It’s no secret to anyone who has been paying attention to the fine points of culture and politics that the entertainment industry has driven the bus on advancing progressivism in the American culture.
And as we have seen, since yesterday when John Boehner was re-elected as House Speaker, there are severe consequences for those who don’t play nice under political protocol.
In this era of highly charged progressive politics, many Hollywood elites march to the progressive tune in order maintain favored career status. However there are exceptions and the latest superstar to step in to the cold light of day, and proclaim faith and allegiance to a host of conservative values, is Kid Rock.
Since the uncovering of Friends of Abe, a slow trickle of Hollywood stars have spoken up to defend their conservative values only to face the wrath of the IRS, one of the biggest stories of 2014. But maybe that will change as their numbers grow, so to speak.
A few days ago, Kid Rock, in an interview with The Guardian came out of the closet and set the record straight on what lies behind his rock star persona.
At his core, he is a rebel, and perhaps that’s what drives his outspoken stance. He makes no apologies for his wealth or the fact he is a Republican. He’s not for homosexual marriage, but doesn’t oppose the lifestyle, and he’s a big 2A guy, among other things.
Kid Rock is in good company. Ted Nugent, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, 50 Cent, Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, Johnny Ramone, Phill Collins, and Ian Curtis are all self-proclaimed conservatives and have all rocked successful careers, in spite of entertainment industry progressive protocol.
As more conservative rockers speak out, there are still those who insist on protesting the founding principles and use their rock star profile to attack them. Last year, The Boss (Bruce Springsteen) dissed fellow New Jerseyan, Chris Christie, and Dixie Chick, Natalie Maines, stands by her international snub of George Bush.
That’s ok. Neither seem to be burning up the charts these days. Perhaps the people have spoken with their wallets, or maybe they just don’t have the juice they once had in their hay-day.
Either way you look at it, it’s becoming more and more popular to exercise freedom of speech, in or out of the entertainment industry, progressive or conservative, and that rocks.