Is it Time for Conservatives to Create an Alternate Culture?

The culture leans sharply left, and in our current, highly-polarized political climate that means conservatives in the arts tend to be treated as outsiders at best and pariahs at worst. Listen to the personal experiences of conservatives in Hollywood, for example, whether “above the line” (the stars, producers and directors) or below it (the rest … Continued


How Liberals Became the New Cultural Conservatives

Boy have we come a long way since the 1960s. When Lou Reed was growing up, rock ‘n roll was under attack by culturally conservative critics who believed his music was immoral and a bad influence on the youth who loved it. Even the FBI got involved in investigating the lyrics of “Louie Louie” in … Continued


The Alt-Right’s Implacable Ego

When alt-right leader Richard Spencer was thrown out of the Conservative Political Action Convention last Thursday, I tracked him down on his favorite place, the internet, to get his reaction. I was attracted to Spencer not because of the media storm over the alt-right’s blatant racism or their affinity to identity politics, which propose that … Continued


Marco Rubio and the Masculinity Police

Presidential candidate Marco Rubio recently mocked a Washington Post story that recounted a brief encounter with law enforcement that Rubio had when he was eighteen. Rubio was caught hanging out in a park after hours, a misdemeanor. Rubio hit back with a fake ad revealing his other crimes—coloring outside the lines, double-dipping potato chips. The … Continued


Matt Taylor’s Shirt was Sexist. Period.

Matt Taylor should have picked a different shirt for the biggest and most public day of his career.  And that’s that. No, Matt Taylor’s sexy short sleeves do not in any way vitiate his technical accomplishments.  Yes, the reaction against Taylor was very often way out of proportion with the offense.  But that doesn’t change … Continued


The Beyoncé Debate: Can Traditionally Minded Women Be Sexy?

Yesterday, we ran a wonderful piece by Ashley McGuire on Beyoncé’’s Soulful Feminism. Ashley looked at Beyoncé’s superbowl performance and saw a strong woman who is beautiful, sexy, incredibly successful, and–perhaps most interesting of all–traditionally minded when it comes to sex, relationships, and family. Just recently, she slammed the idea of surrogates, saying  “I respect mothers … Continued

Culture, Fashion

Where Are the Conservatives in Hollywood?

Editor’s note: This piece is part of a symposium in which a variety of writers and thinkers weigh in on the relationship between conservatism and pop culture. Conservatives and Republicans didn’t always have a challenge getting ahead in Hollywood–they were Hollywood during its golden era, including Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, and … Continued

Are Conservatives Bad at Pop Culture?