By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham ~
Americans are infatuated with celebrities, but unfortunately for the Left, that love doesn’t translate into a popular landslide for the liberal point of view. Celebrity millionaires love to pose as compassionate citizens for the cameras, and it doesn’t matter if anything changes.
Remember the video made by actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher pledging to serve the public and Obama? “I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama,” said rock singer Anthony Kiedis as he kissed his biceps, right and left. It concluded with Moore saying “I pledge to be a servant to our president,” and Kutcher added “And to all mankind.” In a crowd, the celebrities chanted “Because together we can, together we are, together we will be the change that we seek.”
Movie stars with large “carbon footprints” who jet around the world to film festivals ridiculously pledged “to reduce my use of plastic!…to no longer use the plastic bags at the grocery store.” Actor Jason Bateman pledged to flush his toilet only after a “number two,” and never a number one. No one was going to check that pledge.
Speaking of pledges, Moore’s marriage to Kutcher (her third) crumbled before Obama’s second term.
In 2012, the gun-hating group Mayors Against Illegal Guns assembled celebrities for a YouTube video called “Demand a Plan,” which unsurprisingly offered nothing resembling a plan. Just stone-faced celebs in black and white looking glum and posing against mass shootings.
There was Reese Witherspoon: “How many more colleges? And Will Ferrell: “How many more movie theaters?” And atheist Sarah Silverman: “How many more houses of faith?” And comedian Aziz Ansari: “How many more shopping malls?” And so on. Then they all said “Demand a plan,” and repeated “It’s time,” and repeated “We can do better than this,” and finally a chorus of “Enough.”
It feels so very good. It proposes absolutely nothing. And the Hollywood hypocrisy was blatant. Jamie Foxx shot a lot of white racists dead in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Jessica Alba starred in ultraviolent Sin City and Machete. Julianne Moore starred in Assassins. Witherspoon was a teenaged killer in Freeway.
A few weeks ago, in the wake of a national outrage at the news they were selling the body parts of dead babies, Planned Parenthood released a video of 20 actresses declaring “why they will always stand” with the abortion conglomerate. Again they used the usual vague declarations of solidarity without using the word “abortion,” like wanting to be the “architects” of their own “destiny,” and so on.
Now post-San Bernardino, the gun-haters are back again, with yet another video (and some of the same celebrities). It was put together by “Everytown for Gun Safety,” a group made from a merger between Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action.
These geniuses still haven’t located a plan, but they’re all chanting over and over and over again, “We can, we can…we can end, we can end…We can end gun violence.” Then President Obama comes on camera, saying “When we come together, Americans can do anything.”
This is what utopian leftists do, suggest it’s somehow possible we can end “gun violence” or all disease or all poverty.
Celebrities don’t really care that California had some of America’s toughest gun-control laws that didn’t end up stopping the gun violence there. They strike a pose, and feel good about themselves. Liberals had a fit against conservatives only offering “thoughts and prayers” after San Bernardino. But all these Hollywood hacks are offering is Twitter hashtags and lame YouTube mantras.