Oh, please. The Blackist and HUAC, the Post Office banning distribution of materials they considered indecent, the Comics Code, the creation of the MPAA and the X-Rating (which hurt mainstream films but which was ironically a boon to porn), Jack Valenti's crusade against VCRs (a precursor of his support of the DMCA) Hoover's files on and blackmailing of Hollywood celebrities, an FCC that was even more restrictive than it was in the 90s and early 2000s, married couples that couldn't even be shown sleeping in the same bed, the obscenity trial and conviction of comedian Lenny Bruce, etc. etc. etc. None of this stuff is new, and it was much worse in the past. And none of it could have remained viable without widespread public support at the time. You think corporate and for-profit entertainment is a new thing? Seriously? What about the Michael Richards and Tracy Morgan incidents are anything new, other than the fact that their bigotry would have been rewarded rather than criticized in the past, and that Tracy Morgan wouldn't be able to do the kind of standup he does now if it weren't for black comedians like Richard Pryor breaking new ground earlier? Rush Limbaugh is still incredibly popular despite his numerous controversial comments, as is Bill Maher despite losing his ABC show after 9/11. But again, there's nothing new or unusual about any of that, and it didn't prevent him from moving on and continuing to do his act and a new TV show. Mel Gibson and Britney Spears? Welcome to ten years ago. Really, there's nothing anyone is doing in entertainment that is geared to offend or challenge the status quo? You mean a sitcom or comedy series in recent years that tackled racial and other social issues, often by being intentionally offensive to make a point? The Office 30 Rock Everybody Hates Chris Chapelle Show Curb Your Enthusiasm Family Guy The Simpsons Obviously it's not going to have the same impact as All in the Family did because of the time period it aired, but I would argue that since Ellen and Will and Grace sitcoms have done the same for LGBT issues as AitF and its spin-offs did for racial issues, by making it a mainstream topic. Speak for yourself. I know plenty of people who consume intelligent fiction. We have tons of indie artists now. In fact, moreso than ever before thanks to the internet, the thing you just criticized for dividing everyone's attention. We have kickstarter campaigns to fund low budget films. More films like Blair Witch are being made than ever before. We have people being given opportunities to work on or make professional productions because of YouTube videos they made. From the distant past of 2013!!! Oz Great and Powerful Star Trek Into Darkness The Croods Fast and Furious 6 Identity Thief The Great Gatsby GI Joe Retaliation Silver Linings Playbook Django Unchained etc. What a load of nonsense. You really live in your own little world of grossly exaggerated events, don't you? If you had to actually go through being Blacklisted, you would not be spouting such naive rhetoric. You don't think the time Muhammad Ali was most prominent in might have played a part in that, with the civil rights movement and the Vietnam draft? You don't think anyone would step up and fulfill the same role if put into similar circumstances? You don't think there are any celebrity activists for gay rights and other causes right now? Also, why are you waiting on Lebron James of all people to make a major social or political statement? And yet, somehow, people still manage to make controversial statements all the time, except in whatever magical reality deflecting enclave you've been hiding out in.