In last week's Ricochet podcast, the boys were talking with guest Ben Shapiro about Hollywood's leftward tilt. Rob was the only one who offered a little resistance—not on the substance of the general argument, but on certain particulars—and it got me thinking.
For the most part, it's my liberal friends who tend to obsess over where the personal and the political meet. Recently, one in particular wondered aloud why a conservative like me had a book on Modern architecture on his shelf; another couldn't wrap his head around the idea that my iPod is filled with live Grateful Dead. And on more than one occasion, I've had liberal friends take offense at my cultural tastes—as if I were only allowed to watch NASCAR and listen to Carrie Underwood.
And I'm totally fine with their expressions of tolerance.
But it seems to me like we're lowering ourselves to their level when we worry about the political affiliations of writers and directors and producers and actors. Can't we just judge a film on its merits? While we're at it, shouldn't it be okay to dig, say, Eddie Vedder's music even though the man himself serves as a mouthpiece for a heap of left-wing causes?
Or am I the only conservative who doesn't particularly care about an artist's politics?