Sunday, January 27, 2008

Politics and Celebrities...A Match Made in Never Never Land

I have touched on this subject before, but as the elections draw closer, I can't help but feel the need to speak on it again. Why, oh why, do actors and the like feel the need to tell us their political opinions as if we've actually asked for them? I don't know about you guys, but I like actors for their acting. I require nothing else from them. I don't think they are my friends, I don't expect them to ask me to dinner and I don't think that joining their fan club will make them like me more. I truly couldn't give a rat's behind whether or not any actor anywhere in any situation likes me. Why? Because they don't know me. Nor I them. The only relationship we have is whether or not they can convince me that they are who they are pretending to be in any given movie, tv show, commercial, etc. That's it. They are the performers. I am the viewer. Period. End of story. Extent of the relationship. And yet...I hear everyday how this actor or that actor has chosen to support this candidate or that candidate. Hey, that's great! It's wonderful to be involved. But I think that when someone who holds so much sway over people (hey, we can't all be independent minded free-thinkers, right?) comes out in support of a political candidate, they should be required to tell us why they support that candidate. Exactly what is it about that person that has convinced them he or she deserves their support? I'd like that piece of information because I'd like to know if this "celebrity" is seriously and thoughtfully advocating a particular candidate and not just jumping on the "flavor of the month" bandwagon. This may come as a shock to some people (can you hear the sarcasm???)...but I don't think all these celebrities are as smart as they'd like us to think. I think quite a few of them are perhaps good at some things, but are exceptionally great at one thing. That one thing being "self-promotion". Take George Clooney for example. I'll say it up front because it'll be abundantly plain before I'm done: I am not a fan of George. Not of his acting, his speeches, his political views and most certainly not of his almost single-handed slandering of the word "liberal". George wears his "liberalism" like a badge of honor. Problem is, his badge is self-made and contains more glitz than substance, at least in my opinion. And I'll tell you why I believe that. I'm sure you've all heard of George's recent efforts on behalf of ending the atrocities being committed in Darfur, right? I'm not disputing that what he says is going on there is because I think it's obvious that the situation there is horrific and in need of fixing. I'm firmly of the school of thought that those who have the ability to right a wrong also have a responsibility to do it. Remember that poem by Rev. Martin Niemoller:
In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I
wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t
speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for
me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up."
So yeah, just because it's happening halfway around the world and doesn't have any direct affect on our lives here in America, doesn't mean we shouldn't stand up when we see something wrong happening, like the situation in Darfur. George is bound and determined that the U.S. should become somewhat involved...hence all his time spent on capital hill discussing the issue. He even spoke, along with Senators Brownback and Obama, in Washington regarding it. Again, I don't disagree with George on this issue. What's happening in Darfur is evil and we, as a society, are honor bound to help. Period.
Lest you start to believe that I have changed my mind and become a follower of the Great Gray Pretender somewhere during this long, drawn out post, let me explain where I have an issue with George and his "I'll speak out for the weak and disenfranchised no matter what the cost to me, the benevolent and brave hearted liberal guy" attitude. George is all over this issue with Darfur. I mean he's speaking out to "generate lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection for the vulnerable, marginalized, and displaced". This according to the "Not On Our Watch" organization George and some of his Hollywood buds have founded. Yay, George. Great work. Sounds very important and bold. But let me ask you something...why is the plight of these people so much more important than that of the Iraqi people when they were under the rule of Saddam Hussein? I mean here's a guy that was a known tyrant, a brutal butcher of men, women and children, a man many recognized as a genocidal rapist and a monster. Yet I don't remember hearing George getting all upset about that. I don't remember him lecturing politicians and citizens alike on our responsibility to help those who were suffering there. No, no, no. In fact, in an article posted in March 2006 on WorldNetDaily, George blasted Democrats who were reticent to criticize President Bush and question his reasons for invading Iraq in the early days of the operation saying:

"The fear of been criticized can be paralyzing. Just look at the way so many
Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot of us were saying,
where is the link between Saddam and bin Laden? What does Iraq have to do with
9-11? We knew it was bulls---. Which is why it drives me crazy to hear all these
Democrats saying, 'We were misled.' It makes me want to shout, 'F--- you'; you
weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic."

He was (and is) against the War in Iraq because it wasn't connected to 9/11. Ahhhh. I see. A horrible, evil man was randomly torturing innocent people for whatever reason his warped brain came up with on any given day and George Clooney didn't think that merited intervention by the United States of America, the only remaining so-called "Superpower" on earth. Okay, so we could have used sanctions against Saddam. Oh wait a minute...we did. They didn't work. We could have had the United Nations intercede. Oh hey...yeah, wait a tick....the United Nations was far too busy working that whole "Oil for Food" scandal and lining their own pockets. So that left what, exactly, Mr. Clooney? What should have been done to help those people? Or have you ever even thought of them? Did they never enter your mind because you couldn't see past your rabid "Republicans are Bad and George W. Bush is the Grand Pooh Bah of all Evil" way of thinking? You know, I'll tell you...I wish to heck and back that President Bush hadn't used the whole Weapons of Mass Destruction argument in an effort to convince the American people to invade Iraq. Or, better yet, I wish he'd have named the biggest, most damaging weapon that there was in that country at the time and that was Saddam Hussein himself. Hussein caused countless deaths and maimings, was responsible for ecological disasters that affect that region to this day, and blatantly refused to listen to the world's requests to stop the genocide he had created within Iraq's borders. But we shouldn't have stopped him because he wasn't involved in 9/11. Right. In October of 2003, according to WorldNetDaily, George reiterated his opposition to the Iraq War to a German magazine saying:
"I stand by that. It was the dumbest thing that my country could have done. As
an actor in the public eye, I have a responsibility. I see myself as a spokesman
for all those who have the same opinion," the report quotes him as saying.
That's just fabulous. George feels like he has a right to say our government did something stupid (and I'll fight to the death for him to keep that right!) and moreover, he feels he has a responsibility to speak out for "all those who have the same opinion". So how does that fit in with his quote of "My father raised me to--with the idea that you have to look out for people who can't look out for themselves. That's your job. If you don't do that, you fail." (See complete transcript here.) So tell me, George. While you're making the world a better place for the disenfranchised and the downtrodden, how did those Saddam Hussein era Iraqis fit into your plan? Did they matter to you? They sure mattered to me. And my husband. And my son. And the tens of thousands of their fellow airmen, soldiers and sailors who have gone over there and given their time, efforts and sometimes even their lives, to save and protect those people. Explain to me your standards of what human rights atrocities merit involvement from the U.S., the U.N. and everyone else in this world. Explain to me how you decide who matters, George. Because frankly, I'm having trouble understanding how your endorsement of a presidential candidate should matter. I'm having trouble understanding how any celebrity's endorsement should matter. And yet, according to the media, it does. And I just don't get it.

P.S. For those of you who disagree with me, GREAT! Let's talk about it. Where do you think I'm wrong? What am I not seeing clearly? Is there a way for us to come together and understand our different views and opinions? I'd love to hear what you think. My mind is open to hear your views.


  1. Can I add Johnny Depp's name to the pile? And in the meantime, the actors and actresses who have such big hearts that they want to help the world, charity begins at home...this is something I've said before, no child (or former child) should ever have to sleep in the streets, go to bed with a hungry belly or die from neglect in this great country. And yet they do. 250 posts+ for you...this is one your best.
    I love you
    Aunt Sandi

  2. I'm with you on this one.

    This post exemplifies what is so great about you. You have a belief and you're not afraid to share it - and are willing to discuss it with any who might not feel the same way. You're not forcing anyone to share your belief - you're not putting yourself above others or speaking for others. You say what you feel.

    Good for you!

  3. Makes perfect sense to me. It has long been an irritation that celebrities endorse candidates and talk politics when they have no more of a clue than a gnat. If, as you say, one had an opinion that was well thought out and carefully researched and could be articulated even when people disagree or challenge them, I'd be more inclined to listen. Too often, it's just a "hop on the bandwagon" mentality, which currently is bashing the war and bashing the President.

  4. Oh you are GOOD. This rant should be read by the masses. Thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of get what I'm saying. Clooney is bobble-headed hypocrite. You were right on about the Iraq war - Saddam had to go and a lot of those people are now LIVING because of our intervention. Preach on Sistah Kari-ah. - Jennifer

    And Kari...Thank you all for your service. Your men folk are heros and you are brave to support them as they protect all of us.

  5. I am glad to see another woman who speaks her mind and pulls no bones about it. I enjoyed this and agree with you wholeheartedly.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. I truly enjoyed your visit.


  6. Thanks Kari for the thoughts and prayers. Still waiting on an exray. Dad says the hospital is packed.

  7. Amen! Well said! Preach it sister!


  8. I also hate seeing celebrities being held up as "experts" on politics. Have you ever seen how these guys do on Celebrity Jeopardy? They are usually IDIOTS!!! So I want someone with a brain who can talk to me about the issues.

    (And this comes from Me--someone who is actually quite "liberal" on a couple of issues. LOL)

  9. How about gagging him and just have him as an ornament to gaze at!!!

  10. kari tell me how you really feel:> I guess when you have the microphone you can feel powerful ...

  11. I think it's somewhere along the line become "cool and trendy" to be "political". These celebs sure don't influence my vote. And I agree put your money where your mouth is. Lots of starving children here in the US.

  12. People (including the actors) forget that behind every great actor is an even better writer. They all look so wonderful on stage and screen because someone else has told them what to say. When they get out on their own they are fools! They need to spend some time reading Proverbs.

    I applaud the men in your family who have so valiantly stood up for freedom.

  13. Yes, celebrities have this feeling that they are all knowing and are somehow supposed to save all of us regular people. But...the regular people are the ones that give them this so-called power!

    Celebrity obsession is almost an addiction and until regular people stop paying so much attention to them, this will continue to rear it's head.

    It's most important for each of us to be strong in our beliefs and do what we can to make the difference...and you not only walk the walk, you talk the talk!

    Love ya....Cassie

  14. The sad thing is that to the people who are influenced by celebrity or politician endorsement (like Ted Kennedy is supposed to endorse Obama today) the "Why" doesn't matter. These people are swimming in their own realities. As for Darfur, Darfur seems to matter because we aren't there and we aren't doing anything. And the only justification for the lack of participation is that Darfur and Sudan is not so much beneficial to the world, economically. At least that's what they say... If you want to know why celebrities, politicians, governments endorses a cause, you need to trace through to the source of the money.

  15. Hi my friend :) Thank you for the cake comments.. my poor little girl was sick on her b-day :( She held it together though :)

    Thank you to your servicemen!

  16. I loved to read your opinion on this. I hadn't heard of ole George's opinion. I do believe we are fighting the wrong battle. You don't incure change by throwing money and bullets around. You make change by providing education, especially to girls, on the merits of right and wrong. You provide medicine and a higher quality of life for those who have nothing.

    I agree with the blogger who said charity begins at home. Amen!

  17. All I can think of when I think of George Cloony is his Dapper Dan hair balm in O' Brother Where Art Thou....

  18. WhooooWheeee...I love it when you get all "fiiieerrrddd up" tell em' sista...I kind of like my actors to just be there to deliver their lines and LOOK PURTY...if I want political commentary...I'll look elsewhere. This was good...I think I may have to forward it on to some others!

    Thank God and Thank your men for a job well done...and they are very appreciated!!


  19. Amen! I hear ya! Very well said! George Clooney really makes my blood boil. And, I've always hated the way some celebrities think they are the only people who know how to think, and that their political opinions matter to the average joe like me. Sean Penn is another one that really gets me going. Thanks for a great post!

  20. Kari,

    Very well said post. I've said the same thing about celebrities before. They're job is to entertain and I don't care about their politics. And thanks to all of the members of your family who stand up for us everyday.

  21. Very well said. I enjoyed this post as I do all of them...Smiles

  22. I'll take it one step further.
    Not only do I not care which celebrities endorse which candidates,I don't care which iconic Senators endorse which candidates..
    I'm just jaded enough to sense personal agendas in these kinds of things.
    I'm sorry..I just listened to the worst offender of our indidvidual liberties spend 90 minutes repeating the phrases,"Trust",and "Empower",in his State of the Union address,
    as if these concepts enetered into his tenure as President for a single instant.

  23. Another award for you, Kari. Hope that you can stand the pressure. And, I'm just wondering how many times you've received this one because you truly are remarkable!

  24. Very well said my friend.
    Have never liked how celebrities feel the need to give their political opinions.

    Have a wonderful week.
    Sandy :)

  25. Already stated my feelings on all of this but...just wanted to add...LOVE THE NEW MUSIC MIX!

    Shake Your Tail Feather, Girlie!!

  26. I can SO tell you are from Texas! I agree TOTALLY about actors/actresses in politics. They dance around on a little stage and quote lines that other people, talented writers, give them. That, to me, automatically disqualifies them from influencing me. George needs to shutty. Oh yeah, and Sean Penn. Gag.

  27. How ironic. The last motorcycle ride we took, we drove by Chuck Norris' ranch which is a few miles away from our farm and there were police everywhere ...and in came a stretch SUV limo. Huckabey was there visiting with him. The night before I saw him campagning and Mr. Norris was standing behind him.

    I don't know - it is kind of like the Miss America contest...when they win, they chose to support a platform and people will stop and listen because of "who" they are.

  28. Hello Madam Skywalker! You may have received mention on my blog today in reference to being a in an award maybe? Hop over to see - Jennifer

  29. I'm giving a big shout out of AMEN to your post. I totally, totally agree. Maybe George has some hidden information, like Iraqi people don't have nerve endings, or emotional feelings, so he's not concerned about them!!! And, like you, I wonder who the heck cares what he thinks!!! And who knows if that is all a part of his acting to get more press coverage!! I never, EVER trust celebrities when they take a stand, or show an emotion--they are TRAINED to do so. I don't think they have anything but scripts in their brains.

    And, just for the record, why do we care who Wilford Brimley backs--didn't this man eat HAY!!!!!

    Go girl, speak for me too!

  30. Once again Kari, your post is right on the mark.

    Most celebrities are only as intelligent as those who write what comes out of their mouths!

    Thanks! Pat

  31. Have you seen the infamous interview with Tom Cruise in which he blathers on about "helping"? ...we gotta help, I gotta help, on and on he blabbers and I cannot think of one thing he has actually done except talk.

    Everyday people do more in a thousand way to help out in the world.

  32. Had to come back and say WOO've got Dean Martin on your playlist. Awesome!

  33. This was great..I agree with you so much. We need to support those who need our help. I also beleive that we should help those who need us in this country. I'm sick of all these celebrities telling us how to think and live. Keep it up!!
    Kate..daughter of a US Marine, wife of a US Marine, and MIL of a US Marine...Semper Fi

  34. Hi Kari,

    Thank you for the visit and the great comment.

    I'd never heard of the poem by The Rev Martin Niemoller - thank you for sharing those wonderful lines with us.

    Keep smiling


  35. Oh Kari...when you get fired up you blaze. And you are so on the marl sweetie.
    It will get worse as the election gets closer I they have the right to stump for a candidate? Yup, but the way the media latches onto this and gives them so much air time is preposterous. Of course there is Oprah who devotes whole shows to HER opinions...and I am not agreeing or disagreeing with them just that I want to watch TV for entertainment or news NOT to see and hear what pompous celebrities say. Now I know many adore Oprah but it all gets my goat....and then some. She can endorse whomever she wishes! Just do NOT do it on her show where she gives whomever and whatever an unfair advantage.

    I probably make no sense as I am tired and cranky and old.

    I winder who Paris Hilton and Mary Kate Olsen endorse? Or do they know there is a presidential campaign?


  36. Kari - blessings to you and your menfolk in the military. I applaud your opinions that I've read here today and in the past. I've lurked around and came here to visit you again today. I'm always amused and inspired and amazed at your wit and ability to put into words everything that comes to your mind. Thanks for sharing your views. I tend to ramble alot on my blog about daily life and seemingly simple things, never getting into the controversial subjects. I appreciate your candor and just "putting it out there". Keep up the good work! I'll check back on you. I enjoy your blog immensely. Thanks - vickie

  37. I missed this when it first was published! HERE HERE!! Preach it, speak it, live it! While I love looking at old George - it's best when he keeps his mouth shut! Take Jane Fonda, Johnny Depp, Susan Sarandon, Babs Streisand, Sean Penn and put them all on some deserted island where they can pump up their egos a little more and not pollute the minds of others.


  38. Just wanted to pop in and say,"Hi" since I haven't heard from ya in a while :o) Hope everything is going okay?!?!?! Just thinking of you....

  39. Hi Kari,

    Thought of you today with all the news of George's being a UN messenger of peace. :>

    I don't know why you describe yourself as a "bad blogger." Nothing could be further from the truth and, as far as blogging goes, blogging when you feel like it is means that you have a life beyond cyberspace.

    Take care, catch you soon...

  40. Soon, remember how I said "soon." I just know that you have something to say today of all days. Ever watch THE VIEW? Gosh those women. I could most especially clobber Elisabeth for not knowing her stuff. I mean if she's the only one speaking for the GOP, she needs to do her homework. Oh, I guess this belongs on my blog. LOL!


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