Kevin Sorbo: ‘Why Can’t We Have a Civil Talk About Our Disagreements?’
By Movieguide® Staff
In a recent interview with PragerU, Hollywood actor Kevin Sorbo expressed his concern with the lack of conversation between people who have differing views.
“It makes me really sad that we’ve gotten so angry and so divided,” Sorbo said. “Why can’t we have a civil talk about our disagreements? You can’t do that today, especially in Hollywood.”
As a conservative Christian in Hollywood, Sorbo recognized the growing silence and hypocrisy in Hollywood.
“The difference today, I think you got to play even more of a game now. You got to be ready to bite your lip, more than ever in the climate that’s going on in America,” Sorbo said. “Because you’ve got this whole woke thing, this cancel culture where people come after you, and it can tear you down for something you said 30 years ago which is insane to me.”
He added: “Now we live in a culture where it’s you’re guilty until proven innocent. We used to be the other way around. It’s crazy the damage they can do to your career and how they can destroy people’s lives right now.”
The HERCULES actor said that around 2010, he felt the need to speak the truth and not cower away from what he believed like so many within Hollywood.
“In 2010, there were a couple of incidents that I just said okay, I’ve had enough. I remember going back to my wife and saying, ‘I’ve had enough of the hypocrisy, where nobody’s pointing it out,'” Sorbo said. “I started getting more vocal because now we had all these things, social media was starting to grow, and I started saying stuff. All I said was two plus two is four, I spoke the truth, that’s just truth.
“I got to a point with my agent and my manager just said, ‘We can’t represent you anymore.’ I said ‘why?’ ‘Well because you’re conservative and Christian,'” Sorbo continued. “This is an industry that screams more than anybody else for tolerance… now all that stuff is completely a one way street. It is ‘you say what we say, or you’re out. You’re out of the club.'”
Sorbo, who is now known for his work in faith-based movies, also said that children are negatively affected by Hollywood and the education system.
“Andrew Breitbart said that politics is downstream of culture. Who owns the culture? Hollywood does, mainstream media does. And you see what’s coming out right now, you see the movies that come out. There’s so much hate, anger divisiveness,” Sorbo said. “Walt Disney said back in the ’50s movies and television will influence the youth, and of course look at what it is doing right now.”
He continued: “I don’t think that kids are stupid; I think they’re just misguided and misled. We got an education system that is telling kids, that this is bad and this is good. I never had that when I was in school. I never had that. If I had a math class, they taught math, or if it was biology, they taught biology.
“When I got to college, I never had any professors tell me or get angry at me if I had a different viewpoint than them. I have no recollection of any of that stuff going on, but it’s changed drastically in the last 15 years.”
Although the lack of beneficial conversations that produce change seems to be decreasing, Sorbo said he hopes that Americans can unify.
“We got to find a way to get some sort of common ground,” Sorbo said. “I still have to hope and believe that we’re going to eventually reach across and find a way to shake hands and be sincere about it.”