Could Mila Kunis Be a Sign of Hollywood Hope and Change?

Most of our work on this site involves pointing out the shocking bias, political and economic ignorance, and general bad behavior of Hollywood movers and shakers. Imagine my shock, surprise and glee to run across this excerpt from a recent GQ interview with the Marine Corps’ favorite actress…

…Mila Kunis:

GQ: Your new movie is called Friends with Benefits. Ever been in one of those relationships?

Mila Kunis: Oy. I haven’t, but I can give you my stance on it: It’s like communism — good in theory, in execution it fails. Friends of mine have done it, and it never ends well. Why do people put themselves through that torture?

Wait, did a young, on the rise actress just call Communism a great failure? Did she just say that it may sound good in practice but never works? By golly, I think she did!

And that’s pretty awesome. From this quote can we determine that Ms. Kunis is a Randian Libertarian? We know based on her selection of film work and various photo shoots that she most likely isn’t a member of the Family Leaders crowd. Should we make a YouTube video and offer her a blog spot on Big Hollywood?

Too soon to tell. Chances are good that if we push the issue, her PR team will force her to retreat and stay apolitical. And I say, good for her. I simply find it refreshing that somebody in her position doesn’t shoot her mouth off and say ridiculous things in an attempt to ingratiate herself to Hollywood’s Borg hive mind. You know, like a certain other young, very attractive actress. Or like this overrated “thespian”.

Of course, most people in their right mind would say that Communism is a bad idea and has been a total failure every place it’s been attempted. A majority of Americans would also wrinkle their noses at the idea of Socialism. That’s why the left and the media have gone through such Herculean efforts to distance their ideas from their actual origins. “Progressives” supposedly aren’t Socialists because they say so. To call them out as such reveals “ignorance”. It is an example of “name calling” or is currently somehow “racist”. Whatever. Wealth redistribution, nationalizing private companies, and elaborate currency manipulation schemes are socialist and communist ideas. If my ideology’s resume included hits like the U.S.S.R., North Korea, Greece, and Cuba I’d probably look into some rebranding too.

Ultimately, Kunis said something obvious, but it is brave nonetheless. Perhaps, since President Obama ascended to power like a trendy rock star, his popularity is starting to fade with the “in” crowd? Maybe his dropping poll numbers will take his entire ideology down with him? Hollywood, and the “in” crowd are quite fickle. Trends come and go. You know who was cool in 1991? Gerardo. “Rico Suave” baby!! I don’t think Gerardo would sell many records or fill up Madison Square Garden today. And that’s the risk in being “popular” without substance. It’s a fleeting thing. Since Obama himself is so charismatic, people have a hard time blaming him personally for the misery his policies have inflected upon our great nation. Instead, they have to blame something else. The Progressive platform becomes the next likely target.

Hollywood will never become a socially conservative industry. It never has been and never will be. But I can see libertarian ideals becoming popular in the very near future. There is something naturally appealing to “free spirits” and artists of the industry in the ideas of personal liberty and personal responsibility. And I’ll save the snarky commenters the precious time by saying that it shouldn’t surprise anyone that many self-absorbed, narcissist actors find a kindred spirit in Ayn Rand.

Kunis may simply be too smart to fall for the nonsense that most young people, especially in Hollywood quickly embrace. Her mother is a physics teacher and her father is a mechanical engineer. She’s a self described computer nerd who spends hours playing “World of Warcraft”. Most importantly, unlike the other young actresses who come from suburban Utopias or the random trailer park, Kunis was born in the former U.S.S.R.. That’s right. Her childhood was spent in the hell hole of broken dreams, bread lines, and lack of personal freedoms that the government of California is determined to recreate. So, at the cocktail parties, Kunis must have to bite her tongue as the Malibu raised, bespectacled junior agent drones on about the evils of Capitalism while drinking $20 cosmos on the UTA credit card. She and her family have seen FIRST HAND the misery that the academics and progressive politicians only imagine in their fevered dreams.

Kunis has demonstrated a lot of smarts with her career. She’s parlayed a successful television career into a series of high profile features. She even has a starring role in Sam Raimi’s upcoming “mockbuster” of my film “The Witches of Oz”; “Oz the Great and Powerful” with James Franco. It’s no coincidence that people who demonstrate above average intelligence in the real world trend conservative. And I’m not talking about academic background. I’m talking about street smarts, savvy, and rich personal experiences. Smart people don’t walk around all the time explaining how smart they are. Ever notice how progressives are always going on about “intellectualism” and trying to impress you with big words for obviously idiotic things?

Yeah, exactly my point.

I do think libertarianism is on the rise in Hollywood. I recently produced a film starring the mighty James Woods. The average age on the crew was about 27. On set I overheard a female crew person mumbling about how she saw Woods on Fox News and that he had become a “crazy conservative.” A male crew member, cigarette in mouth, calmly looked at her and replied “he’s not crazy, he’s right”. I didn’t have to say a word.

Hope and change indeed.

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