Carol Platt Liebau: Shining <i>Much</i> Less Brightly

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Shining Much Less Brightly

Here is one of the most outrageous stories of recent memory (Wesley Pruden comments here today).

Apparently, Wayne Newton and Robin Williams are having a hard time lining up Hollywood "talent" to go to Iraq to entertain the troops -- the troops, mind you, that provide them with the freedom to make huge sums of money for engaging in a pleasant occupation under pleasant conditions (resulting, all too often, in a trashy or silly product). (As you may recall, I've been critical of Hollywood's response to the War on Terror, generally).

Now, celebrities are afraid, so it seems, that deigning to entertain the troops will be construed as an endorsement of the war, and -- heavens! -- that wouldn't do at all. Might be bad for the career, or result in some odd glances at the fashionable cocktail parties.

Barbara Streisand, Alec Baldwin and all the rest of the summer soldiers and sunshine patriots needn't waste any of our time suggesting that they "support" the troops, if not the President. Obviously, they don't. If they did, they and the rest of the "stars" could stand a little inconvenience, or even a little threat to their trainer-toned (or not, in the case of Baldwin & Streisand) behinds.

Kudos to Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, country singers Mark Wills, Craig Morgan and Keni Thomas -- and Drew Carey, rock musician Henry Rollins, Gary Sinise, comedian Tom Green and model and Fox sports commentator Leeann Tweeden.

And, yes, kudos to Al Franken. He may be an idiot, but he's willing to go entertain the troops -- which is a lot more than one can say for most of his brethren on the left.


Blogger stackja1945 said...

Hollywood does not represent the USA anymore look at the movies they make. Leftwing causes and entertainers have always gone together. Since they do not support actions to protect the US, they do not support US forces overseas.

12:48 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

I don't know the whole story. But kudos to Robin Williams, too. I heard he ridiculed George Bush in some of his jokes. Those jokes evidently didn't go over very well. But he's willing to entertain the troops anyway.

6:41 AM  

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