As a resident of Hollywood, CA, I didn’t exactly see crying in the streets, but I did “feel their pain,” as the saying goes.
According to (where else?) Variety, the local entertainment industry went in big time in support of Jon Ossoff, the jejune sometime documentarian, in his quest to win the election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district.
Rosie O’Donnell [je suis shockay], Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Sean Daniel, Connie Britton, Sam Waterston and Kyra Sedgwick are among those who have donated to Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign, while others have been participating in phone banks to get out the vote and a few, like actress Alyssa Milano, have volunteered to go door to door in the suburban Atlanta district.
Will these moral narcissists talk with Ossoff again, now that he has lost by a solid margin, more than predicted, failing to do any better than Hillary against their Public Enemy #1 (Donald J. Trump) despite having by far the largest war chest in American congressional history, nine times bigger than his opponent’s?
I would think not. These celebs have better things to do behind the walls of their twenty-million-dollar mansions, especially now that, thanks to Trump, although they would never acknowledge it in a million years, their already fat stock market portfolios have grown roughly 17% since Donald was elected.
How much money has Hanoi Jane made from Trump? Fonda’s net worth is said to be $200 million. If half that is invested in stock, she has made roughly seventeen million off Trump. If one quarter is in stock… well you do the math. Rosie’s net worth is estimated at $120 million. Deprivation! No wonder she’s so angry at Donald. He didn’t earn enough for her.
It’s easy to make fun of these celebrities who sit in the lap of luxury while mouthing liberal, even Marxist, pieties. But the truth is, forget Georgia, they are living in a city with a mammoth homeless problem. The L.A. Times is reporting that as of 2017 Los Angeles has a staggering 57,794 homeless, up from 44,359 in 2015. I see them every day with “mine own eyes.” Everywhere you drive in this city you see tent encampments under the freeways, as if the City of the Angels had turned into Calcutta.
Surely these Hollywood grandees have seen it too, unless they never go out of the house. If they seriously wanted to do something substantive with their largesse, other than political virtue signaling, they would contribute to dealing with this catastrophic, rapidly growing problem.
They should also examine what it is about Donald Trump that actually makes them so angry. The tweets? That he opposes radical Islamic terrorism? That he is colluding with Russia? (The idea of that being of concern to Fonda, who actually did collude with North Vietnam in the most obvious way, is hilarious.) What specifically? Not gay marriage. He supported that long before Obama or Hillary came around.
In actuality, I submit that what angers them most is that Trump is not interested in them. He is interested in the actual working class, which they disdain. (Yes, I have seen that up close and personal too. I wrote about it extensively, naming names, in this book.)
If Hollywood and the media together lead the Democratic Party, not the politicians or — good Lord! — the people themselves, as seems increasingly obvious, a tail wagging the dog, if there ever was one, they ought to take a good look at themselves. What they are perceived to be espousing is no more than pompous elitism, a sense of looking down on the folks who pay their immense bills (media too, in many instances). They may rejoice at Trump’s low poll numbers, but beware. As the man said, it’s the economy, stupid. Their boy (and he is a boy) Ossoff lost more substantially than expected in an upscale part of Georgia elitists should win. Enough of the Trump bashing. Start thinking about how to make the country better. Come up with some policies that make sense. Then maybe you’ll start winning again.
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media. His latest book is I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already. He tweets @rogerlsimon.