George Clooney made more news at the Oscars than anyone else with his comments defending Hollywood’s “out of touch” nature.
Here is the news-making part of Clooney’s acceptance speech for best supporting actor for his work in the liberal propaganda piece Syriana:
And finally, I would say that, you know, we are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while. I think it’s probably a good thing. We’re the ones who talk about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn’t really popular. And we, you know, we bring up subjects. This Academy, this group of people, gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I’m proud to be a part of this Academy, proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch.
While he is being lauded for his supposed bravery, he is being praised to the hilt for his comments, which were simply more elitism from a group of people with no more experience in politics, economics or foreign policy than I.
It may be news to Clooney, but there were countless people fighting for civil rights even before the “Academy” gave the Oscar to McDaniel. There were people dealing with AIDS before Hollywood began to wear ribbons and pat themselves on the back.
And that is what his speech is truly about – self-congratulations and self-inflation. Sure, Clooney makes millions of dollars for being a mediocre actor, but he wants to make a real impact on culture. Sure, he is dating and sleeping with a new woman each month, but he wants to leave a political legacy.
Hollywood is obsessed with its own self-importance. That cannot be satisfied with simply making quality entertainment: they must be influencing the opinions of everyone else.
On the vast majority of cases, the majority gets it right – if not immediately, eventually. But regardless of whether the mainstream of America is right or wrong on an issue, they will not be pushed in either direction by a pompous, elitists actor.
Elitism is the opposite of democracy. They make speech after speech, rant after rant about how Bush is trying to overturn our democracy and force us into a dictatorship, theocracy, etc. However, in reality, Hollywood, the Mainstream media, Academia are the ones who are pushing our nation away from the egalitarian system of governance.
The elites support judicial rule as opposed to legislative rule. They revel in being “out of touch” – viewing it, as Clooney does, as being automatically a positive thing. Sometimes being in disagreement with the majority is a good, brave thing, but sometimes it is an arrogant, self-servicing thing, especially when one has supporters who effectively control broadcast media.
Besides having a large platform from which to speak, what makes Clooney’s opinion any more valuable than mine or yours. Many of these actors are college drop-outs, including Clooney, with little or no education and no real experience outside of the make-believe world in Hollywood.
We laugh at the commercials where some needs a doctor, someone steps forward to help and they ask him if he is a doctor. “No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.” We know that is ridiculous, yet no one laughs when Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Michael Moore, etc. answer, “No, I am not a foreign policy expert, but I am a Hollywood star.”
If we listen to Clooney, the majority of Academy voters are a better arbitrator of laws than the majority of the the American voters. I tend to fall in line with William F. Buckley who said that he would rather be governed by the first 100 names in the Boston phone book than the Harvard faculty. I would go so far as to say, in reference to Clooney’s remarks, I would rather be governed by the first 100 names in the Los Angeles phone book than the Oscar voters.
UPDATE: Here’s some facts from Newsbusters to counteract Clooney’s assertion of the importance of Hollywood. Unless Hollywood was promoting AIDS awareness in the 70’s, they were too late to be shouting above the whisper. Newsweek and Time ran AIDS stories in 1983. President Reagan was condemned for not “doing enough” to fight the disease. By June of 1983, ABC News did a story about the hype of AIDS becoming a problem. Oprah predicted millions of heterosexuals would be dead of AIDS by 1990, which happened to be the first year Hollywood produced a wide release AIDS movie, “Longtime Companion.”
But never question how much they care, after all they wear ribbons that say so..or “shout” so.
UPDATE 2: Beautiful Atrocities asks an even better question of the supposed courage of Hollywood: “why, 5 years after 9/11, won’t Hollywood bring up Islamofascism?”
UPDATE 3: It keeps getting worse for Clooney. The Corner takes their turn, noting that when McDaniel won her Oscar (for playing a slave who loved being a slave), she had to sit in the back with a table for just her and her escort.