Hollywood glamour fades in face of un-American actions
What is it about Hollywood celebrities that make them think their excrement smells like garden roses? Do they truly believe the whole world should love them as they love themselves?
Why should mere mortals like us pay attention to far-left slants from propagandists like Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn? Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Penn, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg and others are all great actors and directors. But their claim to fame is pretending to be other people and getting paid mega-millions. That’s it.
They don’t save lives. They don’t fight for our country. They don’t fix veterans issues or support cops who risk lives daily for them. Sure, they donate to charities for tax credits and pretend to be humanitarians. Very few would have the moxie to give up a first-class airline seat to an American soldier, as did Amy Adams.
They are, for the most part, beneficiaries of the capitalist system they claim to abhor. And God forbid their favorite presidential candidate loses. Their fame gives them power few others will ever have.
Meanwhile mega-stars like Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Clooney, Damon and Kevin Bacon publicly decry the pro-gun lobby, speaking out for stricter (or total) gun control, while they stuff their billion-dollar portfolios with the rewards for explicitly glorifying guns, movie and after movie. Celebrity hypocrisy in motion.
I’ve been a movie buff since the days of wine and roses, Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Liz Taylor and Spencer Tracy. I write movie reviews. I applaud costume makers, set designers and photographers, not just actors. I predict winners at the Golden Globes and Oscar presentations (often mistakenly). I’m like a wannabe kid who dreamed of playing violin in Carnegie Hall or dancing with Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly, or spending one glorious moment in the presence of Liz Taylor. The Academy Awards is etched onto my personal calendar. I usually can’t wait for the next picture with Daniel Day Lewis, the greatest actor of the 21st century.
I’m well aware that the Hollywood elite are mostly liberal and I don’t care. Everyone has rights to opinions and to free speech. But what we are seeing today in the wake of the Hillary loss is unadulterated anti-Americanism designed to create a chasm from which we may never recover.
Imagine a Hollywood director ranting in the streets of New York (Tarantino) and dubbing police officers as murderers. Imagine a Hollywood actress like Ashley Judd going on a major tirade against our newly elected president, likening him to Hitler. Imagine a mega-star like Madonna declaring that she felt like bombing the White House. Better yet, the audacity of Robert De Niro openly wishing to punch the president in the face. There’s not enough word-count space for the whole story.
Streep, Hanks, Madonna, Cyrus, Tarantino, Clooney (and the list goes on) – all believe their fame and notoriety gives them license to twist minds and boost political hatred, which catches on like gasoline to the flames because they live in an adoring fame bubble.
Streep and De Niro are great actors. Tarantino is a great director. They should all be expelled from the Hollywood royalty scene. Same goes for filthy-mouthed rappers and rich-kid delinquents like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber who not only can’t act, they can’t sing in tune.
These are the people who are establishing the new culture for nascent America. And they do it with the full fervor of an adoring media.
It’s a sad day for me. No more Academy Awards. No more Robert De Niro or Meryl Streep movies. No more America which prides itself on diversity, not divisiveness. I will miss them. And I suspect so will millions of others.
Marshall Frank is a retired Miami-Dade police detective and frequent contributor to FLORIDA TODAY.