@MarkTapson

Mark is the Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt and a Shillman Fellow at the Horowitz Freedom Center. He writes about pop culture and politics for Acculturated, FrontPage Magazine, The Federalist, The New Criterion, and elsewhere. As a screenwriter, Mark has worked on numerous films including co-writing the award-winning documentary “Jihad in America: The Grand Deception.” He is currently adapting two books for the big screen and writing one of his own for Templeton Press.


The Brave New World of Publishing’s “Sensitivity Readers”

Nothing so surely kills artistic expression and the free spirit of the imagination as political dogma. When politics hijacks art the result is propaganda—a blunt instrument of control instead of a vehicle for transcendance. The Chicago Tribune reports that book publishers have begun to increase use of so-called “sensitivity readers” to examine manuscripts and to … Continued

Culture

What David Beckham Could Learn from Tim Tebow About Humility

Sports reveal character, it’s often said, but sometimes an athlete’s off-the-field actions can be even more revealing—and not always for the better. Last weekend, the Tim Tebow Foundation put on its annual Night to Shine prom experience for a whopping 75,000 people at 350 churches in fifty states and eleven countries. The event is for … Continued

Celebrities

Be Like Library Man

A cellphone video recently uploaded to YouTube, which has been viewed over 750,000 times as of this writing, proves that heroes don’t always wear capes. Sometimes they come in button-down shirts and nerdy eyeglasses. The video opens on a band of University of Washington student protesters gathered in the school library, reportedly about an hour … Continued

Culture

Dads Are Parents Too

Shortly after the birth of my third daughter I took all three girls into a supermarket where a woman observed me wearing one child on my chest in a baby harness and pushing the other two around in a shopping cart. “Wow, Dad doing the shopping and the babysitting!” she marveled. Sigh. She was well-meaning … Continued

Parenting

Raising Sons in the Age of Trump

One of the most disturbing facets of the wave of hysteria sweeping half the nation in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential election victory is the recent trend of feminist confessionals about their problematic feelings for their male children. In a recent opinion piece for The Sydney Morning Herald, self-declared feminist Polly Dunning, herself the … Continued

Politics

MTV’s Ridiculous New Year’s Resolutions for White Guys

For a network that has always either been, or striven to be, on the cutting edge of pop culture, MTV revealed itself to be remarkably out-of-touch with the zeitgeist. Apparently the youth-oriented cable channel didn’t get the memo that there is a cultural backlash against political correctness in effect, and that half the country is … Continued

Entertainment

No, Jerry Lewis’ Rude Interview Isn’t Funny

This week The Hollywood Reporter posted “Creative Until You Die,” a series of interviews with ten legendary entertainers who are still going strong in their nineties. It included such beloved figures as Cloris Leachman, Don Rickles, and Dick Van Dyke. “Nine of the interviews went great,” THR stated. “One was a trainwreck.” The trainwreck was … Continued

Celebrities

Art and Exploitation in ‘Last Tango in Paris’

A 2013 interview with famed film director Bernardo Bertolucci has just resurfaced and is causing widespread outrage. In it, Bertolucci claims that, for the sake of emotional and artistic authenticity in his movie Last Tango in Paris, he and actor Marlon Brando conspired to surprise Brando’s young co-star Maria Schneider in a rape scene which … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

John Glenn, Rocket Man

American hero John Glenn slipped the surly bonds of Earth for the final time last Thursday in his home state of Ohio at the age of ninety-five. “John Glenn is, and always will be, Ohio’s ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve,” said Ohio Gov. John Kasich. … Continued

Culture

Are We Overusing the Word ‘Hero’?

In the 1994 Robert Redford-directed Quiz Show, professor Charles Van Doren confesses in testimony before Congress that he had knowingly participated in the rigging of a TV game show which led to a shocking national scandal. The charming Van Doren, played by Ralph Fiennes, is so sincere and humble in his mea culpa that the … Continued

Culture