There is no question that Hollywood liberals are the most elitist group in America. If you are in this group of select individuals you can lecture the general public about what foods they should eat, the clothes they wear, the cars they drive, and of course who they elect. But never dare call them about their actions.
Currently there is the huge attention to the attack by comedian Chris Rock against Jason Mattera’s camerawoman at the Sundance film festival, at Spike Lee’s afterparty. There is no question about what happened. But there is plenty of spin.
Yes, Chris Rock is wrong. It’s blatant and definitive. His reaction is the classic liberal celebrity response when confronted with the overheated hype-filled rhetoric they spout routinely.
At the same time, Jason Mattera is equally wrong.
Mattera presented himself falsely. He set up a gotcha moment, at a time when Rock was obviously distracted. He forced an issue in a time and place where it was ill-opportune to do so. Hopefully others will not follow in this trend.
Given the failure of Mattera, the bigger picture is far more intersting. How often do we hear celebrity X say “this is the way it should be”, and then never another word. Especially if whatever they are pushing turns out to be the very worst thing that could have been done.
Have you heard “Hanoi” Jane Fonda ever discuss what happened to the millions of Vietnamese after America left Viet Nam in the manner we did? Ever see the media ask her? [Millions were killed if you are wondering.]
Let’s jump to more modern examples. How about Bill Maher. Oh yeah, the million dollar donation. Maher regularly insults successful, powerful mothers with careers in the most demeaning and vulgar terms. Why is N.O.W. silent? Why wouldn’t President Obama, who was so upset by the way Lisa Murkowski might feel after the comments of Rush Limbaugh, not comment or speak to Sarah Palin? In fact he has remained silent, even as his PAC is currently targeting Palin in a Presidential ad – a woman who is not in the race to challenge his re-election bid. Of course he isn’t giving back the $1 million donation either.
How about David Letterman. The First Lady is scheduled to appear on that show on March 19th. Do you think the First Lady, or the President (who also has been on the program) will chide Letterman about the way he attacked a child? The way he insulted a mother, repeatedly. Like in June 2009, after the presidential election, Letterman demeaned former Gov. Sarah Palin with “jokes” about her dressing as a “Slutty Flight Attendant”. Further Letterman said
“The toughest part of her visit was keeping Eliot Spitzer away from her daughter.” Letterman also said that Alex Rodriquez knocked up Palin’s daughter at the game, except the daughter at the game was not 18 year-old Bristol Palin, it was Palin’s 14 year-old daughter.
This kind of commentary drew no comments to have Letterman fired, at least from the left. Again, President Obama made no call to Sarah Palin or her 14 yr old daughter to express sympathy. There was no national commentary about the wrongness of what was said, or the concern over the Presisdent’s daughters and self-esteem. Perhaps the First Lady will teach her daughters that as long as they are Democrats such words and thoughts will never be used against them, and its ok to label Republican women like that.
It even goes beyond the individuals and to liberal/democrat organizations. Like the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.), who not only took steps to intervene in a political race (Brown – Dem vs Whitman – Repub) but they themselves degraded a successful, independent, leader of business and woman. Don’t even bother to question about former Florida Rep. Alan Grayson (Dem).
Back to the point at hand. Should Chris Rock stand up and be accountable for his comments against the Tea Party? Yes. Just as any celebrity should be called on their own words and actions – in a manner that is equivalent to other entertainers that just happen to give their donations and votes to people that are NOT liberals and Democrats. But not in the manner that Jason Mattera did it.
Hollywood entertainers, and celebrities in general, are not imbued with any special powers to divine truth or the best course of action. Being a celebrity and a Democrat does not convey any superhuman rights. So when they step out of line, they deserve to get punished to the same degree and in the same manner as their peers, if not everyone else. When they make a statement, they should be required to answer the logical follow-up question to that statement and provide explaination if needed.
IF President Obama has the deep sympathy to call Lisa Murkowski, he should have called Sarah Palin and her 14 yr old daughter, or at least returned the $1 million from Maher. If the First Lady is concerned about positive images for her daughters, she should create a positive image by publicly declining the Letterman Show on the basis of his comments, made repeatedly. If N.O.W. really wanted to promote its mission statement for all women, it would speak up even when a potential Democrat donor (or politician) is the offender.
This really isn’t about just President Obama, or N.O.W., or Chris Rock, Bill Maher, and David Letterman. It’s about a pervasive and systemic bias. A bias where some people have the right to say absolutely anything, no matter how offensive, without repercussion and others are demonized for similar and even lesser actions. If that kind of bias is condoned, are we surprised that other bias remains loud and strong in the nation?
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