A recent study found the majority of Hollywood to be as morally valuable as recycled dental floss. With 9 out of 10 dentists recommending you stare at the dirty corner of the bathroom you always see while occupied with other important things. In the sea of Hollywood’s continuing poo spiral comes this gem from Ridley Scott, Hollywood director of such blockbusters as Aliens, Gladiator, Blackhawk Down, The Martian and many others. Street cred. He has it. In giving an interview for his new movie All the Money in the World a “clever” reporter tried being woke about tax reform.
Q: There’s a lot commentary in this film about the value of human life, class struggles and the role of wealth in society. Do you think there’s anything to be learned from it at this moment in America?
A: Well, let’s take the tax bill. People say (Republicans) are doing it for the wealthy class. What they forget is if you get a clever, un-selfish business person — I don’t care if it’s a corner store or a big business — who’s suddenly saving 15 percent, they’ll put it back in this business. Then you’re going to get growth and therefore (people) will get employed.
Trickle down. Ridley Scott just described trickle down. Evidence of which we’ve already witnessed. Read In Response to Tax Reform, Three Grateful Companies Help Employees. He’s not wrong.
But leave it to the interviewer, probably a whiny Millennial, to release his “privilege” talking points, erupting from his stomach like a xenomorph.
Q: I’m sure you benefited from some help early on in your career.
A: I’m a natural-born hunter because that’s who I am. No one taught me that. I started from scratch. I arrived in Hollywood with a wristwatch and stayed at the YMCA. You have to learn the curve. But don’t (expletive) moan about it. It’s about doing. There’s always a way in. I used to lay concrete on runways for an Irish company when I was a student. I packed drywall. My parents didn’t have the money to help me out. But they were very supportive of anything I wanted to do.
Translation: Screw you, weasel. I wasn’t given a booster seat my whole life, I earned what I have, you little shit. Or at least that’s how I see it playing out in my head.
Mr. Scott is right. The more money people are able to keep from the grabby-handed government, the more cable they are to grow and succeed. And help others succeed by extension. Which doesn’t mean the only way to get ahead is to receive help from a generous benefactor. With drive, ambition, the willingness to work, and humility, someone can prosper. Without government interference. Or Bernie Sanders dulcet tones echoing through eternity.
Less buzzing like a busy bee about fairness and handouts (or getting a leg up). More doing what it takes to succeed on one’s own.
Be more like Ridley. Less like Colton Wade: