-By Warner Todd Huston
Actress Kyra Sedgwick might be tempting fate in Hollywood with a recent interview on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS where she scolded her industry for ignoring the great middle of the country.
Sedgwick was on the show discussing her recently concluded series The Closer on TNT and noted that the show was a great hit in the Midwest, but not in L.A. or New York City. At first she said she felt insulted at this ratings truth, but it wasn't long before she realized that this wasn't a bad thing at all.
She told Smiley that she came to feel that Hollywood was making a mistake to ignore everything outside New York and Los Angeles.
"I think that there’s a ... huge difference," Sedgwick said, "between what people politically believe and what interests people in Los Angeles and what interests people in New York, and what they believe politically [in the rest of the country] ... and I think to ignore that is really cutting yourself out of a huge part of your population that I feel... they’re under-represented, and I think that was the great thing about [The Closer series]."
Hollywood is well-known for the extremist, left-wing sentiment observed by so many of its denizens and during the interview Sedgwick seemed to feel a bit uncomfortable making note of this mistake her industry is making. She even acknowledged that she might get "in trouble" with her entertainment industry contemporaries for this sudden realization.
Other conservatives in Hollywood have for years talked of the militant leftism in La La land and have asserted that their careers were put at jeopardy once they became open about their political leanings. Let's hope Sedgwick doesn’t suddenly find herself persona non grata for her realization that there is, indeed, life outside L.A. and New York City.