February 14, 2003

Boycott Clooney: This post at

Boycott Clooney: This post at Little Green Footballs, and the interview to which it links, sent me ranting about George Clooney ... part time actor and director, full-time moronic political analyst. Go to the link and read the article. Then you'll better understand my comments below.

Wow. THIS was truly a fantastic interview. I've always been a bit smitten with the tussled-hair, aw-shucks, puppy-dog upward-glance Clooney shtick ... now I see he's just another out-of-touch Hollywood dilettante. That’s the problem with paying intellectually average people $15 million for three months of work … they start to think that idolatry equals intellectual superiority and a responsibility for social leadership. I normally wouldn’t do this, but in the spirit of E. Nough, let’s take a look at some of Clowney’s brighter statements:

"People have different cut-off points. They can't tolerate uncertainties. They try to deal with things, and when it all gets too much they turn to religion. For the certainty of it. I don't want to piss on anyone's beliefs and I don't want anyone pissing on mine. For me, when it all gets too much, I think it's my problem, something I've got to face out. I can't dump it on God. But if you must, you must.”

Yes. Turning to faith is obviously a sign of weakness. Just ask Mother Theresa. All those years George, when she was slogging through the filth and waste of Calcutta, feeding lepers and the infirmed with her bare hands, cleaning the vomit and bile from the mouths of malnourished children, she lacked the strength to face her problems from the foundation of her own self-reliance. Weak and incapable of facing adversity, she turned toward God in resignation.

"The question is, do we go on murdering each other, or are we going to take time out to ask ourselves why we're so angry in the first place? I get mad at someone, then I find out more about why they did what they did to make me mad, and the anger disperses. We get angry because we don't have enough information."

Absolutely. Well said. Clearly, if we had simply tried to better understand his position, we would have had enough information to appreciate why Adolph Hitler felt compelled to murder 14 million Jews. We simply failed to appreciate his point of view … more exploration on our part surely would have resulted in our not having to get angry … after all, its only genocide.

“Listen to the language! 'Evil.' 'Evil'? 'Nexus of evil'? 'Evil-doer'? That's my favourite, 'Evil-doer'! What's wrong with their vocabulary: couldn't they come up with 'schmuck'?"

Of course! Political leaders should abandon the rhetoric of statesmanship … never mind the international stage and the fact that they’re establishing both policy and posterity … let the Yiddish fly! We’d all remember 1941 better if Roosevelt had said, “December 7th, 1941 … a really, REALLY shitty day.”

“Look at us," he cries, "we're the guys who marched into France and liberated them, handing out stockings and chocolate. And we've slowly become all the things we fought against. How'd it happen?"

And here it is … the line that shreds my last sinews of respect and interest. Although we once were liberators of chained peoples and the font of world freedom, now we’ve become all the things we’ve fought against. The Nazis. The Stalinists. Which should be clear to any observer … after all, the United States is well known for it’s policy of rounding up citizens, shoving them into rail cars like so much chattel, and shipping them to their deaths. Well … except those who are lucky enough to work in our slave labor camps. Thankfully, we have the book burnings and the state controlled media to occupy our time. Because “we’ve become all the things we’ve fought against.”

George Clooney … actor, director, butcher of history, and perfect example of a person who could only reach fame and fortune in America … a country from whose ideals he benefits, yet fails to understand.

UPDATE: And Lesley agrees ...

Posted by Avocare at February 14, 2003 11:56 PM
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