Hollywood and the music industry have come out against President Trump again and again, resulting in the #BoycottHollywood hashtag, and a loss in profits for the movie industry.
While Hollywood has been loosing profits since 2002, the number of theaters and movies made have increased. The loss in profits began before mainstream streaming services, cheaper flatscreen tvs, and downloading movies. Many conservatives feel as though actor’s reactions to politics definitely have something to do with that profit loss. Americans are finding other entertainment, and a large chunk of paying movie-goers tend to disagree with these celebrities newfound political agenda.
With Meryl Streep now speaking out against Trump twice, Madonna adding her feelings on “blowing up the White House,” and celebrities like Debra Messing, Sarah Silverman, and Judd Apatow appearing to condone the violence at the UC Berkley protests.
Breitbart continued to point out:
These condescending lectures have also helped spark another, more nefarious behavior…theft. Evidence of this practice can be seen anecdotally in the comment threads of conservative entertainment media. But data also shows new genres of piracy taking hold. A 2016 report, written by this writer, revealed a renaissance in “stream ripping” – software that allows users to rip audio from streaming music videos. Thirty percent of Internet users report using stream ripping – an unauthorized downloading behavior riling an industry that has suffered a 60% revenue decline from its 2000 high. A similar software is impacting Tinseltown – a peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol called BitTorrent, with the most popular app being Popcorn Time. This software allows users to access newly released films and TV shows with a library that far exceeds any subscription streaming service, and at a much cheaper price…namely, zero. The eloquent user interface rivals Netflix, and is sending shudders down the spine of film underwriters. In 2015, the app was reportedly being downloaded an astonishing 100,000 times per day. And remarkably, Popcorn Time has persistently evaded anti-piracy efforts.
So before breaking ground on these new political endeavors, Hollywood should rethink its political posturing. The industry is teetering towards a boycott by an enormous, fully engaged segment of the population that clearly has other options. As the music industry has shown, long-term behavior can forever change. And if this past election cycle has revealed anything, it’s that Tinseltown no longer holds a monopoly on shaping cultural mores. So why risk it with political lectures?