Pop Culture Warriors with Lisa De Pasquale

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This week’s guest: Christian Toto

Christian Toto is the rare conservative Hollywood critic who doesn’t just exist to criticize Hollywood – despite Hollywood’s best efforts. Christian has been a journalist and entertainment reporter for over 20 years and is the founder of HollywoodinToto.com and hosts the Right On Hollywood podcast, which has included guests Bruce Campbell (swoon), Nick Searcy, Jeff Foxworthy, Nick Di Paulo, Brad Thor, Brett R. Smith, among many others. 

Earlier this year, Christian released his second book, Virtue Bombs: How Hollywood Got Woke and Lost Its Soul, which showcases how kowtowing to the woke agenda is likely to get worse before it gets better. (All the more reason to support pop culture warriors showcased here!)

Along with other writers at HollywoodinToto.com, Christian applauds Hollywood when they get it right and holds nothing back when they get it wrong. It is a valuable resource for novice and professional pop culture warriors.

Pop Culture Warriors with Lisa De Pasquale is an interview column dedicated to the significant work of freedom lovers who chose the path of more resistance. Not only are these pop culture warriors fighting the predominant groupthink in entertainment, but also the predominant groupthink on the right side of politics that entertainment doesn’t matter or that the pop culture war is lost. The purpose of this column is to highlight their projects and contributions to expand freedom in new, exciting, and counterculture ways. 

 What do you think Andrew Breitbart meant by “politics is downstream from culture”? 

Pop culture has a profound influence on politics. We watch ‘Will & Grace’ and ‘Modern Family’ and think in a new way about gay marriage, for instance. Political humor can change hearts and minds. Movies and TV shows with subtle but consistent messaging can alter how we perceive issues like Climate Change or abortion.

 Who inspires you?

People like Gina Carano, Nick Searcy and Tyler Fischer. They decided to speak their minds on their terms, and they knew there would be profound consequences. They did it anyway, and now their careers are blooming.

What was your childhood pop culture obsession?

 The Monkees, period. Obsessed over their music and TV show. When MTV aired every episode of the show back-to-back-to-back I stayed up all night and recorded them so I’d never be held hostage by TV programmers again. (this was before ‘on demand’ entertainment like we have now)

Tell us about the last movie, TV show, book you consumed for entertainment.

Gosh, it was ‘Scary Movie 3.’ I watched it with my son and got some chuckles out of it. I told him the comedy felt inspired by the great ‘Airplane!’ only later remembering the same director helmed both. I try to teach my sons a wee bit about movies given the work I do.

What movies or TV shows are you looking forward to seeing in 2022?

‘Terror on the Prairie,’ because I was on the set of the film and it looks amazing. I’m down for the ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel, too, because Benedict Cumberbatch is so perfectly cast in that character.

What would you say to readers who say they’ve opted out of the pop culture war?

 We can’t force people to watch movies and TV shows, of course. We also ignore pop culture battles at our own peril. If you’re frustrated by what’s being offered in the marketplace, keep looking. I guarantee some content exists that speaks to you and your values. Once you find it, support it as much as possible so they’ll make more of it.

What can readers do to support you and your projects? 

Share my work on social media. Tell a friend about my site, my book and my podcast. We can all take tiny measures to help each other out. The Left does that instinctively. Now, it’s our turn. And while this all sounds self-promotional, much of my work advocates for right-leaning artists, so if my platforms grow, so does my ability to promote others.