This year GLAAD didn’t like Phil Robertson giving his interpretation of what the Bible calls a sin so they forced A&E to suspend him indefinitely. GLAAD probably thought they had a huge win here but soon after both A&E and Cracker Barrel realized they were about to cut off the main demographic of their money making empires so they both reversed their positions and dropped GLAAD like a bad habit.
You might think this is just another example of a Leftist organization attempting to suppress the opinions with which they don’t agree only to realize the truth in Quinn’s First Law (Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent). But I think this latest temper tantrum of GLAAD took the culture debate in America to a new level and this is why I say GLAAD went a bridge too far.
If you aren’t familiar with the movie “A Bridge Too Far” then allow me to give some background. This movie, which is one of my favorite war movies, told the historical account of the failed Operation Market Garden in WWII. Montgomery had a plan to punch through the German Siegfried line defenses and send his troops deep inside German occupied lands but the operation was risky because it required paratroopers to take and hold 6 bridges while the main force motored through the country side. In the end it was a failure because the logistical difficulties in trying to hold these 6 bridges proved too much and hence the movie title – A Bridge Too Far.
I think this latest GLAAD protest has gone a bridge too far and not only awaked a sleeping giant in America but also revealed just why the Left hates Duck Dynasty.
Before Duck Dynasty, attempts to infiltrate reality TV failed on the right because the focus was on “infiltrating” rather than producing good entertainment. With a grasp of pop culture and capitalism that puts Kris Kardashian to shame, the Robertsons are the first conservative family to understand how reality TV works.
The threat of the Robertsons isn’t in Phil’s politically incorrect comments. The threat is that this family has figured out how right-wing politics and Evangelical Christianity can influence pop culture without being the punch line or the bad guy. While the left has spent decades making conservatives look like idiots and Christians look like bigots, Duck Dynasty reminds average Americans that these views are mainstream. The left is alerted but will those on the right take advantage of what the Robertsons have created?
The Left, and specifically GLAAD, is worried. Big Time!
And GLAAD’s worries are not just on a cultural war level but on a business level as well. From GLAAD’s latest available Performance Report available on their website (ending December 2011), they have a money problem.
GLAAD has not issued a similar report for 2012 but they did provide a copy of their Form 990 for 2012 and they had the same amount of revenue ($4.1 million) that year and reported expenses of $5.3 million. Their budget deficit shrunk but they still are on a financially unsustainable course.
I noticed something else interesting from the Form 990 for 2012 – Their annual revenue from gifts, grants, contributions and membership fees has dropped.
We have seen over the past couple of years what can happen when Conservatives fight back with our voices and our money to force companies and organizations to stop giving money and time to Liberal groups. Now is not the time to stop.
Addendum – If you are so inclined, Page 19 of the GLAAD Financial Report lists their corporate partners. Notice NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN are listed.