Larry Elder

Where are the pitchforks? Why aren't actresses filing a class action lawsuit? After all, Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for a plaintiff to claim wage discrimination. Where's the National Organization for Women?

If 77 cents on the dollar compared to men is considered unfair, exploitative and unacceptable, 39 percent is practically involuntary servitude! But we see no Hollywood Boulevard street demonstration. We see "no display of unity" in front of Hollywood's famous Chinese Theatre, with hundreds of ticked-off actresses, linked arm-in-arm, led by Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep and Whoopi Goldberg singing, "We shall overcome." Nothing. No picketing. Not even a flyer or two.

But the silence can be explained.

Even actors clueless about economics 101 know that ticket sales determine an actor's value. Big-budget, testosterone-driven action films are a staple of the youth crowd that advertisers covet. They mostly star men. Cate Blanchett, in accepting her award for best actress, took a swipe at the industry's alleged sexism: "To those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are 'niche' experiences -- they are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people!" This is the round world where female actors pull in less revenue than men. These non-exploitative reasons account for the pay discrepancy, just as non-exploitative factors explain the notorious 77 percent "gap."

One more thing about Hollywood and the Democrats. The California governor is a Democrat. Democrats control both the state Senate and Assembly. No Republican holds a statewide office. Democrats have a "supermajority" in both state legislatures, outnumbering Republicans by about 3 to 1. They have given us a state with the highest state personal incomes taxes, the highest state sales tax and the highest state gasoline tax. Chief Executive magazine, citing high taxes and regulation, has given California the lowest ranking in its CEO opinion survey in business friendliness of all 50 states for nine years in a row.

But now the same Hollywood crowd that votes in the rich-don't-pay-their-fair-share party wants protection from the taxes that they want imposed on others. And the nominees for the biggest Hollywood leftwing hypocrites are ...

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