'Matter of Laugh or Death,' a humor column
By Bill Dunn
Interesting observations on this thing we call life
(appearing each week in the Republican-American newspaper, Waterbury, CT)
CELEBRITY OPINIONS ARE WEIGHING US DOWN
A recent news story caught my eye. Actor John Cusack posted what was described as a “caustic Twitter rampage.” Cusack wrote some rather nasty things about Newt Gingrich and Fox News. Of course, expressing the desire to see prominent conservatives die painful deaths is about as commonplace in Hollywood as breast implants, Botox, and visits to rehab. Cusack was not exactly taking a courageous stand, considering the average political view in Tinseltown is so far left-wing it makes Karl Marx look like Karl Rove.
What was odd about the news story was a quote from Cooper Lawrence, the author of the book “Cult of Celebrity.” Lawrence first warned that Cusack’s inflammatory comments might prompt a mentally unstable fan to commit violence. Then he added, “John Cusack has to know that his words carry weight because he is an actor.”
Lawrence is worried a deranged Cusack fan might go over the edge. I’m worried Lawrence actually said that Cusack’s words “carry weight because he is an actor.”
Apparently, John Cusack’s words do not carry weight because he is extremely intelligent. They do not carry weight because he has spent years studying the issues, carefully forming his viewpoints, and then presenting his ideas in a compelling way. No, the main reason Cusack’s words carry weight is because he is a actor. Ugh.
If American society finally collapses, maybe that sentence will be an appropriate epitaph on our national tombstone: “His words carry weight because he is an actor.” When our country decides elections and forms public policy based on the opinions of celebrities, it’s time to pack it in. We are in deep trouble.
Americans nowadays are far too obsessed with celebrities. We take their every thought, word, and deed as supremely important. (Although with some celebrities the word “thought” should be omitted from that list.)
Personally, I don’t know much about John Cusack. I don’t remember ever seeing anything he starred in. I suppose he’s a fine actor with lots of loyal fans. From what I can gather, other opinionated celebrities, such as Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, and Jane Fonda, are fine actors, too. But my primary question is: what makes a movie star an expert on politics?
I think we all know the answer: nothing! Movie stars have no more expertise in political science than a person randomly selected from the Des Moines phone book. Actually, a random schlub from Des Moines probably has a better chance of understanding politics compared to the average movie star because at least he or she lives in the real world. Celebrities in Hollywood are so insulated from reality, they think owning a beach-front home and traveling by private jet are personal rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
Celebrities have one thing the Des Moines citizen does not have: an audience, a large group of people who will hang on ever word they utter. Unless I’m mistaken, not too many tractor repairmen residing in Iowa’s capital city get the opportunity to walk on stage, receive a little gold statue, and then, in front of a national TV audience, ramble bumper sticker-like political slogans for three or four minutes.
Now with Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter, you don’t even need to win an Academy Award to ramble political slogans to a large audience.
Let’s hope some nutcase is not prompted to commit violence because of the inflammatory words of opinionated celebrities, regardless of which side of the political spectrum they’re on. And by the way, Mr. Cusack’s political views are quite ridiculous. I know because Chuck Norris and Tom Selleck told me so. Their words carry weight.
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