You May Not Have Known this About Joan Rivers

Hollywood is notoriously liberal. Conservatives have to hide their views in order to remain employed. This is mostly true of younger actors. Older actors like Jon Voight and Gary Sinese can get away with a conservative worldview because they are box office money makers.

If it’s one thing Hollywood understands, it’s making money, what most liberal movies don’t do.

This mean that Hollywood will change a story in order to fit its liberal worldview. Consider the upcoming film Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie. It’s based on the book of the same name written by Laura Hillenbrand (author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend) that’s “a chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.”

What’s missing from the Zamperini film adaptation by Jolie, if reports are accurate, is his Christian faith which is an integral part of the story.

“The Universal Pictures film, directed by Angelina Jolie, is scheduled for release on Christmas Day. However, word has already gotten out that Zamperini’s spiritual journey is absent from the film adaption of Laura Hillenbrand’s book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption.


“‘It could be a great movie,’ said Christian media critic Ted Baehr, but not without the story of his ‘spiritual release,’ which is just as important as his physical release from captivity.”

The hope was that it would be as true to life as the Academy-Award-winning Chariots of Fire (1981) was.

But back to Joan Rivers. Most people know her from her biting comedy routine. It’s was raw, intimidating, and often offensive. Rivers made her way in a tough male-dominated entertainment industry. She was a hard worker up until the day she died. It might explain some (not all) of her conservative political positions.

The following is from the Wall Street Journal article “Joan Rivers: The Entertainer” written by Peggy Noonan:

“She wouldn’t let a friend pay a bill, ever. She tipped like a woman who used to live on tips. She was hilarious that day on the subject of Barack and Michelle Obama, whom she did not like. (I almost didn’t write that but decided if Joan were here she’d say, ‘Say I didn’t like Obama!’)

“She was a Republican, always a surprising thing in show business, and in a New Yorker, but she was one because, as she would tell you, she worked hard, made her money with great effort, and didn’t feel her profits should be unduly taxed. She once said in an interview that if you have 19 children she will pay for the first four but no more. Mostly she just couldn’t tolerate cant and didn’t respond well to political manipulation.

“She believed in a strong defense because she was a grown-up and understood the world to be a tough house. She loved Margaret Thatcher, who said what Joan believed: The facts of life are conservative. She didn’t do a lot of politics in her shows — politics divides an audience — but she thought a lot about it and talked about it. She was socially liberal in the sense she wanted everyone to find as many available paths to happiness as possible.

“I am not sure she ever felt accepted by the showbiz elite, or any elite. She was too raw, didn’t respect certain conventions, wasn’t careful, didn’t pretend to a false dignity. She took the celebrated and powerful down a peg. Her wit was broad and spoofing—she would play the fool—but it was also subversive and transgressive. People who weren’t powerful or well-known saw and understood what she was doing.”

Joan Rivers told an interviewer that she was a Republican. She didn’t feel guilty for her hard-earned success by pushing a leftist economic agenda to make her feel good and make the recipients of people who got some of her redistributed hard-earned money feel resentment:

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