Conservatives are much more favorable to the wealthy and corporations than the middle class. One of the ways they get average earners to go along with this is by showing wealth in a positive light. Glamorizing wealth allows people to see how much fun it is to have money, and they will dream about having some of the same experiences one day. Maybe if they save enough money, or work harder or get lucky with investments or even win the lottery. It shows that having a lot of money is a good thing to aspire to.
If you are content with a happy, good middle class life you may be more inclined to vote against the interests of wealthy people in America. That won't change much regardless of how wealth is depicted on screen. But if you want to make a lot of money -- even if the odds of that happening are low -- you are more likely than average to vote for the interests of wealthy Americans. And if you see wealth glamorized on screen repeatedly and how fun it is to be wealthy, you're more likely to have a mentality where you want to make a lot of money.
Conservative Trope Examples
- The Russell's, van Rhijn's, and every other aristocratic family portrayed have massive mansions and a full staff who cater to their every need. The ultra-wealthy are often depicted in a very positive light while the daily experiences of the servants are whitewashed to make it seem like their lives aren't as challenging as they most certainly were during that era.
- The entire show is an ode to filthy rich aristocratic families living in New York City in the years following the American Civil War.
- The Crawley family are early 20th aristocrats who live on a massive estate in the English countryside with a team of servants who tend to their every need. The film unapologetically glamorizes an era where the poor and working class were destined to a life of domestic servitude while the lucky few were given all the riches imaginable.
- Wealth is glamorized at every possible moment throughout the movie with the guys riding in private jets, limos, yachts, uber-expensive sports cars, and remodeled classic cars. They also live in a mansion and throw huge, expensive parties and spend a boatload of money without a second thought as to how much anything costs.
- Bretton James and Shia LaBeouf take a helicopter trip to the country where they very aggressively race top of the line Ducati motorcycles against each other.Other Tropes: Sport Bikes Glamorized
- Tony Stark is the epitome of glamorous wealth with a spectacular mansion on a cliff, large sports car collection, private driver and personal assistant. He also hosts an opulent charity ball with people dressed in formal gowns and tuxes drinking champagne and fancy cocktails.
- Fool's Gold (2008) | Wealthy People Depicted as CharitableNigel is depicted as a nice, wealthy man who was taken advantage of by a much younger woman who married him for his money and left him. He loves his daughter Gemma, dotes on her and chooses to take the boat on a treasure hunt when she expresses interest. They use his super large and fancy yacht in their search for the sunken treasure along with Finn and Tess.
- Cher (Alicia Silverstone) lives a lavish lifestyle in a Beverly Hills mansion with a brand new car and even has a computer program to help her pick from her large wardrobe of fancy clothes.
- "Richie" is a rich son of a multi-billionaire who lives in a huge mansion and has his own private butler who caters to his every need. Richie's dad is not only a wealthy businessman who literally has a mountain with his own head sculpted on it, but also a dedicated philanthropist who diligently works to help those less fortunate.Other Tropes: Wealthy People Depicted as Charitable
- Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) goes undercover in a tuxedo at a lush private party at a mansion at the beginning and the end of the movie where there is valet parking, dancing, champagne and passed hors d'oeuvres.
- Edward Lewis drives a Lotus Esprit (with help from Vivian), stays at luxurious hotels and flies on private jets.Other Tropes: Sports Cars Glamorized
- Wall Street is glamorized throughout the movie with fancy suits, large fancy offices with great views, limousine rides, private jets, private yachts, large mansions, mobiles phones in 1987 and those were just the things shown in the trailer.Staff AsideThey put all these things in the trailer on purpose. People love to imagine what it would be like to be rich and movies are a great way to show that.