Who Runs Hollywood?
Jewish journalist Joel Stein answered with a resounding, "C'mon" (must resist temptation to insert "man" here) in a piece in the LA Times in December 2008. A statement like this is enough for the Anti-Defamation League to make an accusation of antisemitism and the statement makes its way into surveys they conduct which determine how anti-semitic the United States is. At the time of Stein's article, only 22% of Americans believed that, "“the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews,”(down from nearly 50% in 1964).
More recently, the ADL released a similar survey in January of 2020 revealing that the number has fallen further to about 17%.
However, as Stein points out in his 2008 article, "The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood." Good news: America is not as anti-Semitic as it once was which isn't proven so much by what they believe about Jewish people and Hollywood, but more by the fact that Jewish people in fact run Hollywood. Which, couldn't happen if America was really anti-semitic (we live in an age where you have to point out the obvious).
Makes ya wonder what the people at the ADL will have to do now that they are out of a job.
As the Director of Diversity at LOOR, I want to point out that we do not see this as a bad thing. Jesus, after all, was a Jewish man. As were His apostles, which means that the New Testament was written by Jewish men. The Ten Commandments? The product of Yahweh's finger on tablets of stone and given to a Jewish man named Moses. At LOOR we are nothing if not all about "story." The people of the Old Covenant were used by God to create the greatest stories and in the process gave us The Greatest Story Ever Told.
One might expect that the moral character of the product coming out of Hollywood would therefore reflect the moral law of the Old Covenant, since most film execs in Hollywood claim ancestry to it. It doesn't take a film historian to prove the fallacy of that presupposition. The Jewish Apostle Paul wrote about the hypocrisy of claiming lineage to the Covenant while disobeying it in Romans chapter two (to be fair, he was warning Christians to not do it, and Christians do it too).
It's time for the people grafted into the New Covenant to break into Hollywood and refuse a seat at the table, as it were. Stein finished his article with the words, "I don’t care if Americans think we’re running the news media, Hollywood, Wall Street or the government. I just care that we get to keep running them."
All the way back in 2008 Stein himself pointed out that 59% of America did not hold their values. That sounds like marketshare that's being left on the table. That sounds like opportunity.
For the sake of our purposes, I'll point out that LOOR is in the final stages of our SAFE round of investment. We seek a few more investors who are accredited for $50k or more. For the Christian, LOOR is an opportunity to challenge Hollywood for the sake of the New Covenant. We do not expect the fight to be easy, especially when we announce our intentions like this. We believe in behaving like men. To that end, we believe it is only fair to serve warning about our intent.
A Christian-run "Hollywood" will not only give everyone--no matter their race, ethnicity or creed--a fair shake, it will give content creators an opportunity to communicate the Christian worldview clearly and without censorship. On a level playing field you truly find out who has the best story.
To Mr. Stein, all we have to say is, may the best story win!
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