Why Hollywood Is Weaponizing Nostalgia Against Trump—from 'Laugh-In' to "All in the Family' to 'The Jeffersons'

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"Laugh-In" first hit the small screen more than 50 years ago. "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" debuted in 1971 and 1975, respectively.

And now all three are back.

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Netflix recently rolled out "Still Laugh-In: The Stars Celebrate." The reunion special, featuring original cast members like Ruth Buzzi and Lily Tomlin, recreated classic bits from the show. The original "Laugh-In" leaned to the left, but it brokered comedy bits with a wink, a smile and a bikini.

The reunion special trashed President Donald Trump in coarse terms, by comparison.

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This week, ABC recreated two classic episodes from "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons." The episodes touched on race, class distinctions and other issues near and dear to original creator Norman Lear's heart. Stars like Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, and Wanda Sykes brought Archie Bunker and friends back to life.


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Nostalgia sells. That's never been more true than at this cultural moment. Just ask the folks behind "Stranger Things," a show that refuses to let the '80s go away. There's something else in play, though.

Today's stars leverage everything in their arsenal against President Donald Trump. They flex their social media accounts, incorporate anti-Trump rants into films and TV shows, and turn awards shows into Democratic pep rallies.

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Robert De Niro alone spends more time cursing out President Trump than starring in movies worthy of his talent.

So it's only natural to look to the past...
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