Casinos Glamorized

Glamorization & Inherent Biases  
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Main Description

Liberals like a capitalistic system that is fairly balanced between large corporations vs small businesses, average workers vs executives and consumers. Conservatives tend to favor big business & executives far more and laws they pass reflect that. Glamorizing casinos on screen mostly helps big corporations that conservatives support who own multiple casinos in Las Vegas and other areas where legal. Small businesses can't operate one and casinos on Indian reservations generate much less revenue than their big corporate counterparts.

Casinos and responsible gambling is fun. Casinos are glamorous and Hollywood and movie-goers loves glamour. It's perfectly fine and fun to watch scenes filmed in casinos -- but we want to point out that big business does benefit quite well because of it and so glamorizing casinos is an example of conservative bias in Hollywood. And additionally, the richest casino owner, Sheldon Adelson, is a major long-time donor to the Republican party, casino magnate Phil Ruffin is a big fan of Trump (donating over a million to his campaign), casino magnate Steve Wynn served as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee and Donald Trump himself has benefited from the portrayal of casinos on screen before he bankrupted his own.

Conservative Trope Examples

  • Skyfall (2012)
    Bond enters an opulent casino in Macau at night by skiff over water with beautiful lights everywhere.
  • Iron Man (2008)
    Tony Stark flirts with a couple women while playing craps and invites one of them suggestively blow on his dice for good luck. He asks Rhodey (Terrence Howard) to also blow on them for luck, but he pushes his hand away saying "I don't blow on a man's dice" causing an unlucky snake eyes crap roll. The scene at the table exudes glamour and excitement, and even after losing that lost roll, Tony leaves happy.
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  • Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
    Like the original, the third installment of the Oceans trilogy romanticizes casinos with one of the main plot points showing people having fun winning games the crew rigged. And they also show fancy "whales" getting VIP treatment.
  • Casino Royale (2006)
    The main event of the movie centers around an ultra-luxurious and exclusive poker tournament with a $10 million buy-in at the Casino Royale in Montenegro.
  • Ocean's Eleven (2001)
    The entire movie is an ode to Las Vegas casinos with the fountains at Bellagio romanticized, the MGM Grand hosting a major boxing match and of course many scenes of people enjoying themselves while gambling.

How Trope is Biased


  • Casinos, although a lot of fun for those who enjoy gambling, are not nearly as exciting in real-life as they are on screen. With few exceptions, Hollywood overly glamorizes casinos.


  • Casinos are always going to be portrayed much more favorably than they are overall because Hollywood loves spectacles and casinos deliver that.

Conservative Biases

  • Casinos run by large corporations -- which are heavily favored politically by conservatives --generate much more income than ones on Indian reservations or run by smaller businesses
  • Miriam Adelson (and late husband Sheldon) are the richest casino owners and major GOP donors
  • Casino magnate Phil Ruffin is a big fan of Trump (donating over a million to his 2016 campaign)
  • Casino magnate Steve Wynn served as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee
  • Trump's Taj Mahal benefited from the glamorization of casinos until he bankrupted it along with many other businesses