Huckabee to Hollywood: Lay Off Trump or Risk Going Broke
By Bill Hoffmann | Friday, 30 Dec 2016 01:07 PM
“If snarky late night comics and pompous music stars keep alienating their audiences with angry, leftist political diatribes, they might eventually find themselves performing on street corners for spare change, next to some smelly guy who’s been out there holding a sign reading ‘The World Is Coming To An End’ since 1981,” the former Arkansas governor said on his Facebook page late Thursday.
“From listening to the media, you’d think every American is furious that Hillary Clinton didn’t get elected, despite the fact that at last count, she’s lost to Trump three times (on Election Day, in the misbegotten recounts and in the attempt to intimidate the Electoral College).”
Huckabee, who ran for the GOP presidential nomination earlier this year before dropping out and backing Trump, said the billionaire real-estate developer’s approval rating in the latest Rasmussen and Reuters/IPSOS polls has topped 50 percent.
“Consumer confidence has skyrocketed to its highest level since 2001. Manufacturing jobs are returning, stock markets are setting all-time records, and he hasn’t even been inaugurated yet,” Huckabee said.
“If Hollywood and the music industry are determined to keep up their 24/7 whining and insulting of both the President and that vast, red expanse of America that voted for him, they may find their audiences whittled down so much that they become completely irrelevant.”
He added that those who don’t believe Republicans are “sick of supporting entertainers who insult them” should look at the box-office tally of the recent R-rated political thriller starring Jessica Chastain and John Lithgow.
“The new movie ‘Miss Sloane,’ about a brave liberal lobbyist battling the evil NRA, got raves from critics and a Golden Globe nomination. It opened on 1,648 screens, and in its opening weekend, made less than $1.85 million,” Huckabee said.
“That averages to $1,133 per theater, or fewer than nine people per showing; bad enough to earn the #75 spot on the list of all-time worst opening weekends per theater. If the producers didn’t hate guns so much, they’d probably be moaning, “Just shoot me!”
Notables who’ve come out against Trump include: Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black, Stephen King, Cher, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, Johnny Depp, Richard Gere, Bette Midler, Miley Cyrus, Louis C.K.. Ben Stiller, J.K. Rowling and Chelsea Handler.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly earlier this year, Lawrence, the highly-paid star of “Passengers” and The Hunger Games” movies, said if Trump was elected, “that will be the end of the world.”