Friday's HOT MIC
I feel your pain, as the man said, Debra, but publicists are not likely to help the morally narcissistic likes of Jennifer Lawrence. The real culprit here -- besides the normal idiocy of actors -- is the break-up of the studio system that happened a long time ago, before Jennifer, Clooney, Penn and the rest of the nauseating crew. In the good old days the stars were under contract to the studios and an important part of their contracts said: no spouting off about politics! The Warner Brothers, etc. were savvy enough to know you don't alienate half the audience. Our modern movie stars -- who are independent contractors now -- could give less of a damn. It's someone else's money at stake -- these days often the Chinese. (Hey, there's something else we can ask the Chinese to clean up for us!) The last person to say anything would be the publicist. Publicists are employees of the stars and would fired the moment they made such an untoward suggestion. In fact, one of the new parasitical occupations in Hollywood are people whose job it is to advise the stars on what (invariably left wing) cause they should donate to. I bet you'd find a lot of movie money in SPLC's offshore accounts, if you tracked it back.