henever an award show airs, as the Golden Globes did last night, Sunday, January 8, we hear criticism of the so-called "Hollywood elite," this supposed west coast well of rich Americans who live in a bubble that includes self-congratulatory parties and doing very little work for large sums of money.
Last night, several actors, including the indomitable Meryl Streep, used their speeches to speak out against the current state of affairs, and specifically, against Donald Trump. And, as expected, Trump supporters and Hollywood critics jumped at the opportunity to attack the "Hollywood elite" and victimize themselves.
Well, one actor who you may know just had enough.
When ultra-conservative YouTube star, Tomi Lahren, tweeted that Hollywood elites "wouldn't know average, every day hard-working Americans if we bit them in the ass," VEEP star, Timothy Simons, snapped back.
I’d also like to point out that Tomi Lahren, a YouTube show host, includes herself in that “average, every day, hard-working” group.
Not to say that she’s not, but she sits in front of a camera and says words for a living…exactly the same way every actor in that Golden Globes room does.
This set Simons off.
He may play the hilariously bumbling Jonah Ryan on VEEP, but Simons put comedy aside to sound off about how insulting — and fabricated — the concept of the “Hollywood elite” is.
He went to work listing the innumerable jobs of the supposed "Hollywood elite."
Critics think everyone who works in film or television sits on a golden throne all day before collecting a massive paycheck. Simons proved that is as far from the case as humanly possible.
And he continued...
It truly takes an army to make a movie or a TV series. And these people, whether they’re actors or set builders or truck drivers or make-up artists, work long, hard hours.
Many are members of unions. Many struggle to make ends meet. And, as Simons points out, the entertainment industry provides the country with one of its biggest exports.
Simons suggests that maybe the critics of the "Hollywood elite" are actually the ones living in a bubble.
If these people can’t recognize how hard film and TV crew members work, maybe they should escape their bubble for a moment and come to Hollywood.
The city will welcome them with open arms and they’ll be able to witness the grueling work schedules, admirable diversity, and lack of “elitism” for themselves.