Amy Proctor has a blog post showing a clip of Ann Coulter on The View and it reminded me of how much respect I’ve lost certain celebrities.
Once upon a time, I had a great fondness for Whoopi Goldberg. She rarely made a movie, starred on a show that I didn’t watch; a decade ago. Whoopi is only the tip of the iceberg of my disdain for celebrities. Once upon a time, I had some respect for Barbara Walters in spite of knowing she was a liberal, but that was more than a decade ago.
I’ve never understood how Sean Penn went from a troubled consistent lawbreaker to a celebrity we should listen to about political matters, but somehow that happened. I’ve never liked Sean Penn, in movies or his personality. Ditto for Susan Sarandon. In fact, I can’t remember a movie role she played that I have liked. Ditto for her husband whose name, iirc, is Tim Robbins. Who knows? He’s that forgetable to me. I was never a Madonna fan, nor a Britney fan, nor fans of a great many who seem to think they should have a voice in telling us what to do. Barbara Steisand and Jane Fonda are two others whom I’ve never liked, even before I was mature enough to understand what they did against this country.
When I really think about it, there are a host of celebrity socialists whom I’ve never liked, however, there are some, such as Goldberg, with whom I’m deeply disappointed and no longer respect. Robin Williams comes to mind at such a time as does Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta( liked only about half the time), Brad Pitt (never liked), Angelina Jolie (lukewarm), Tom Cruise (never liked except for Minority Report which is an argument against his own views although he’ll never see it that way), and so many others it’s impossible to name them all.
When Oprah Winfrey first came on to the Hollywood/talk show scene, she had something to say but it didn’t last long. It’s as if Hollywood with its long communist ties, ala McCarthy who, though nutty, turned out to be correct does something to people that makes them change in some profound ways. The problem is, when those changes take place, they somehow also become unentertaining. Entertainers who can no longer entertain no longer make money. A vicious cycle, no?
As for others, I listened/watched about seven minutes of the confirmation hearings yesterday morning. I was so nauseated by the group hug fest and sheer stupidities coming out of the mouths of those in attendance, that was all I could stand. The defining moment for me came when Chris Dodd talking about the “global economic crisis” (his term) and followed it with the moronic comment that people don’t understand that it’s global.
Yes, we get it and people like Dodd really scare me. It’s hard to conceive that someone that dumb is in the Senate as smarter than the average American citizen. It really doesn’t instill confidence in the intelligence of the people who elected and keep electing him as their leader. Rather like who’s the bigger fool? The fool who is leading or the fool who follows him?
A celebrity politican was elected as president. I suppose he’s expected to be entertaining as well but I believe people are really going to be disappointed in that respect. Word… pause… word…pause… word… can become rather grating over time and those who ridiculed Bush’s speech patterns might become a little nostalgic when all is said and done. At least he was entertaining with his mispronunciations. There’s not much you can say about the new president’s speech pattern except to say: boring. Get him away from a teleprompter and that’s what you’ve got: boring.
Be that as it may, this article is about celebrity politics and some may wonder why I included any of our currently in power politicians. The answer is simple. They seek to become celebrities in much the same way former entertainers used to entertain and when they have become has-beens, they still have that need to be the center of attention so they become political activists. In psychological terms it would be described as full blown narcissism.
Narcissism is a world unto itself. There are rules to the game of feeding the narcissism. Break those rules, you are punished much in the way Republicans are being punished by the overwhelming Democratic majority through the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House because it doesn’t feed the need of the narcissist to be resisted by anyone for any reason and much like Hollywood celebrities who have become political activists. Because of their activism as a mode to bring them back into the center of attention, the tripe coming from Hollywood is what we get for ignoring their brilliance; our punishment so to speak.
“They” say a little bit of narcissism is healthy. This is true to an extent. There’s a bit of narcissism in all of us. It’s a survival mechanism built into our genes. Without it, we’d likely not survive very long in a world that preys on the weak. However, there’s a point where narcissism becomes unhealthy and, God help us, Capitol Hill is long past that point with another soon to be sitting in the White House. For a good run down on narcissism I recommend this site: Bully Online.
How many narcissists does it take to ruin a country? I believe we’re about the find out the answer to that.