The worst thing to happen to the Vatican was the boom in photography and publishing, roughly around the turn of the 20th century. The Vatican, homebase of the Catholic elite clergy, was and still is a gross and flagrant monument to opulence. Everything is alabaster, marble, silk, gold, rare gems, and luscious woods. Before mass publication of photography, people might have heard of the riches of the Catholic Church, but not understood the magnitude. After the mass publication of photography, there’s no more open secret. The Catholic Church’s elite live better than royalty while preaching messages of humility to peasants. The Vatican is a monument to hypocrisy, and the ocean of that hypocrisy has been well understood for at least 100 years.
But just as the mass publication of photography laid bare the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, so too is social media beginning to prove to be the bane of the cult of celebrity. Social media has become the entity that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas envisioned during his confirmation hearing when he uttered the phrase “a cyber lynch-mob”. Constant snark, outrage, political correctness, and ideology, all viciously executed in the most public way possible pollute the internet universe. Right there in the palm of the world’s hand. Hollywood’s “casting couch” culture has caught up with them, and the social media universe is most definitely displeased.
Like I stated in the first installment of my 3-part serial “Youtube vs. Hollywood”, Harvey Weinstein is just the tip of a very nasty iceberg. Several others in Hollywood have already been dragged down with Weinstein (Robert De Niro seems to have been hit the hardest), and we even got a couple of delightful bonuses by learning that MSNBC’s Morning Joe talking head Mark Halperin and former President George H.W. Bush are sexual assaulters as well. But this is all just beginning. The lawsuits are just starting, there is much more news of these sins being committed, many more names to be named, more careers to bring to ruin.
But soon, the floodgates of pedophilia will be wide open. This is your last chance to come to grips with reality on Steve Bannon, the late Andrew Breitbart, and President Trump. All three of these men understand the importance that pop culture plays in the American politic. President Trump has been to Hollywood, knows who the players are. Bannon and President Trump are more than capable of bringing down the celebrity class with weaponized politics and the internet. They are not the incompetent dullards that the media portray them as. They are not to be underestimated.
Once the long-awaited “open secret” of pedophilia is revealed and names are named, it’s going to be a very bad time in Hollywood. It’s early yet, only a couple weeks removed from the newscycle that ended Harvey Weinstein, so it might be a while longer before the Hollywood pedophilia bombshells start falling. Nevertheless, there are some hints alluding to the impending bombshell. Corey Feldman, a well-known child actor from the 80’s, is trying to raise $10 million to produce a film that covers this topic, but I remain skeptical of his motives. One of the child actors of the heavily-promoted hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” was sexually assaulted by his agent, and even Kevin Spacey has just now been accused of making sexual advances on a minor. It appears to only be a matter of time until the floodgates burst, and some big names in Hollywood are revealed to be pedophiles. The “open secret” will not avoid the internet, can not survive the social media age.
There was a time not too long ago, maybe the late 1960’s until the late 1980’s when celebrities could be brought down by being caught with drugs. Those days are long gone, but are they ready to come back? If I am correct in my perceptions, then I think we could see a return. There is too much evidence of a paradigm shift for me to think that Hollywood can continue to operate in their current bloated state. If the paradigm shift is to be completed, then a growing generation of new Trump-style conservatism will openly reject the celebrity culture that is slapped with the labels of sexual assaulters, pedophiles, and drug addicts. I predict that some major celebrity will be outed (probably by a viral video) as being a massive drug addict, leading to another fresh batch of social media outrage, more big names being dragged under. The sex scandals were the first shoe to drop in the social media era of no more “open secrets”, drugs will be the other shoe.
And let us not forget that this is all a device of their own making. Too many celebrities were all-too-willing to take a paycheck to insult President Trump before and after his Presidential win. Too many celebrities took a paycheck to grandstand upon morals they never had to begin with. If Hollywood hadn’t made such a big deal about Trump’s Hollywood Access tape, hadn’t pushed their phony social media morality nonsense, then none of this would matter. Now that Hollywood has politically stoked the flames of leftist Social Justice Warrior nonsense, they find themselves vulnerable to being burned when social media finds the evidence of hypocrisy. The irony is extraordinarily sweet. After all, President Trump has recently cracked down on the opiate crisis. Just watch while Hollywood gets caught in the dragnet.
Social media hates a hypocrite. Life comes at you fast.