Sunday, October 4, 2009

They're Just Not Like Us

Via Memeorandum:

John Nolte, writing at Big Hollywood makes the point that it has been a rough week for our friends in Hollywood:

Tough times for leftie Hollywood. Nothing’s gone right this week. None of
this is their fault, of course. In order to understand that it might not be
a good idea to rally around a child rapist, bash religion in a religious country or
trash capitalism
in a capitalist country you have to live in the real

What is the thing with people in Hollywood that they are so removed from reality? Is it the result of huge sums of money being 'handled' by uneducated and undereducated people? Is there something that leads one to be 'artistic' that also leads one to be easily led? So often, people in Hollywood take positions that not only defy common sense (and common decency) but also seem unhinged. Take Janeane Garofalo's latest rant:

"...It's obvious to anybody who has eyes in this country that tea-baggers,
the 9-12ers, these separatist groups that pretend that it's about policy – they
are clearly white-identity movements. They're clearly white power movements.
What they don't like about the President is that he's black – or half black
(applause) – and they, what also is shocking is that people keep pretending that
that's not really the case with these people.I'm not talking about people that
do have problems with his policies, that's fine. ..."

Tell me that rambling isn't a prime example of NUTS. I cut the blather off at that last sentence because I found that sentence interesting. Ms. Garofalo would have us believe that she is fine with people who disagree with President. So, if ten people are gathered at random in a room who all disagree with the President, how would Janeane determine which are racist and which are not? Answer: If you disagree because you believe that the government has no business being involved in your health care, you are a racist; if you disagree with the President because he isn't pushing hard enough for a single payer system, you are a patriot.

Nolte is writing about a different nut, Michael Moore. Capitalism has been very, very good to Mr. Moore despite the multi-millionaire's claims to the contrary. But, in his defense, he's surrounded by multi-millionaires who hate the very system that brought them their wealth. Ungrateful? Sure, but the inability to be grateful and recognize the blessings in life is, for want of a better word, NUTS. Now that Moore's film, Capitalism: A Love Story has officially bombed, will Moore rethink his position? Fat chance.

The people in Hollywood aren't "just like us." We don't share the same views on politics, religion, morals. They represent a tiny fraction of our population yet they believe we are on the fringe. They are nuts and maybe, if we ignore them they will just go away.

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