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Hollywood-based gay rights activists organized two of Obama’s five L.A. fundraisers. “The fight on behalf of the LGBT community is part of a broader fight for all Americans,” said Obama at a Beverly Wilshire gala and dinner. What hypocrisy – Obama spent three and a half years of his term opposing gay marriage before his attitude conveniently “evolved” in time to kick off his reelection campaign.
The gay community apparently holds no grudge about that. It has poured $8 million into Obama’s coffers through March. He didn’t even specifically address the gay marriage issue at the gala, but that apparently didn’t faze the LGBT donors, who felt that his position was implied: “He said it the minute he walked onstage,” said J. Edgar screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
Among the Hollywood attendees in the crowd of 600 were CBS CEO Les Moonves and his wife Julie Chen, hostess of The Talk, Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick, former boy-band singer Lance Bass, gay icon Cher and her, uh, offspring Chaz Bono, Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his partner, Malcolm in the Middle producer Todd Holland and his partner, Star Trek actor George Takei, and representatives from Lionsgate, Hulu, Disney, and HBO. Some of the guests donated up to $25,000 each to Obama’s campaign for face-time and a photo op with the most media-obsessive president in history.
Following that event, Obama traveled by motorcade to a $25,000-a-plate dinner at the Beverly Hills home of gay Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy. The seventy donors there included actresses Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon, Banana Republic/Gap president Jack Calhoun, The Simpsons actress Yeardley Smith, Rob and Michelle Reiner, Southern California DNC co-chair John Emerson, and Hollywood agents, executives, and Glee actors.
While too many conservatives turn up their nose at Hollywood and surrender the culture war to the left, Obama is busy securing the support of history’s greatest propaganda machine. The right needs to recognize this power and find a strategy to fight for equal engagement in the cultural arena – or risk losing the war.
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