Gwyneth Paltrow’s Racial Lie, with a Conservative Assist
Hollywood liberals are always going to fib. There’s really nothing conservatives can do to stop it. But what is within our power is the ability to create an environment in which liberal lies become harder and harder to get away with. The “global warming” issue is a perfect example. Conservatives have done a pretty good job of disseminating the facts to counter the “climate change” lobby’s BS. Sure, the left still has its powerful media organs. But I would argue that it’s a lot more difficult these days to get away with Al Gore-style greenhouse gasbaggery than it was ten years ago.
Sometimes, however, I think we drop the ball in our responsibility to spread a message of truth to counter liberal misinformation. I’d even say that in one particular area, we’ve completely missed an opportunity to take pride in a very significant cultural achievement by conservatives, one that liberals have now decided to take credit for.
Hollywood leftist Gwyneth Paltrow has managed to spew one of the most vile lies that has ever emanated from the mouth of any Hollywood liberal (and that’s saying a lot). Worse still, her lie cynically seeks to give the left bragging rights for what was, in reality, a great moment in conservative history.
In an interview with AOL/Huffington Post, Paltrow credits her late father, TV producer Bruce Paltrow (a rabid Hollywood leftist extremist who callously blacklisted anyone he considered to be conservative), with one of the most significant cultural milestones in Hollywood history. She claims that he broadcast “the first interracial kiss ever on television” (on his show “The White Shadow”).
According to Paltrow, her leftist dad single-handedly changed the culture with that incredibly brave “first.” AOL/HuffPo went even further, omitting the “on television” line in the text of the story, thus crediting Paltrow with showing “the first interracial kiss ever.” “FIRST INTERRACIAL KISS: WHITE SHADOW” screamed the HuffPo headline. “THE KISS THAT SHOCKED THE NATION,” bellowed AOL News: “The kiss had a big impact on society; mega-star’s father was behind major moment.”
Yep. To the left, it all makes perfect sense. Of course a liberal would be the one to break that racial taboo. And now millions of AOL/HuffPo readers know that important fact.
Except for the fact that it’s not a fact. It’s that thing that’s the opposite of a fact. What the hell do you call that kind of thing…oh, right – a lie. A shameless, bald-faced lie.
The “interracial kiss” episode of “The White Shadow” was broadcast in 1979. The actual first televised interracial kiss was TWELVE YEARS EARLIER, on the 1967 NBC television special “Movin’ with Nancy,” starring Nancy Sinatra (who exchanged the kiss with Sammy Davis Jr. View it HERE). The next year, 1968, “Star Trek” featured a kiss between William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols.
Paltrow and AOL/HuffPo decided to create a myth, as phony and demonstrably false as the Cardiff Giant or Bigfoot. And whereas Paltrow might be excused for, well, being kind of an idiot who was probably just repeating family lore, AOL/HuffPo is supposed to have fact checkers. But, of course, liberal myth-creation is their business.
At this point, you might be asking, “okay, but where do conservatives come in?” Well, here’s where. When Hollywood broke the real taboo – interracial love scenes (as opposed to just a kiss) – conservative stars led the way (long before Paltrow’s daddy aired the 1979 kiss). In 1969, 20th Century Fox’s “100 Rifles” was the first big-studio film to feature an interracial love scene, between Jim Brown and self-described conservative Raquel Welch. This was followed in 1971 by Warner Bros.’ big summer release “The Omega Man,” which featured an interracial love scene between Charlton Heston and Rosalind Cash. In the years that followed, Heston recounted how the studio didn’t want him to do the interracial scene. After all, he was a superstar at the top of his game. If he damaged his bankability, the studio – and Heston – could lose millions. But Heston was willing to take the risk. He insisted on doing the scene, the studio bosses be damned.
Now, think about this for a moment. If, today, you were to ask a hundred young people whether they thought it was a liberal or a conservative who was the first movie star to break the interracial love scene taboo, how do you think they’d respond?
My guess is, probably 99% would say liberal. The left has worked hard to create an atmosphere in which that would be the automatic assumption. We need to be as loud with the facts as the left is with its lies. Because I don’t believe it’s mere coincidence that the taboo was broken by conservatives. At the root of Constitutional conservatism is respect for the rights and dignity of the individual. Whether he was marching with Dr. King, fighting to preserve the Second Amendment, or telling studio bosses to shove it when they said he shouldn’t do a love scene with a black woman, Heston was fighting for the same thing – the rights of the individual.
To look at it another way, let’s ask a simple question: Why didn’t any of Hollywood’s liberal 1960s megastars demand that they do an interracial, black/white love scene? Liberal superstars like Burt Lancaster and Gregory Peck had even more clout than Heston. But no, the stars who broke the taboo against interracial black/white love scenes weren’t Hollywood liberal elites. And that obviously embarrasses the hell out of today’s Hollywood liberal elites. So they’ve invented the legend of Bruce Paltrow’s “first interracial kiss.”
As I said at the start of this article, we can’t stop them from lying. We can only make sure that the truth has a fighting chance.
Almost immediately after the AOL/HuffPo piece was posted, “Star Trek” fans began bombarding the site with emails complaining that the Paltrow myth robbed their beloved show of its legacy. As a result, the AOL/HuffPo piece has now been updated to read, “Editor’s Note: As a point of fact, the first televised interracial kiss was between William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols on ‘Star Trek’ in 1968.”
That’s still incorrect – the Nancy Sinatra show was first (although it could be argued that the Shatner/Nichols kiss was American TV’s first scripted interracial kiss). But regardless, both the Sinatra/Davis kiss and the Nichols/Shatner kiss were televised over a decade before Paltrow’s “White Shadow” episode.
One final point: It’s clear that Trekkies care about making sure the public knows the role their progenitors played in breaking down Hollywood’s racial barriers. Conservatives should follow suit.