His [Philip Seymour Hoffman’s] self-inflicted death is yet another hallmark of the broken leftist culture that dominates Hollywood, enabling rather than preventing the loss of some of its greatest talents. Libertarianism becomes libertinism without a cultural force pushing back against the penchant for sin; Hollywood has no such cultural force. In fact, the Hollywood demand is for more self-abasement, less spirituality, less principle, less standards.
No one knows what sort of demons plagued Seymour Hoffman. But without a sound moral structure around those in Hollywood who have every financial and talent advantage, the path to destruction is far too easy.
– Conservative columnist Ben Shapiro on Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death
Yes, you heard that right. Heroin addiction is now the fault of the acting industry in Los Angeles.
Perhaps it hadn’t occurred to the Breitbart editor that enormously talented people are often psychologically unstable, regardless of their religion (Hoffman was a Christian). Perhaps it hadn’t occurred to Shapiro that he doesn’t have the faintest idea what he’s talking about when it comes to drug addiction psychiatric illnesses. Perhaps it hadn’t occurred to Shapiro that he should keep his smarmy mouth shut in the wake of a terrible tragedy. Perhaps Shapiro should think twice before speaking about people who have made enormous contributions to the arts, unlike himself, a slimy hack who shills for a disgusting propaganda website reviled by anyone with a shred of real moral structure.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.