Celebutards: Hitting Hollywood Liberals Where it Hurts

A celebutard, by Andrea Peyser's definition is, "a famous person with a grandiose notion of his own importance ... a human being of subpar intellect, oversized ego, and colossal bank account."

In other words, Sean Penn.

Celebutards: The Hollywood Hacks, Limousine Liberals, and Pandering Politicians Who Are Destroying America reads like the bastard child of Shut Up & Sing and 110 People Who Are Screwing Up America.

Peyser, the New York Post columnist, takes aim at Penn and other familiar targets who fancy themselves political pundits. It's fish in a barrel time, but Peyser's pugnacious prose makes it all go down so very easily. One only wishes she didn't expand her target rich environment to include lefty politicians. There's more than enough inane chatter coming from Hollywood to feed this book and a few others. At some point in too many celebrities' lives, Peyser reasons, the famous begin believing in their own ignorance.

Take Penn, for example. Peyser lampoons his many public statements and actions, from his boating excursion during Hurricane Katrina to his admission that Saddam Hussein used him as a propaganda pawn in the run-up to the Iraq invasion. Penn, like every other celebutard here, gets deconstructed with a short bio and details of his rise to fame.

Any conservative with an internet connection or a radio can name the names on Peyser's list: Barbra Streisand, Susan Sarandon, Sheryl Crow, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, and others. Babs gets taken down, hard, for her blog's frequent and hilarious spellings and her even more confusing explanations for them. Peyser hammers Crow for suggesting we only use a square or two of toilet paper to save the word from climate Armageddon. Madonna gets the material taken out of her in Peyser's short but withering chapter on the pop princess. While the singer dabbles in dubious political science on stage, her bigger sins involve the hypocrisy betwixt her work and the values she tries to instill in her children.