Achievement in Silliness

Cross posted from AoF

This weekend’s first Oscar goes to this right-wing screed in today’s AJC, written by someone named Jan McClure, who is described as “president of the McClure Media Group, a corporate communications and public relations firm. ” For some reason, the AJC feels that a public relations flack is qualified to discuss political issues with some degree of authority on its op-ed pages, but that’s nothing new for the AJC.

Ms. McClure bemoans Hollywood and how its “stars have ruined the Oscars with politics,” which one assumes is code for: views I don’t agree with.

“In recent years the Academy Awards have come to represent all that’s gone wrong with Hollywood. Unfortunately, many Hollywood icons today believe that their fame has bought them the right to share their unsolicited opinions any time and any place regarding some of the most important issues of our time.”

Kinda like p.r. “experts” who land a spot on the AJC op-ed page, no doubt.

“Recently, Matt Damon, during a segment on MSNBC’s Hardball, probably thought he was being a “good shepherd” and speaking for all Americans when he said that “people join the military for financial reasons” and that there’s a “fighting class” in the United States.”

And? Ms. McClure offers up no evidence to refute Damon’s assertion, which btw, is completely, 100% true. It’s a fighting class that even the U.S. military admits is a solidly working class group of guys.

“He went on to suggest that perhaps the president’s daughters should enlist in the Iraq war.”

[gasp] The Horrah!

Then she lampoons George Clooney: “Damon may be hanging out a little too much with his pal George Clooney. We all know that Clooney has no qualms about using the Red Carpet or any other occasion to discuss controversial political issues.”

Yeah, “controversial political issues” like ending our involvement in Iraq. Which is so “controversial”, that nearly 70% of Americans support Clooney’s mention of getting us out of that civil war post haste. But don’t let a few facts get in the way.

Where Ms. McClure really goes off the rails is with this observation of John Kerry: “You may recall that U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) made similar disparaging remarks about our soldiers a few months ago. Many believe he paid the price for his irrational comments by forfeiting another chance to try and occupy the Oval Office.”

Right, except he didn’t make “disparaging remarks about our soldiers,” he made disparaging remarks about their Commander-in-Chief (the same one who won’t send his daughters into combat). “Do you know where you end up if you don’t study, if you aren’t smart, if you’re intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush.” – John Kerry (as prepared)

Way to blow that one too, Ms. McClure.

I’m in no way a shill for Hollywood. I don’t care what pampered Hollywood stars or moguls think about anything related to politics, frankly. David Geffen’s comments the other day about Hillary Clinton are of zero interest to me because I couldn’t give a rip what David Geffen thinks about anything. Nor do I really care, ultimately, what George Clooney, Sean Penn, Charlton Heston or Ted Nugent think either.

However, Hollywood stars have a platform that you and I don’t, and because of that pesky 1st amendment they can say whatever they want, from wherever they want, whenever they want. And guess what? P.R. shills can comment on them in the AJC. And I can blog about why you’re all wrong.

Is this a great country, or what?

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2 Responses to Achievement in Silliness

  1. “Damon may be hanging out a little too much with his pal George Clooney.”

    Actually, Matt Damon was “tutored” by one of the best. Growing up in Natick, Mass, the Damons were neighbors to Mr. & Mrs Howard Zinn. Damon narrates the audio version of Zinn’s “A Peoples History of the United States.”

  2. CB says:

    This post was interesting to read and I would have to agree with you on the fact that celebrities do have a plat form and because of the first Amendment, can whatever they wish. I also agree that many have nonsense to say, when they do comment on anything about politics. I couldn’t believe Matt Damon said that “people join the military for financial reason.” Hearing celebrity quotes like these makes them appear less credible and sometimes under educated. I would have to disagree with you though about McClure’s comment on John Kerry. It was clear the Kerry was poking fun at US soldiers and not President Bush. I read and heard that his intentions were to make a joke about it, but the delivery came out the wrong way. Overall, I think it would be safer for some, if not all celebrities to keep their political comments to themselves. They are there to entertain not campaign.