Educating the Ignorant
- Dec 19, 2008
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In 2003, ahead of a U.S. attack on Iraq, a robust anti-war movement in Hollywood included a TV commercial starring Martin Sheen and Sean Penn visiting Baghdad. There were online petitions signed by Ed Asner; letters to President George W. Bush pleading for peace were signed by Matt Damon, Tim Robbins, Barbra Streisand and Alec Baldwin; former M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell fronted multiple press conferences where celebrities denounced war. In interviews, Janeane Garofalo stopped identifying herself as an actor -- she preferred to be called a member of the U.S. anti-war movement.
The good news for President Barack Obama... is that he probably won't have to deal with a similar anti-war movement from Hollywood. But that's not because there isn't opposition. It's just not organized, and, as Asner and Farrell – two of the industry's most vocal progressive activists -- told The Hollywood Reporter Friday, perhaps it never will be.
While some conservatives see hypocrisy, Farrell says that an all-out war in Iraq under Bush, a Republican who was very unpopular in Hollywood, was a much bigger deal than potential missile strikes against Syria under the direction of Obama, a Democrat who drew millions for his campaigns from showbiz industry donors.
Asner, 83, and Farrell, 74, both expressed extreme disappointment in Obama for advocating military action.
Another reason some Hollywood progressives have been reticent to speak out against war in Syria, according to Asner, is fear of being called racist.
"A lot of people don't want to feel anti-black by being opposed to Obama," he said.
As much as Obama is loved by Hollywood power-brokers, Asner says he doesn't fear backlash by speaking against the president.
"Hollywood can't mobilize for that either," he joked. "If they try to punish me, what are they gonna do? Take away my pension?"
Syria: Why Hollywood's Anti-War Voices Are Quiet
Disgusting Demokrats; they claim to want a colorblind society but prove to be the ultimate hypocrites. They're as bad, perhaps worse than racists. They, in their lofty positions of comfort do not have the balls to act on their beliefs in an area where they shrieked as if their hair was on fire not too many years ago. Gutless cowards.
And Asner lets another little kitty out of the bag in the last line above. Repercussions for not flowing with the Commi-Lib agenda. We knew that you couldn't go to Hollweird and be a young, up and coming actor and be an outspoken Conservative.... Asner reveals as much.