Celebrities are Hypocrites: Civil Rights and Religion

.speeches on screen but that’s nothing compared to how they sound when they get to talk about civil rights.  “A chill wind is blowing in this nation.  If you oppose this administration there can and will be ramifications.”  In 2003 a reunion for the movie Bull Durham was cancelled because of Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon’s anti-war stance. 

The Baseball Hall of Fame was hosting the event and the museum’s president didn’t want them using the opportunity to voice their political views.  Cancelling the event may have been foolish but Robbins’ response, it was really out of left field.  “Susan and I have been listed as traitors, supporters of Suddam and various other epithets by the Aussie gossip rags masquerading as newspapers.  And by their fair and balanced media cousins 19th Century Fox.”  

Ah come on Tim if there was such a big campaign to shut up people who criticize Bush why were you allowed to say so two blocks away from the White House at the national press club on a speech beamed via satellite worldwide?  One guy who didn’t get the memo that it was dangerous to insult the president was Emmy winning actor David Clennon.  “I’m saying that the moral climate in the ruling class of the United States is not that different from the moral climate that you would have found in the ruling class in Nazi Germany. 

Because George Bush for one thing is not as smart as Adolf Hitler, and secondly George Bush has much more power than Adolf Hitler ever had.  Of course if any German criticized Hitler, or for that matter any Iraqi criticized Saddam Hussein they’d be shot.  The only way to get hurt criticizing Bush in Hollywood is if too many people slap you on the back with congratulations.  “A chill wind is blowing...”  There is a chill wind in Hollywood but it blows in the other direction.  Back in the 50’s being accused of communism could get you blacklisted.  Now some actors are more fearful, they’ll be outed as a card carrying member of something else, the Republican Party.  “They’re Hollywood.  There’s a lot of conservatives there too you know, where they are they will find them.  Bruce, come here.  Willis, stop shaving your head.  Come here. 

Bring Tom Selleck.  Put the gun down.  Chaney...”  “Do you get ostracized?”  “No, no way, I’m the king out there; people want to roll with me.”  He good for you Bruce but in 2001 the NYPD Blue actress Sharon Lawrence was featured in a 2-page People magazine photo spread of George Bush’s administration.  Though a lifetime democrat she started receiving hate male.  As Lawrence put it “If one is perceived to be a republican in Hollywood there can be an excluding reaction and people genuinely resent you.”  “There’s no reason why a Hollywood leftist would hire a conservative because at the end of the day they think they’re racist, sexist or homophobic.”  “A chill is blowing.” 

Back in the early days of Saturday Night Live then writer Al Frankin told Henry Kissinger he wouldn’t let his son have tickets to the show because he opposed Kissinger’s politics.  “If you oppose this administration there can and will be ramifications.”  Let’s face it, no one in show business is afraid to speak their mind, once they know what everyone else is thinking.  The Hollywood idea of freedom of speech is that you’re absolutely free to say anything you want as long as you agree with them.  And don’t get started on religion because they’re way ahead of you.  “Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America.”  “I am only the last in a long line of people to speak out against organized religion and to say that it’s dangerous and a mass psychosis.”  Which brings us to our next award, house chaplain, and the position goes to – a bit of a surprise here - Madonna.  Not for her provocative use of Christianity symbols – she did crucify herself in concert but for her groundbreaking work in Kabbalah. 

She made it hip again.  Mick Jagger, Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Sandra Bernhard and others have all followed her lead.  Make Esther, her mystical name, house chaplain and she’ll soon have every one in congress wearing the Kabbalah red string.  The material girl can provide the material.

 

 

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ~ ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.