kill a Mockingbird" or even "Midnight Cowboy."
Frankly, America could do without Hollywood. The whole town could take a year off, and American culture would be better for it.
Men no longer watch television. Gone are the Westerns that men used to watch. I tune in "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza" occasionally on cable. I admire how many times they strive for justice on the American frontier, eschewing expediency and convenience for doing what is right. Honor matters more than sustenance.
So Streep has much to worry about from football and mixed martial arts. Fox News too. ESPN and Fox News own cable right now.
She and her cloistered cronies can sneer at the masses, but the fact is Hollywood movies and television shows are not very good these days.
UPDATE from Matt Drudge:
STATE OF CULTURE: 36,500,000 Watched NFL Wild Card Game On FOX Last Night. 16,800,000 Watched The 'GOLDEN GLOBES'... pic.twitter.com/ouNDqT7ee9— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) January 9, 2017
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