George Clooney spends a good amount of time using his celebrity status to raise awareness on a lot of issues, including “helping generate support and aid for the people of the Sundan.” However, as politically involved as Clooney has been at times, he told Newsweek recently that he won’t be running for office anytime in the near future:
“I didn’t live my life in the right way for politics, you know … I f—ed too many chicks and did too many drugs, and that’s the truth,” Clooney told Newsweek, a small quip in an eight-page article on the actor’s humanitarian efforts in the Sudan.
Clooney said someone who wanted to go into politics would have likely admitted to the scandalous details about their past sooner in life.
“[They] would start from the beginning by saying, ‘I did it all. I drank the bong water. Now let’s talk about issues.’ That’s gonna be my campaign slogan: ‘I drank the bong water,’” he continued.
In his interview with Newsweek, Clooney noted how the internet and cell phones have changed the world in ways that make it harder for dictators to survive, as we have seen in the Mid-East in recent weeks:
“It’s harder for authoritarian regimes to survive, because we can circumvent old structures with cell phones and the Internet,” says Clooney. “Celebrity can help focus news media where they have abdicated their responsibility. We can’t make policy, but we can ‘encourage’ politicians more than ever before.”
Clooney was named the U.N. Messenger of Peace in 2008, a role that was a perfect fit for him. Newsweek also notes what’s next for Clooney’s film career:
Clooney plays a flawed presidential candidate in his next film, The Ides of March. He’ll direct the movie he co-wrote, giving his character lines he’d like to hear from a presidential candidate.
So, he drank the “bong water,” and has reveled in being a “chick magnet,” seriously, these days we’ve got politicians doing far worse… Personally, I’d love to see Clooney do an about face on his decision to stay out of politics.
Cross posted from BohemianWomen.org.