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Volume 70, Issue 161, Thursday, August 4, 2005


More reasons to distrust Hollywood

Tyler Nelson
Opinion Columnist

At the beginning of the summer, I wrote about the liberal bias of Hollywood. I cited various movies and TV shows that take cheap shots at conservatives, which I feel is done out of spite, anger and jealousy over the 2000 and 2004 elections. 

A new book, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, by Bernard Goldberg, confirms my observations. (I'll spoil the end, the world's ambassador Michael Moore surprisingly was No. 1). A good percentage of the individuals in Goldberg's book are celebrities who live in Hollywood. That part didn't amaze me. What did amaze me was what a lot of the celebrities said. Most of their political commentary and advice contained a lot of four-letter words that I can't write in The Daily Cougar. 

Sadly, the majority of them don't have the faintest clue as to what they are talking about. They just simply place their favorite four letter word as an adjective to describe our commander and chief or the war in Iraq, and then pundits call it deep political thought. For instance, David Clennon of CBS's The Agency stated, "I'm not comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler, because George Bush, for one thing, is not as smart as Adolf Hitler." 

To me it doesn't really matter what some celebrity thinks or says about President Bush or the war on terror. They look stupid talking about issues they clearly have no idea abut. What bothers me is that these celebrities get so much air time to ramble on about their political views, not because any of them have advanced political science degrees but because they have a pretty face or are the new big thing in the entertainment industry. 

For example, look at Janeane Garofalo. She has starred in several movies and is a regular commentator for the dismal Air America network and several other liberal cable shows. She so cleverly stated, "Our country is founded on a sham: Our forefathers were slave-owning rich white guys who wanted it their way. So when I see the American flag, I go, ‘Oh my God, you're insulting me.' That you can have a gay parade on Christopher Street in New York, with naked men and women on a float cheering, ‘We're here, we're queer!' -- that's what makes my heart swell. Not the flag, but a gay naked man or woman burning the flag. I get choked up with pride."

Wow, that right there tells me why Hollywood is hurting the left. Americans hear things like that and want nothing to do with these celebrities; their values are nothing alike. But when they have a political mouthpiece like Howard Dean running around saying things just as ridiculous, it doesn't look good for any politician who aligns with Hollywood. 

If the Democrats are smart, they won't touch any Hollywood celebrities with a ten-foot pole during the 2008 presidential election, especially after the outcry over moral values in 2004. As Hollywood has consistently proven, celebrities don't know a thing about the moral values of most Americans. 

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