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Despite their huge cultural appeal as entertainers during the 1950s, why were some Americans critical of Elvis Presley, James Dean, and Marlon Brando?
They were viewed as negative role models for young people due to their sensuous, rebellious personas.
They lived "beatnik," non-conformist lifestyles during a conservative decade.
Their liberal political views during the height of the Cold War were of concern to the State Department.
As "entertainers," they were viewed as non-productive, even "lazy."
They represented the iconic image of "Hollywood", which was distasteful to many Americans during the era.