Tom Hanks might want to reconsider the party he’s aligned himself with, given that extremists within his chosen Democrat Party have begun turning against him.
Yes, that’s right: One of the most prominent Democrats in Hollywood is now being assailed by NPR “TV critic” Eric Deggans, whose salary, rather humorously, is subsidized by taxpayers.
And exactly what are the taxpayers subsidizing?
Well, in the case of Mr. Deggans, apparently taxpayer funds are worthy of a whole bunch of commentary whining about how “anti-racist” differs from being “non-racist,” using Tom Hanks as an ironic target for such a discussion.
“[Anti-racism] implies action – looking around your universe and taking specific steps to dismantle systemic racism … So I am saying it is time for folks like Hanks to be anti-racist.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
So, according to the taxpayer-subsidized Deggans, “anti-racism” apparently means that people must take “action” to prove they aren’t racist.
Also, according to Deggans, it is apparently offensive that Tom Hanks has dared to play characters that are white men, in particular characters who embody heroism and exceptionalism in their actions.
“Over the years, he has starred in a lot of big movies about historical events, including Saving Private Ryan, Greyhound, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Bridge of Spies and News of the World. He has served as a producer or executive producer on even more films and TV shows based on American history, including Band of Brothers, The Pacific, John Adams and From the Earth to the Moon. He was an executive producer of documentaries such as The Assassination of President Kennedy and The Sixties on CNN.”
In other words, he is a baby boomer star who has built a sizable part of his career on stories about American white men ‘doing the right thing.’” [Source: The Daily Wire]
“White men” who are “doing the right thing,” huh? What would you prefer Hanks do, Mr. Deggans? The wrong thing?
For that matter, what other characters is Hanks supposed to play, exactly? Martin Luther King, Jr.? Though one could only imagine the massive tantrum liberals would throw if any Caucasian actor of any kind played any role that called for a minority.
In addition, Deggans predictably ranted about the fact that Hanks has made “fortunes amplifying ideas of white American exceptionalism and heroism,” while also predictably declining to comment on quite a few black performers, including various actors, who have also made “fortunes” in Hollywood.
Never mind that those same “fortunes” tend to include massive amounts of tax revenues that fund all Deggans’ drivel in the first place, but the chronically ungrateful never let such considerations enter their mind.
“Rather than talk about what ‘historically based fiction entertainment’ must do, why not talk about what Tom Hanks, longtime scripted and documentary executive producer, will do? As a star who can get a movie made just by agreeing to appear in it, what will Tom Hanks, movie star, actually do?
Let’s make part of that conversation how baby boomer filmmakers have made fortunes amplifying ideas of white American exceptionalism and heroism … And how their responsibility now lies with helping dismantle and broaden the ideas they helped cement in the American mind.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
Well, Mr. Deggans, for what it’s worth, Hanks owes you exactly nothing.
Hanks is an entertainer, pure and simple, which is precisely why his (amongst other celebrities’) views are not exactly widely welcomed by the American public, given that they tend to run extremely liberal.
However, to then assail Hanks for apparently not “doing enough?” For that matter, since Hanks has played in a number of historically-based films, it is not at all “offensive” that the majority of the soldiers featured are white considering that, demographically speaking, the United States remains majority white to this day?
While liberals may hate statistics (and the truth behind them), the frank reality is that Hanks’s films would be offensive if they rewrote history to undermine all the achievements made by someone, regardless of what their ethnic background may be.
For that matter, what exactly has Mr. Lebron James done to contribute to “anti-racism,” aside from stoke up serious hatred against the police when he is not busy demonstrating terrible sportsmanship out on the basketball court? Aside from throw his weight behind ultra-violent BLM?
If that’s “anti-racism,” libs can keep it.
Author: Ofelia Thornton