It’s not very often there’s a conservative Hollywood actor who doesn’t make us roll our eyes, so when Kurt Russell spoke out against gun control (see Kurt Russell Evicerates Gun Control…and it’s Perfect and Kurt Russell Doubles Down on Pro-Gun Comments. Invokes Founding Fathers…), it caught our attention. Seems Snake isn’t just bad a** in the movies.
“I wasn’t a Republican, I was worse: I was a hardcore libertarian.”
Like many libertarians, Russell says he found his way toward the light as a young person unable to “buy into a political culture” and found the roots of libertarianism in the Founding Fathers, who he describes as “pretty radical guys, and damn smart” with “great ideas.” Getting more specific with his political philosophy, Russell adds:
“I believe in limited Constitutional government, free market capitalism, reach for the brass ring. There’s this place where you can go do that and don’t step on anybody’s toes and still try to reach for the brass ring. “
Kurt Russell, we salute you!
Imagine that. More freedom. More opportunity. Best of all, over fifty years in the business playing some of film’s most iconic characters, so blacklisting him would be near impossible. It’s kind of like South Park. Would South Park ever be picked up by a mainstream network in today’s 2015, liberal, SJW culture? Not in a million years.
But South Park single-handedly turned Comedy Central from a struggling niche-network, to octupling it’s reach within one year. All because of one crass, anti-authoritarian, libertarian-leaning cartoon. Now, if you’re in the entertainment industry and aren’t as established as Snake or South Park, it’s better to keep your mouth shut. It’s no secret that Tinseltown is a safe space from opposing viewpoints.
But here’s the crazy thing: when more “Conservative” content does somehow manage squeak past the executives and make it to the airwaves, it’s usually successful. See Last Man Standing or yes, South Park. There’s a market there, and it’s not being filled. The worst part is that it’s not even a profit-motive, but an ideological one. As media gets more and more fragmented and network gate-keepers become less and less relevant, I’m willing to bet you’ll find more celebrities like Kurt Russell willing to speak out.