Actress Sydney Sweeney has never shied away from being provocative and taking off her clothes in front of the camera. Her numerous nude scenes on the HBO hit “Euphoria” have made her a Gen Z pin-up.
But it was the fallout from a surprise family birthday that has ruffled feathers and threatened her with excommunication from the liberal circles where her sexuality helped make her a superstar.
Sweeney, who hails from rural Idaho, may have revealed that her family holds conservative views that — shockingly! — align with a very large swath of the country.
On Friday, her family threw a 60th birthday party for her mother with a hoedown theme, complete with line dancing, jean-jacket embroidery and a mechanical bull. Revelers wore red caps that played on the MAGA slogan — “Make Sixty Great Again” — something many across the political spectrum have done in recent years.
But what really seemed to really upset folks on Twitter was a picture of a partygoer in a pro-law enforcement T-shirt.
The images prompted lunatic thought-mafia enforcers to jump on Sweeney, and denounce her as a Trump supporter. They began lobbing accusations of racism, white supremacy and gay-bashing.
(If a shirt or a costume makes someone and their loved ones irredeemable, boy do I have news for fans of Prince Harry — who once dressed up as a Nazi for a birthday party — and Meghan Markle, of which I am sure there is much crossover in this outraged social media mob.)
Without making salient points about policy or principles, the angry tweeters conflated conservatism — even perceived conservatism — with bigotry.
The blowback grew so ridiculous, that the 24-year-old was forced to publicly address her mother’s Western-themed party.
“You guys this is wild. An innocent celebration for my moms milestone 60th birthday has turned into an absurd political statement, which was not the intention,” she tweeted Saturday. “Please stop making assumptions. Much love to everyone and Happy Birthday Mom!”
It’s unclear how her family votes, nor does it matter or have any bearing on the “Euphoria” star’s ability to act. The Sweeneys could be Bernie Bros, MAGA folks or have AOC tattoos. But in 2022, politics are religion and people are as fervent as ever with the fringe crazies on the left presiding over a new Spanish Inquisition and morphing into keyboard Torquemadas.
This ideology has forced many conservatives, especially in creative circles, into the closet, while conspiracy-spewing folks like Bette Midler and Rob Reiner are celebrated in the industry (until Midler stepped on a gender-ideology land mine by taking umbrage with women being called “birthing people”).
Sweeney is in good company, though. Actor Chris Pratt has been blasted for his Christian and falsely accused of being a member of the controversial Hillsong Church. Pratt’s sentiments are mainstream and, well, quite milquetoast. But that offends the diversity pushers, who are only interested in out-there identity politics.
According to their doctrine, diversity of thought, the most important kind, must be squashed or vilified.
It’s why we can’t share anything anymore. Established media and entertainment properties like Disney have gone so deep into the culture warsslamming Florida’s Parental Rights Education Bill or the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, that in response we now have “right-wing” companies to cover sports and make movies.
The gulf is so wide, it’s impossible to see us meeting in the middle again. Is this really the world the online inquisitors want?