I watched the latest Hollywood ad promoting Hillary Clinton yesterday. I am not surprised at the Elite’s latest effort to prop up it’s puppet – namely Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party – yet after viewing this slick propaganda piece I found myself in amazement at the hypocrisy and ignorance that can be found in the entertainment industry. It’s produced by Joss Whedon, creator of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” “Angel”, and more recently writer and director of “The Avengers”. Whedon is talented, funny, and extremely successful to the tune of $100 million dollars. That’s great…….after all becoming successful at what you love is The American Dream. What I find disturbing is that the supposed party of the everyman doesn’t seem to be made up of regular people, but instead is composed of entitled, wealthy Elites who owe more to nepotism and circumstance than to anything else. Whedon himself was born into the entertainment biz with connections that would guarantee his success, and many of the familiar faces in his ad are as equally disconnected from the reality the rest of us live in. Let’s look at a few of them:
Robert Downey Jr. is another example of talented ignorance. He is now worth $240 million dollars due to his rightly-praised performances in a multitude of films, and though he was also born into showbiz, he almost squandered it. Luckily for Mr. Downey he was able to use his money and notoriety to escape the kind of consequences you or I would find imposed on us for the same offenses, such as being arrested in 1996 driving naked while possessing cocaine, heroin, and a loaded 357 magnum – or being arrested in 2000 in Palm Springs for possessing cocaine (again) while being dressed in a Wonder Woman costume.
Robert, while now admittedly sober, has quite a record for drugs……which makes his advocacy for Hillary Clinton especially confusing. You see, Bill Clinton wrote and signed into law one of the biggest expansions of national drug laws. His bill introduced mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses, and also introduced the “100 to 1” rule for cocaine sentencing……which means that 1 gram of crack cocaine is the sentencing equivalent of 100 grams of powder cocaine. At the same time, Clinton’s bill gave billions of dollars to the construction of new, private prisons to house all of the new inmates his bill would create. In her term as Secretary of State Hillary continued being the consummate drug warrior, pushing the “Merida Initiative”, involving hiring private military contractors to sell U.S. military arms to Mexico to “combat drug trafficking”. I guess Mr. Downey thinks that though he escaped ruin from prosecution of repeated drug crimes, others should spend serious time in jail for their similar crimes, all while putting tax dollars into the hands of the privatized prison system. Oh well, I guess that full pardon he received in 2015 from Gov. Jerry Brown, for any and all previous crimes, makes the hypocrisy go down a bit smoother.
Then there’s perpetually angry Don Cheadle. Don really hates Trump, you see…….because, well………just because. Don, who is worth $35 million dollars, thinks all the world is racist and aligned against him. His recent project, “Miles Ahead”, was difficult to bring to the screen because of the racism of Hollywood against the subject, Miles Davis, and himself. He claims black people are “underrepresented in Hollywood”, yet Cheadle himself is the 14th richest black actor in the world ( ericroberson.com ) and has been nominated for, and received, many awards. Cheadle became caught up in the recent #OscarsSoWhite controversy……tweeting to Chris Rock during the Oscars that “they got me parking cars on G level……….” – implying the bias against black actors and the distance between them and esteemed award. Odd, considering Cheadle was nominated for an Oscar in 2005 for “Hotel Rwanda”. Even stranger is Don’s willingness to appear with his friend Robert Downey Jr. in a political ad……considering Downey has an Oscar for playing a character in “blackface” in 2008’s “Tropic Thunder”. I guess Don forgives Hillary for calling black young people “super predators” a couple of years ago, and Bill’s “a few years ago this guy would be carrying our bags” remark about Barack Obama. In fact, the Black Community seems to be perfectly ok with Hillary’s kinship with the late Robert Byrd, whom she called in 2014 her “friend and mentor’, though Byrd started his own KKK chapter in West Virginia……and was famously quoted as saying, “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.” – Robert Byrd. I wonder if Don Cheadle knows that Hillary’s “friend and mentor” also spent 14 hours attempting to filibuster the 1964 Civil Rights Act?
Don’t forget the wise Scarlett Johansson, who is an activist and advocate for women’s rights and the rights of the LGBT community. Scarlett is worth over $100 million dollars, and her movies have netted $3.3 Billion(BoxOfficeMojo), yet she still finds the time to promote her feminist heroine, and warn us of the dangers of Trump. I wonder if she knows that the Clinton’s heavily benefit from contributions from some very un-feminist places. The Clintons took at least $25 million dollars from Saudi Arabia…..where same sex activity is illegal and punishable by death, discrimination against gays and women is encouraged by the State, and women need permission from a “male guardian” for even simple acts like going out in public. Add $1 – $5 million apiece from Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates……. all of which persecute gays and women in accordance with Sharia law. I guess since ScarJo can vote and drive here in the U.S., who cares if other women elsewhere in the world can? Or about where Clinton’s money comes from and what it may have bought?
There seems to be an awful, hypocritical, conformity taking shape amongst our entertainment and political Elite. What binds them is the insularity that their position and wealth affords, and they become more and more out of touch with reality while simultaneously lecturing the rest of us. I do not begrudge anyone their financial success, I applaud it…….but it’s also important to remind people that these celebrities are not, and most never were, ordinary people whose children compete with illegals for a scholarship, a job, or a home. They are eager to conform to each other, and are eager for us to conform to the corrosive ideas and policies of the politicians they promote.
Or maybe it’s just a bunch of talented frauds telling us to vote for one of their own.
“So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire…….. by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.” – George Orwell
With today’s culture of celebrity worship, Kanye West stands a very good chance of being the 2020 Democratic nominee.
We are surrounded by youngsters who cannot name even one of the rights outlined in the Bill of Rights, much less where they originated from.
I don’t know how many people wait on Barbara Streisand to emerge from her groundhog hole every four years and tell them who to vote for, but they ARE out there.
At any rate, good read.
Agreed. One thing though…… in my opinion we are at a celebrity worship tipping point. Even though celebrity worship is at an all time high, so is disgust at the super-rich who are seen as hypocrites. It wouldn’t take much to turn the dumb-masses against their millionaire entertainers. The more Kaepernicks and Whedons that expose themselves may find themselves hit in their enormous wallets. Who am I kidding?
You mean to tell them which Democrat to vote for, right? Although honestly I am sure there are plenty of Republican voters who take their primary cues from entertainment figures. Most people will vote for whichever Republican, or Democrat is nominated, and they do their REAL deciding in the primaries. The more uncommon people who actually sit on the fence are prime targets for candidates.
And funny you should say Kanye West; he is one of the few celebrities who actually backs President Trump up, whether honestly or because he is well paid, or he thinks it’s a career move, or because it’s part of his newfound Christianity and he’s backing up the pro-Christian President. Anyway my respect for him has gone up a great deal, being one of the very few celebrities willing to break ranks and speak for themselves, no matter how unpopular it makes them (not that it would take much for my respect for him to go up, since it couldn’t have gone much LOWER than it was before this! Only one way to go from rock bottom! But I think I must have misjudged the guy.)