Ben Stein Claims He Gets No Roles Because He’s Conservative (Hint: You’re Not A Good Actor)

Ben Stein was on Fox News on Friday whining about how Trump and his supporters are being ‘bullied’ by Hollywood for their political views.

From Breitbart:

“Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” while discussing liberal entertainers’ dislike of President-elect Donald Trump, former speechwriter Nixon and Ford speechwriter, actor and author Ben Stein said Hollywood is controlled by “thuggish bullies” who were “trying to shut down free debate.”

Ben Stein went on to complain about the fact that Hollywood is filled with liberals who ostracize conservatives from finding work. He blames this attitude on why his career in Hollywood has essentially dried up in the past decade.

“They are a united, black-listing front that will go against anyone that they think is politically undesirable. They’re not for freedom of speech or freedom of expression. They are exactly the opposite of that.”

But here’s the thing: Ben Stein is not a good actor. He had a role in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off playing a monotoned teacher and then repeated basically that same role a few more times in guest spots on a handful of TV shows and movies. Then he had a fairly successful TV game show, Win Ben Stein’s Money, where he continued the same monotoned dry humor for a few seasons before the schtick finally wore thin.

Personally, I would argue that given his lack of talent as an actor and his bland humor he should consider himself extremely lucky that he managed to have a career in TV and movies at all. Far more talented people than Ben Stein have struggled their entire lives without even coming close to the opportunities that Hollywood has given him.

But this is typical behavior among the right: they’re always victims. It’s deeply engrained into right-wing thinking that the world is working against them. We find this attitude in Donald Trump, the president-elect who just this weekend was again whining about his treatment by Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live. And we find this attitude prevalent on the alt-right, who think ‘western civilization’ is under attack by evil forces like communism and their favorite Bogeyman, cultural Marxism.

The rise of the right wing SJW is going to take an exponential upturn in the next few months. As Donald Trump turns out not to be the savior of western civilization the right seems to truly believe that he will be, criticism from non-delusional members of society will increase. And instead of just vague accusations of ‘racism’ against Trump and speculation about his alleged predilection for throwing pee parties with Russian hookers in Moscow hotel rooms, there will be material evidence of his failure to lead. The Trumplets aren’t going to like hearing about it, and like Ben Stein did Friday, they’ll whine and whine and whine some more about how mean Hollywood, and ‘libtards,’ and everyone else are being to them.

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