Danny Glover: Hero to the Media, Villain to the Intelligent

Get yourself ready for it. The media is going to praise Danny Glover for getting arrested for standing up for workers abused by capitalism run amok. On April 16, he was arrested at a protest against the Sodexo food service company for their treatment of workers. He’ll be hailed as a hero and other Hollywood stars will follow in his footsteps, if for no other reason than publicity, but Glover deserves no praise. He has a history of painting America as the problem and anti-American regimes as the saviors of the oppressed.

“We’re here today to say no more to deplorable pay and working conditions,” Glover shouted before he was arrested after crossing a police line. He wasn’t apprehended for the protest, but for deliberately provoking law enforcement. He was asked three times to move back over the yellow tape and refused.

His admiration for Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, who is surely treating his critics far worse than Sodexo is, gives us an idea of the lens through which Glover views the world. Chavez’s government donated $30 million to a film being made by Glover about Toussaint Louverture. The funding sparked protest from figures in the entertainment industry in Venezuela, who were then punished by having their film guilds shut down.

Glover sits on the advisory board of Telesur, the state-owned television network owned by Chavez’s government, and has frequently appeared on Chavez’s own show. This friendship is forged by anti-Americanism and support for the neo-Communist ideology of Chavez. Glover’s friend and fellow actor, Harry Belafonte, said during a trip to Venezuela he took with Glover that “no matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we’re here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people … support your revolution.” It doesn’t get much more Red than that.

Glover's other hero is Fidel Castro. He signed a letter calling on the United Nations to defend Cuba against the U.S.’s accusations of human rights abuses, asking that it not “legitimize the anti-Cuban aggression of the administration of Bush.” The Cuban state media has written: “There’s an intense relationship between Danny Glover and Havana. It was love at first sight, and not only has it stood the test of his frequent visits, but it is growing deeper and deeper, through discoveries and affinities.”

Even more revolting was Glover’s reaction to the 9/11 attacks. His immediate reaction was to describe the U.S. as “one of the main purveyors of violence in the world,” drawing moral equivalence between the terrorist attacks and what he feels is American imperialism.