It’s been reported that Karine Jean-Pierre, Joe Biden’s White House press secretary, has declined an award from Outfest, a pro-LGBT non-profit organization, in a show of solidarity with Hollywood writers and actors on strike. As the corporate media focuses on this elitist drama, countless Americans face graver realities.
Outfest had planned to honor Jean-Pierre with their inaugural Achievement Award for Press and Media, a commendation recognizing the representation of the LGBT community in the media. But Jean-Pierre has chosen to sit out the L.A.-based event.
Biden press sec refuses to accept gay press award in solidarity with Hollywood strike: reporthttps://t.co/OQWJ0XdFum
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Jean-Pierre’s decision follows similar actions by actors Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. Instead of accepting their awards at the festival, they also plan to align themselves with the strikers.
These celebrities find their support for Hollywood’s industrial dispute significant, but does it resonate with the American public? The narrative surrounding the Hollywood strike may captivate those who prioritize progressive programming. Still, this is far from a pressing issue for many ordinary Americans.
Real-world problems – soaring energy prices, increasing crime rates, a struggling economy – dominate the everyday American’s mind. While Jean-Pierre’s refusal of the Outfest award sends a political message, one must question whether this message is relevant to most Americans.
While Hollywood’s glitterati wage war over fair pay and benefits, most Americans are concerned about making ends meet. They’re focused on healthcare, job security and their children’s education. They’re worried about the escalating violence in their cities and the rising cost of living.
It seems crucial now more than ever for the White House to communicate that they understand and are focused on the problems of ordinary citizens rather than being swayed by the narratives of Hollywood.
While Jean-Pierre’s decision to stand with Hollywood strikers might earn her applause in some quarters, the actual task is to engage with the genuine concerns of the American public. The struggles of the ordinary American should be the focus, not the disputes of the progressive leftists who dominate popular culture.