Don’tcha love it when people who make their living pretending to be someone or something they’re not pretend to be someone or something they’re not in real life? Like when Hollywood DemoLibs suddenly morph into self-appointed policy wonks or sociopolitical experts because they’ve played one on TV or the silver screen?
Take Whoopi Goldberg. Anywhere.
Apparently The Color Purple, Sister Mary Clarence and that show-stopping stint on Hollywood Squares qualifies Big Whoop as a political genius. At least The View thinks so, which says more about The View than anything else. But I digress. Here’s a sample of Whoopi genius:
Why would anyone listen to a word Whoopi has to say on anything? What experience, expertise, training or credentials does Big Whoop or your average Tinseltown DemoLib have to be a spokesperson on anything other than acting? Does Hollywood celeb status make Hollywood celebs experts on anything other than another round of Let’s Pretend?
Meryl and The Great Apple Scare
Remember Alar and The Great Apple Scare of 1989? Grand Dame of Hollywood Meryl Streep testified before Congress and on TV talk shows about Alar’s dangers. Of those stunts, Clarence Feldman of The American Thinker writes:
Ms Streep, … was a willing tool in the politicization of the way food is grown, serving as a high profile spokeswoman for environmental partisans who falsely suggested to petrified parents that they were killing their children by feeding them Alar-treated apples and apple products, a stunt which cost apple growers a lot of money, and for which she has never apologized let alone offered any recompense.
No matter. Streep’s a high profile celeb. She must know what she’s talking about, right?
Here are a few more:
- Sigourney Weaver testified about ocean acidification before a Senate subcommittee. She’s a certified expert on the subject because she played a chain-smoking environmental scientist in Avatar.
- Sissy Spacek, Jane Fonda, and Jessica Lange testified before Congress about America’s family farms. Their qualifications? Lange and Spacek played farm wives in the movies. We’re not ruling out the possibly that Fonda planted a veggie garden outside Hanoi somewhere.
Here are some more examples of celeb testimony before Congress, courtesy of Philly.com:
- Model Christie Brinkley (nuclear energy)
- Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson (coal and water policy);
- Ashley Judd (global warming’s impact on wildlife)
- Justine Bateman (Internet regulation)
- Ed Norton (global warming)
- Puppets Lamb Chop (regulation of children’s television programming) and Elmo (education funding).
Then there’s George Clooney, Martin Sheen and son Charlie.
Last but not least is everybody’s fave, Alec Mr. Ballistic Baldwin. A perennial award winner for Best Performance as an Actor Trying to Act, Mr. Lefty hit a career high as Clancy’s Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October. It’s been a downhill slide ever since. Good thing Alec’s winning beard-growing contests against Vikings. At least it keeps him off the big screen. Whether or not it’ll keep him from tweeting sheer stupidity again is open to question.
Anything Better To Do?
‘Natch, these folks have every right to have their say. But don’t members of Congress have better things to do than turn committee hearings on serious subjects into opportunities for Tinseltown Lefties to act like they’re doing anything other than acting?
That’s not sound policy. It’s not even a good show. It’s a waste of the taxpayer’s time and dime.
So the next time some Hollywood shill sans any credentials, expertise or experience on a topic – which is most of the time – tries teaching the world to sing about global warming, abortion, gun control, education, world peace or how to peel an apple, here’s an idea: tune out. Or take a nap. You won’t miss a thing.
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