On Monday, liberal celebrities launched yet another political video, this time aimed at the new Congress, which opened session Tuesday.
Like the celebrity videos urging voters not to choose Republican Donald Trump, and urging the Electoral College not to vote for him, this video reached out to the target group as “our last line of defense” against America’s president-elect.
In classic leftist fashion, the celebrities promised Congress that “we are with you,” but only so long as lawmakers do exactly what they say, namely to obstruct Trump (who, by the way, won’t become president until January 20).
“Dear members of Congress, I’m mad. Flabbergasted. Furious. Concerned for my children. I’m worried for everyone,” the celebrities said, alternating one by one. “The majority of Americans, regardless of who they voted for, did not vote for racism, for sexism, or for xenophobia. And yet Donald Trump won.”
Yet again, celebrities equated Trump with nearly every form of bigotry imaginable. But that’s not it — “And since he won, hate crimes are rising. Women have been attacked in his name. People of color have been attacked in his name.” That’s true, if by “hate crimes” the celebrities meant hate-crime hoaxes.
“Here’s what we ask of our elected officials. No, here’s what we demand,” the celebrities declared. “To the extent that Trump pursues racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, anti-worker, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-environmental policies, we demand that you vigorously oppose him. We demand that you block nominees who threaten the rights of women, the LGBT community, people of color, immigrants, and the poor.”
The celebrities insisted that they expect Congress “to obstruct, to obstruct, obstruct, obstruct, defeat, anything, anything, anything, anything that violates our core values as diverse Americans.”
Then, as if to emphasize just how full of themselves these celebrities were, they “signed” off as “the majority, the majority, the majority, the majority, the majority, the majority, the majority of the American people.” Yes, they really did repeat “majority” seven times.
Newsflash: These celebrities speak only for themselves. Yes, they are fairly high-profile stars. Sally Field (Forrest Gump, 1994), Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale, 2006, and Westworld, 2016), Keegan-Michael Key, former cohost of The View Rosie Perez, and Steve Buscemi (Fargo, 1996) are well-known — but they’re not as high profile as Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Ruffalo (from the first video).
Furthermore, this video also featured the first openly gay episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson, and Lea DeLaria, the first openly gay late-night talk-show comic. And need I even mention Touré Neblett, former co-host of the MSNBC show The Cycle?
Their emphasis on LGBT people and racial minorities, and stubborn refusal to even consider the conservative arguments which propelled Trump to victory, shows a different kind of left-wing bigotry which may be just as dangerous. It certainly helped Trump win.
At the end of the day, these celebrities are mostly professional actors, not political experts. When Tina Fey said that Hillary Clinton lost the election because she didn’t have enough “celebrity music videos,” she was making a joke — not an argument.
It seems too many in Hollywood actually thought she was being serious.