Why is it that the American media and the American people look to Hollywood for anything other than movies and the latest “sex tape” of the stars? I don’t get it. I have never really acted in anything other than a small budget film, so I may not fully understand what is involved in being a star… maybe it does take great brain power.
Some how, I doubt it.
Why must we suffer the opinions of Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, Whoopie Goldberg, Bruce Willis, the Dixie Chicks, John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, etc…? Who are these people? They pretend to be other people for a living, and a few of them do it very well. But who are the people behind the plastic surgery, and the bigger than live roles they play. I don’t know, and I really don’t care. When did acting make anyone knowledgeable on politics, or make them experts on foreign relations, or economics?
Sure I like to see Johnny Depp as a drunken pirate, and I really enjoyed Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, but I really don’t want to hear their opinions on anything. What do they know about the real world? Much like Al Gore, I bet it irks Matt Damon when the price of heating his home (I am not sure how many he has) goes up. I bet Mr. Damon gets on the phone each August calling home heating oil companies trying to lock-in at the best rate for the up coming winter.
Here is what Mr. Damon had to say about Gov. Sarah Palin in an Associated Press interview: “I think there is a really good chance that Sarah Palin could be president. And I think that’s a really scary thing because I don’t know anything about her. I don’t think in eight weeks I’m going to know anything about her.” (http://www.breitbart.tv/html/171553.html)
Those are some deep words Mr. Bourne… I mean Mr. Damon. I guess you are really chummy with the Democratic ticket; drinks with Barack and a ballgame with Joe Biden where you really get to know the men?
I guess it’s not their faults. They have a right to express their opinions. I guess we should blame the media. The so called “mainstream news media” has been parading out stars for years. They got to get their ratings. Who cares what the man on the street says about a candidate; let’s find out what Angelina Jolie has to say. Aren’t we all holding our breath to see who Billy Bob Thorton, Tom Hanks, and Denzel endorse?
Perhaps it’s not the media’s fault either. After all, if we didn’t watch it, they wouldn’t show it. So, I guess the buck stops here. It is our own faults. We eat the crap up, night after night. We buy the magazines to learn about Ellen and Portia’s new china settings, where they are registered, and why they hate George W. Bush. We can’t wait to find out who Alec is dating and why he thinks John McCain has no honor. It is really a sad testament to where we are as a society.
We buy opinions and sound bites from sources that have been given credibility because they can pretend to be other people. We trust the face of a character we liked from a movie; “Jason Bourne is voting Obama… but if he is hiding fr0m the CIA, where is he registered to vote?” Oh yeah… He’s a Democrat , voting registration doesn’t matter to them… unless you’re dead. Then it is essential. I wonder who Walther Matthau is endorsing.
The choices we make this election and every election are important. No matter what your particular affiliation is, we should all strive to make educated decisions and not be driven by the bias of media, the spin of the parties, or the beautiful faces of the great pretenders from Hollywood.