I also don’t know how much they should worry about this:
In a far-ranging poll Penn Schoen Berland conducted for The Hollywood Reporter of 1,000 registered voters to gauge moviegoing tendencies of Democrats vs. Republicans, it’s clear political allegiances have shifted entertainment viewing habits. Jon Penn, the firm’s president of media and entertainment research, says that before Freeman’s words, interest in Dolphin Talewas considerably higher among conservatives and religious moviegoers than among liberals. After the remarks, 34 percent of the conservatives who were aware of them, and 37 percent of Tea Partiers, said they were less likely to see the film — but 42 percent of liberals said they were more likely. (Five days after Freeman’s remarks, 24 percent of all moviegoers were aware of them.)
In fact, overall, 35 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Tea Partiers consider a celebrity’s political position before paying to see their films, compared with 20 percent of Democrats.
After all, Hollywood seems happy enough with the outcome (more Democrats going to movies); and the Hollywood-Democratic party strategic alliance doesn’t exactly seem about to collapse. Or to stop insulating the former from poor market decisions.
Via Hot Air Headlines.
PS: Suggestion for Republican legislators for 2013: repeal the Mickey Mouse Protection Act. Then, once they’re still blinking from that, casually mention that you’re thinking about Congressional regulatory oversight over the entertainment industry’s financial practices that’s commensurate with existing oversight over American industries of comparable size. Watch with amusement as the studios suddenly start enforcing a new decorum in political speech. With clubs.