Time and time again, an entertainer has opened his or her mouth to reveal a shocking intolerance of differing opinions. From Alec Baldwin to Jennifer Lawrence, the nutcase brigade of Hollywood has shown what true intolerance looks like and in doing so, has turned many people off of their brand of entertainment.
One star, however, recently made it known to a reporter that he did not agree with the ideological bent of Fox News, the top-rated news channel that is often claimed to have a conservative bias.
However, amazingly, his answer was respectful and remarkably tolerant.
Bryan Cranston, the star of the sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle” and the wildly-popular drama series “Breaking Bad” recently sat down with the left-leaning site The Daily Beast and was asked point-blank how he felt about the treatment of Republicans in Hollywood.
Rather than take the invitation to jump on the intolerance bandwagon, Cranston offered a classy response:
“The biggest problem I think we have is the polemic nature of politics, and in Hollywood, it’s castigating someone who doesn’t think the same as you and branding them the villain,” he said. “I look at Fox News and I honestly don’t demonize them at all; I honestly believe that what they’re saying they believe in and for that I can’t fault them.”
“I disagree, but I hope they can say the same about me — that I’m truly fighting for what I think are in the best interests of the country — because I think they are, too,” he continued. “We can have discourse and we can disagree with each other and as Trumbo says in the movie, ‘We both have the right to be wrong.’ That’s America.”
That’s it- that’s all a liberal actor has to say if he disagrees with conservative viewpoints.
Actors are people, too, and it is unreasonable to presume that they should exist only for our entertainment purposes and without opinions on life, religion and politics.
However, what has become chic in Hollywood is to trash and belittle the belief systems of hundreds of millions of Americans who buy tickets to their movies, support their television shows and buy their albums.
It would be nice if Mr. Cranston could join the hundreds of millions of Americans who hold conservative ideas, but if not, that’s okay. We cannot and should not demand agreement but should demand respect for our ideals and belief systems.
That Cranston has demonstrated a healthy level of respect for American discourse and true tolerance of a diversity of opinions is not only practically unheard of for a Hollywood actor, it’s damn rare to witness in any liberal circles.