Dear Celebutards: (And you KNOW who you are)
Have any of you ever heard the phrase "biting off the hand that's feeding you?" Well, that is exactly what you're doing when you consistently attack this country's free market capital economy, for it is only THAT economy that makes your pampered, privileged, and overindulgent lifestyles possible. At the risk of breaching that dreaded "separation of church and state" you have been endowed by your creator with a gift. Whether that gift is a talent, athletic ability, the ability to string words together, or even just the vicissitude of good genes that makes you look good in jeans or a bikini, that "gift" together with some action on your part, enables you to live the lifetstyle and have the fame and adulation you now enjoy. It is that adulation that enables you to command attention when you speak. Sadly, most people don't actually LISTEN when you speak because they are too busy either mentally undressing you, or wishing that they WERE you to hear what you're saying. That enraptured state means that whatever you say will permeate the brains of your fans without any critical thinking intervention on their part so they will parrot what you say as if it were some kind of gospel.
To quote one of your own, the great Stan Lee, "with great power comes great responsibility" In case you don't recognize it, that was the sage Uncle Ben to the young Peter Parker, aka Spiderman. I realize that many of you did not ASK to be role models, and that you would probably rather NOT have gaggles of teenaged boys and girls aping your every move and hanging on your every word. In a perfect world that would not happen, but in THIS one, alas, it DOES. In a PERFECT world your drug and booze fueled exploits wouldn't get found the clock attention from tabloid press and the networks whose sole reason for existence is to expose us to what you do when you're not doing your so-called JOBS, bur without the Lindsey Lohan's of the world, where would the tabloids, the paparazzi, and shows like Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, or the entire E network be? But, because of the aforementioned entities, things you do and say are exposed to young and old alike so for God's sake please THINK before you speak.
Then there are the real hypocrites, like Michael Moore and Al Gore, who reap for themselves the benefits of free market capitalism while advocating for a form of governance that will effectively deny those same benefits to those who come after them. Michael Moore is the worst for he KNOWS that if he achieves the world he claims to want, he will have no place in it. It is only through free market capitalism and free enterprise that he enjoys the lifestyle and menu choices that he has clearly enjoyed with great relish. Hypocrites like these who talk the talk, but don't walk the walk make me ill. Though I totally disagree with the "greenies" like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Begley, Jr, Darryl Hannah, Matthew Modine, etc. I can at least respect them because unlike Moore and Gore, they PRACTICE what they preach. But Leo, you can only drive that Tessla sportscar and live in that green condo because people are willing to invest their hard-earnred GREEN so the studios can make your movies and people can buy tickets to SEE those movies. Again, I applaud you for your commitment to the environment, but remember that not everyone can AFFORD to do what you do. Same with Brad and Angie and all the other celebs that have helped out in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and again in Haiti. I applaud your generosity and your selflessness. But again remember that you could only DO those things because of the free market and capitalism.
The reason I chose the Sean Penn/Harvey Milk caricature as the illustration for this essay was that he and others in hollywood LIKE him bring to mind the old commercial that starts out with a soap opera actor saying "I'm not a Doctor, but I play one on TV" and then proceeds to advise us to buy some over the counter antacid. What does he know? He flat out said he's NOT a Doctor. At least that commercial was honest enough to give you a disclaimer so you could take the "doctor's" advice for what it was worth. Sadly, actors like Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Natalie Potman, etc. do NOT give you that disclaimer before they proceed to give political advice or speeches but c'mon, this is Jeff Spicoli we're talkin' about. Just cuz he's PLAYED politicians doesn't he he KNOWS politics. In fact he and his ilk are so far removed from the real world consequences of politics they have no business EVER getting involved in them, but thanks to Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack and their involvement the Kennedy campaign, there's been an unholy alliance between the fantasy merchants of Hollywood, and the political fantasies of Washington, DC. Problem is that WE in the REAL world have to LIVE with those politics, Hollywood is, for the most part, insulated by layers of wealth and privilege and therefore do NOT experience the horrors they inflict on us by virtue of helping elect "Stuart Smalley" to the United States Senate.
It's not at all surprising to me that more and more celebrity types seem to embrace the "total government" concept of Marxism. If they're under the age of 40 and attended public school, they've been indoctrinated by left leaning teachers and school administrators since pre-school. If they went on to attend college, as many actors and athletes did, the indoctrination went into overdrive. If they never got out of the protected bubble envicornment of academia and into the REAL world prior to achieving their "celebrity" status, they've never had a chance to learn the way th world REALLY works for themselves. I had the same public school education.indoctrination and also attended a very liberal univeristy, but it was my military service and business entrepreneurial adventures that taught me (the HARD way) that everything I had been taught to believe in was a crock of SAND. Today's youg people are having the same realizations I did, but sadly, thanks to liberal thinking a social experimentation, the lack the coping mechanisms to deal with their disappointments. This is the reason for the phenomenon known as the "quarter life crisis." In Hollywood, it's what happens when a child star can't make the transition to adult actor cuz he's no longer the cherubic cutie pie he was when he was six. In sports, it's when an athlete peaks in high school or college and never quite makes it to the big game. In business, it's when you realize there's no such thing as a participation triphy, and that if you mess up, you don't see a purple pen mark, you grt a PINK SLIP! If you've never been allowed to fail before, how can you be expected to handle a failure in later life?
The older hollywood liberal/radical types like Sean Penn are the product of indoctrination both in schools, and in their day to day acting experiences. They were first the protegees of actors from the Boomer generation, many of whom were the drug addled hippies of Woodstock, and they've become drug and alcohol addled themselves. Add to that a steady diet of memorizing lines written by writers who are (for the most part) to the left of Nikiti Sruschev going back to the days of the early twentieth century when Communism and Progressivism were hip, slick, and cool and attracted the likes of playwright Eugene O'Neil and Hollywood Ten writer, Ring Landner, Jr. and you can see how the post boomers come to think as they do. As many actors become producers, again due to the beuefit of free market capitalism, the cycle is perpetuated from mentors to protegees. Notwithstanding all the foregoing, Hollywood is a BIG Union controlled town, and all know where UNIONS come from. I'm sure that most of this is new information to you, and it's an arrogant person indeed that doesn't think he or she still has much to learn in this life. The reason the celebutards do not know these things is because they have not been permitted to LEARN them. Our history and the true nature of what it means to be an AMERICAN has been stolen from several generations of our citizens and it is only NOW that we're starting to realize this and seeking to regain that knowledge for ourselves.
"The problem with socialism is that sooner or later, you run out of OTHER people's money." That's a quote from the "Iron Lady" herself, Britain's Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. So my dear celebutard, if yiou think your lifestyle will not be affected if the government you champion gets the total control it's craving, think again. If we are no longer a free marked capitalist economy, where will the money come from for YOU? There will only be ONE patron left that can afford you, and that patron will be the government. Evern wonder what it was like to be an enetertainment or sports celebrity in Nazi Germany? Wonder what it was like for Max Schmelling to return to Gernmany and face the likes of Hermann Goering and Adolf Hitler after getting his butt beat by a black man? I sure it was NOT a pleasant experience for him. And I have first hand knowledge of what it was like to be a dancer in the Moscow Ballet back in the days of Leonid Brezhnev cuz I met a woman who used to be one and subsequently became the mistress of the said Leonid Breznev, a man who was about as attractive to her as a bullfrog, but who was able to give her a nicer apartnment, better clothes, jewelry, etc. until he tired of her and moved on to a younger woman. She fell from grace almost as quickly and found herself in her middle aged years working in a factory that produced parts for tanks. It was NOT a glorious existence. Think it can't happen to you? You're too young to remember the days of the studio bosses, but how about the child stars of Different Strokes? Their fortunes were stolen out from under them and they turned to lives of prostitution, pornography and crime. They all DIED well before their time, too. Think it can't happen to you? If we get a Totalitarian government that craves money, how long do you think it'll be fore it wans YOURS? After all, when asked why he robbed banks, famed bank robber Willie Sutton replied, "cuz that's where the money is."
As a small business entrepreneur and free market capitalist, I don't begrudge you your success. I understand that your pretty face, hot body, talent pool, ability to punt, hit, or catch a ball, are your stock in trade. Unlike the President you so giddily supported in the last election, I don't think there ever comes a time that "You've made enough money." because I understand that as long as people are willing to buy what you sell, you're entitled to be paid. If you likeness sells tickets, DVDs, sports drinks, cereal, sneakers, etc., you're entitled to a share in that revenue and it should only be the free market itself that places a cap upon your earnings, not a governmental entity. I'm sure you see it the same way now that we're talking about YOUR money don't you? But if that government you champion takes away OURS, then we won't be able to hire people so neither we nor they will be able to buy those things, or tickets to see your movies, concerts, or sporting events. Should that happen, you won't have the millions to party with, either. And if that government chooses to increase the taxes you pay, how many of you will keep company with Wesley Snipes in federal court trying to protect what is YOURS from a greedy, grapsing, intrusive federal government. How long do you think it will be before that same government tells you what kind of content you can produce, or how much skin you can show, etc. Where does it end? The reality is, that it DOESN'T end. Power and control only create a desire for MORE power and control. If you think your parents and coaches are bad, try a nanny state GOVERNMENT on for size. I've SEEN what kind of government can do, and it's not pretty. I've walked in the ruins of the former Soviet Union and belive me, you don't want THAT here.
So, in conclusion, Dear Celebutard, SHUT UP and sing, act, dance, and hit, bounce, or kick that ball, or do whatever it is that you do to deserve your celebrity and notoriety (and believe me when I say for MANY of you, I have no CLUE what that is) secure in the knowledge that, unless we actually GET the government you champion, life will be wonderful for you. But leave the politics to those of us who live the REAL world and do the things that make your fairytale existence possible. If you continue to bite the hands that are feeding you, one day there might not be anyone left to do so. Can you imagine Michael Moore on a DIET? Unless you want to go back to waiting tables, digging ditches, or flipping burgers, be careful what you wish for because in the words of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, "that government that is big enough to give you anything you want is also strong enough to take away EVERYTHING you have."
Silence Dewgoode (GOOGLE HER)
Flyover Country,(what the glitteratti refer to as the land between Hollywood and New York or Washington, DC) USA