Thursday, July 5, 2018

James Woods: My Agent dropped me because of my politics

Another example of the closing of the Public Square:
James Woods is saying he has been dropped by his talent agent. 
The news was first revealed by the Emmy award winning actor himself on Twitter, who shared an email he received from his talent agent, Ken Kaplan. 
"It's the 4th of July and I'm feeling patriotic. I don't want to represent you anymore. I mean I could go on a rant but you know what I'd say," said Kaplan, who Woods described as a "political liberal"
Notice the smug tone: It's the 4th of July and I'm feeling patriotic.  Okay, then.

Kaplan also represents Wynona Ryder and Kristin Stewart.  It's the 5th of July and I'm feeling patriotic, and so I will not go to a movie staring either of those actresses.  Because Ken Kaplan logic.

This Cold Civil War is misnamed, just as the American Civil War was misnamed.  A civil war is a conflict between two factions, each of whom wants supremacy over the whole.  The southern states never wanted to take over the northern ones, they just wanted to go their own way and let bygones be bygones.  The northern states waged a war of conquest over the south.

We see this same thing today in the cultural and intellectual spheres.  Many people want to be able to speak their own mind, one of many in this e pluribus unum.  The other side is waging a cultural war of conquest over the first group.

Giordano Bruno was burned in the public square in Rome in 1600.  He was a heretic - actually a goofball who was spoiling for martyrdom - but the point of his auto da fe was not the stated "last try to save his soul" or even the more plausible removal of an annoying heretic.  Rather, it was to make an example for everyone else.  Don't do what he did or this might happen to you too.

The best argument that Progressivism is a religion is that it practices inquisitions.


LindaG said...

I can't watch any if the Marvel stuff any more for the same reason. Whoever is making them doesn't like conservatives, so he doesn't get my money.

This whole thing is getting stupid. But I suppose it's better than shooting at each other?

chris said...

To be honest - when's the last time Wynonna Ryder or Kristen Stewart had a movie you were interested in seeing? Don't think I've ever seen a Kristen Stewart movie (don't think I could even pick her out of a police lineup).

I doubt James Woods will have trouble finding a new agent and I'll bet this new agent will do a better job of getting him better roles.

Comrade Misfit said...

Oh, come on. You really think that this is anything close to being one-sided? But it's OK when the Right pulls a hissy-fit over t-shirts on Or the death threats and monkey-wrenching reviews being done to every restaurant named "The Red Hen"?

Funny how I remember conservatives saying that businesses have a right to refuse service to anyone. Is that only operative when the business owner is a a conservative and the customers aren't?

Borepatch said...

Comrade, sure the guy has the right to represent who he wants. But what we're seeing going on is an institutional Red Scare. Look at what happened to Roseanne, or Tim Allen's show.

There's a world of difference between what some Internet yahoo tweets about the Red Hen and what corporate America does. We expect them to be grownups, especially about making money for their shareholders. That's not at all what we're seeing.

Rick C said...

Kristen Stewart played the lead in the Twilight movies, where people remarked that either she was a bad actress or just a victim of a bad story (or both), and then in Snow White and the Huntsman, where she demonstrated it was the former.

Misfit: We'll give you James Woods' agent's right of free association as long as you are OK with no more forced gay-wedding cakes.

Comrade Misfit said...


I am fine with that, as long as the bakers put a sign up that says: "We don't make cakes for dogs or gays."

If they want to be bigots, then they should publicly own it.

ProudHillbilly said...

Aaaand... Comrade Misfit is the winner for the Public Display of Ignorance Award for today!

Ken said...

Watching the Bourbons (institutional left -- learned nothing, forgotten nothing) and Tories (institutional right -- whatever makes them go harrumph is a matter of the national honor) bust blood vessels over President Trump has been entertaining, and quality entertainment is hard to come by.

When the punchline is "The Aristocrats," the jokes really do write themselves.