Hollywood’s shots at President-elect Donald Trump during the Golden Globes last night demonstrate a smug myopia among stars whose ratings and box office success are reliant on millions of middle Americans who voted Trump into office, commentators said.
Among the quipsters were Meryl Streep, host Jimmy Fallon — who was skewered on Twitter for a softball interview with Trump during the election — and Hugh Laurie, who won best supporting actor for his role in “The Night Manager,” in which he plays a billionaire arms dealer.
GOP strategist Ford O’Connell, who’s provided political commentary for entertainment outlets such as E! and People Magazine, said such politicizing is bad business.
“What La-La Land hasn’t grasped is that when they break into these petulant temper tantrums, they insult half of America, which is pretty stupid for Hollywood’s bottom line,” O’Connell said.
O’Connell cited underwhelming returns for projects by entertainers critical of Trump, such as Jennifer Lawrence’s film “Passenger,” which did only $130 million of the $300 million needed to turn a profit. Lawrence penned an angry online screed after Trump’s election.
“At the end of the day, you might not like Trump, but half of America does,” O’Connell said.