Donald Trump had several unusual speakers at the Republican National Convention. One of those speakers was “Happy Days” star Scott Baio. His speech was full of the standard conservative talking points, as he ranted about people wanting free stuff and the country going to hell. Recently, Baio gave an interview with the Hollywood Reporter and talked about his speech and being a conservative in Hollywood.
One of the points he touched on during the interview was his belief that the country is moving in the wrong direction. He noted the poor economy and mentioned the fact that 95 million people are out of work. He’s correct that many people are hurting; however, President Obama has overseen a period of job growth. It’s not as large as it was under Presidents Clinton and Reagan, but it is certainly moving in the right direction. Furthermore, neither Clinton nor Reagan inherited the mess that Obama did.
During the course of the interview, the conversation turned to the politics of Hollywood. The reporter questioned Baio about being a conservative in Hollywood and about whether his speech would affect his job prospects. Baio said that his speech received mixed reactions, but that he doesn’t really care what people think.
One of the most interesting parts of the interview came when Baio was asked why Hollywood is so liberal. He claimed it came down to empathy.
‘Here’s my theory, and I figured this out maybe six months ago, so it’s taken me 55 years: There are two kinds of actors, those who are very serious about their craft and they feel for the character, they feel for the downtrodden, they empathize. And then there’s actors who do it for a living, like me and others, who just see it as a business. It’s not all-consuming. So the first actor deals with emotion, and that’s what Democrats deal with — emotion.’
Baio’s argument is interesting for a couple of reasons. First of all, he makes it sound like liberals are better actors. After all, passion is important in any art form. To view acting solely as a business seems to cheapen it. Perhaps that’s why Leonardo DiCaprio, whom he bashes later on in the article, has an Oscar and Baio doesn’t.
Secondly, this statement is important for a political reason. Baio’s words seem to imply that conservatives are less capable of empathy than liberals. The actor’s complaints about people “wanting free stuff” certainly seem to suggest a lack of empathy. Considering Trump’s narcissistic tendencies, Baio seems to have found the perfect candidate for himself.
You can check out Baio’s full speech from the RNC here:
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