The Upside: Conservatives Are Largely Past Race Relations


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

On January 11th The Upside was released in theaters. The movie follows the fictional story of a wealthy man who is paralyzed, played by Bryan Cranston, who learns to enjoy life again through the felon and recent parolee he hires as a caretaker, Kevin Hart. If you know your actors, you know that Bryan Cranston is white and Kevin Hart is black, not that it should matter. That appears to be the case for everyone besides the left.

The only people who care more about the color of a person’s skin rather than the content of their character are people on the political left. It is leftists who call for segregated housing on college campus, segregated graduation ceremonies and the like. The exact people who call for and defend these policies are also the firsts to call conservatives of all races and genders racists for simply believing in conservative values. The Upside turned that claim on its head.

When broken down by demographics the movie had quite the diverse appeal, closely mirroring the demographics of the United States. The Upside brought in an audience that was 45% Caucasians, 25% African-American, and 19% Hispanic. When looked at geographically, The Upside did best in the south and in middle America, both of which are very Republican. Five of the movies highest grossing theaters were in Texas and Georgia, Republican dominated states. This is in line with the idea that it is those on the political right are the ones past hostile race relations.

The Upside was on a mission to “own the libs” this weekend. Both the stars of the film were plagued with controversy in the weeks before the movie opened. Kevin Hart was announced to be the host of the 2019 Oscars on December 4th, the same day the “woke” Twitter mob found jokes he made almost a decade ago that they deemed to be “homophobic” and called for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to fire him.

Kevin Hart stood his ground and posted a video on his Instagram where he refused to apologize and willing stepped down from the joba move that will likely follow him for the rest of his career. Bryan Cranston was attacked for playing a disabled man by the likes of the Huffington Post and Trevor Noah. Cranston, too, stood his ground and defended his choice.  

None of this seemed to take away from the film and the controversies most likely helped the movie at the box office. The Upside was projected to open at $10 million, a miniscule figure in terms of movies. When the numbers for the weekend came, the movie nearly doubled its projections and came in at $19.6 million.

The Upside helped conservative Americans prove they are the true tolerant crowd and that we will push back at the “woke” mob in 2019.


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Emilio Avelar is a 20-year-old college student pursuing a BAS in Aeronautical Sciences. He hopes to help spread conservatism on campus to people in his age demographic.

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