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Quote of the Day

November 5th, 2013 - 12:04 am

Here’s a very enlightening anecdote from Peter Bart’s 1998 book The Gross: The Hits, the Flops, the Summer That Ate Hollywood. Bart is having dinner with Warren Beatty, who had just made Bulworth, and Beatty has taken umbrage with a column of Bart’s in Variety that argued inflated star salaries were dooming Hollywood. Beatty claimed Bart was wrong and that stars were completely worth their $20 million fees:

“Aren’t you uncomfortable taking this position?” [Bart] queried. “After all, one of the major points you make in Bulworth revolves around the unfair apportionment of income in this country. A tiny minority makes the big bucks, and the rest of the nation isn’t doing any better than they did one or two generations ago — that’s your thesis, right?”

Beatty did not even blink. “Stars are different,” he intoned. “We’re talking about movie stars.” And having made this important distinction, he picked up the menu and started ordering. (The Gross, p. 191)

So that’s why it’s okay for stars to live luxurious, rarefied lifestyles while preaching forced wealth redistribution for everyone else:  They would be exempt.  Because stars are different.

—As spotted in the comments at Ricochet.com, in a post titled, “Why are Celebrities Leftists?”

Of course, the answer is perhaps simpler: Celebrities are largely leftists because their bosses, from their directors to the heads of casting to the heads of the major studios are largely leftists, and at least for now, they hold the keys to breaking into the industry and advancing.

(See also Aaron Sorkin, the punitive far left co-writer of Bulworth, who is now a major producer at Time-Warner-CNN-HBO.)

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I'm waiting for an article about how Obamacare and Health Insurance has affected Hollywood stars and celebrities who did so much to help push this on the middle class -- or do they have so much money, they don't need "insurance?"
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Leftist because of their bosses?

Ehhhhh, not so sure. I'd say they are leftists exactly because it allows Warren Beatty et al to take his $20 million guilt free. If he were conservative, Beatty knows damn well that he would just use that money to drive his Ferrari through the slums and laugh at poor people, donate to the Klan, and probably buy very expensive purebred puppies to step on, while lighting his cigar with hundred dollar bills.

But he is not conservative, he is liberal. Thus he will use his $20 million for entirely different personal pleasures, while advocating that small businessmen be hyper taxed to pay for unicorns for everybody and other wonderful "good things". Maybe he'll donate a little to The Human Fund ("Money for People"). And he may even, in a fit of public spirit, allow his after tax cut of that $20 million to be reduced from $17milion to $16 million. Oh, he'll have to budget, of course, but don't we all. And all this for doing a job that most of us would agree looks like one hell of a lot of fun to do. Did I mention the endless stream of hot babes?

All that, and free of guilt because he is "bien pensant"? C'mon. Hell, for that, even I would tell a few people a few times a year how wonderful Obama is. As Dudley Moore's 'Arthur' said, "I took the money, I'm not an idiot!"
1 year ago
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It's interesting that the place where you see the highest percentage of actors 'come out' as at the very least RINOs, if not conservatives, is the stars of action-adventure movies. They don't do it until after they're successful, of course, since they don't want to nip their careers in the bud, but it's tough to reconcile the target audience for those types of movies with a star who is supposed to be a muy macho alpha male on screen, but turns into someone somewhere to the left of Che Guevara when he's touting his ideology off-screen (see Matt Damon's many failed attempts at becoming the next Arnold, Sly or Bruce Willis as the best example of an actor alienating the audience he's trying to attract).
1 year ago
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Clint Eastwood. Chuck Norris. John Wayne. Probably Charles Bronson.

I recall Sly trying to protray himself as a conservative back when he was doing Rambo. He even had an interview in Soldier of Fortune magazine, and I think he claimed to be pro-gun.
1 year ago
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This. My daughter is in theater conservatory (David Mamet's old school, in fact) and must keep her mouth shut around her teachers when controversies come up. Liberty only counts to them if it involves sex; on all other matters, The State owns everything.
1 year ago
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I don't believe they actually care about liberty with respect to sex. I have had leftist college profs who were quite fine with China's one child policy.

The left uses sexual issues as a wedge issue. They may not be opposed to gay sex or abortion, but I think many of them would be all too happy to restrict sexual activitis and reproduction for their own purposes. Young people, particularly young females, have been convinced that the left's agenda is because they care about sexual freedom, when in fact it is a convinient issue for the left, and it fits in with their actual agenda of population control.
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