Whenever I talk about artist blackballing in the entertainment industry, almost invariably the first argument I come across is “well there aren’t any…” or “there are a low percentage of…” leading to believe that it’s just too hard to find good artists who aren’t insane and/or profess to be Christian. That is a lie that the mainstream big-entertainment corrupt corporate media propagates at every turn.
Of course, there aren’t any who work for those big companies that do the blackballing. Those companies may not have an outright policy against shunning Christians, but they do it, as they want to tell stories that are allegorically about how great secular society and hedonism is. I rail on Disney quite a bit for this, but the facts are the facts, and they — especially their comics division — are very much guilty of this.
But we have an opportunity like generations in the past didn’t have. We have social media. We have the internet. We have the ability to connect and organize just as other groups have done for the past for their causes. Our cause is a righteous one, an eternal one, and if we all band together we will affect much greater change than our enemies could ever keep up with.
I’m not calling for a “boycott!” of any artist or anything like that. I know exactly how hard artists work, and, even if they’re not doing their work for a righteous cause, it’s still hard work and the goal is not to detract from their efforts. That boycott mentality is the kind of garbage that we are fighting against.
However, I am calling to take a look at Christian artists, artists who share our values. It’s important that we give a voice to those who are professing real truth and justice, and are willing to speak out on it. After all, if we don’t as artists, the culture won’t, and isn’t. At some point, even the rocks will cry out. It’d be much better if we could stave that off and start a revival in culture as those created in God’s image.Read Jon's list here.
Jon is absolutely right that the entertainment industry gatekeepers practice discrimination against Christian artists--usually not consciously, but as a simple matter of course. Tolerating those intolerant hicks from flyover country and those knuckle-dragging pro-lifers; it just isn't done, you know? Just ask Nick Cole.
But as Nick and Jon himself have learned, the gatekeepers have significantly less ability to destroy an author's career than they did until quite recently.
Which brings me to the one point on which Jon and I part ways. I, along with a great many others, aren't so quick to disarm ourselves of a perfectly ethical means of resisting the aforementioned discrimination. Moreover, I fail to see why the fact that someone may have worked hard at propagandizing against Christ and His Church should a priori absolve him of the bad fruits of his labors. The Bolsheviks worked hard, after all.
Which reminds me: #OpTorDrop
I know that the big New York publishing house's gatekeepers would wreck my career if they could, because they hate me.
What they don't realize yet is that I'm doing what I can to destroy their corrupt monopoly, because I love them as brothers created in the image and likeness of God. And that's far more terrifying.
I'll let Jon wrap things up.
Brian Niemeier is an independent author of the Dragon Award Winning Soul Cycle. He blends genres with space opera and horror in that series, with a wild, fast paced ride that everyone cheers for. Brian’s a great guy, and outspoken Christian as well. He’s on the forefront of indie publishing and does a lot for the culture war.