Sunday, November 23, 2008

Only What You Want To Hear?

So Chuck Norris got some attention lately. He wrote this article for entitled "If Democracy Doesn't Work, Try Anarchy" and it talks about the recent passage of Proposition 8 (Ban of Same-Sex Marriage) in California.

So here is a Celebrity telling us (you) what to think, so I'm going to rip him apart... well, kind of.

I know I'm going to be called a hypocrite, and you might be right, but as I see it, this is different.
Chuck is a regular contributor to Take a look at all of the articles he has written. As I defended Michael Moore and Al Franken for speaking out because that is what they do. I am also defending Chuck.
He is not preaching to you about this as you watch him act, or while he is on a talk show as he promotes his latest film. Although his celebrity does set him apart and it does garner him extra attention than a "regular" person writing the same article would get.
I admit that there is a little bit of a grey area here, but I am having no problem with the distinction.

There are a few people that fall into this category besides Chuck (Al and Michael I've already mentioned). Ted Nugent is one. He writes books and goes out and talk a lot about the American he wants to see. Yes, he sometimes crosses the line (OK, many times crosses the line) by preaching at his concerts. In those cases, Ted should "Shut Up and Sing".

Of course, there are plenty of people that now think that Chuck should just shut up. They are all on the side of the argument opposite from Chuck. Where are they when Tina Fey is spouting her hatred of Sarah Palin, or when David Letterman is telling us what a terrible President John McCain would be (would have been). Those people are the real hypocrites. If you take it from the Celebs on your side, you have to take it from the others too.

Monday, November 17, 2008

How Fragile Is The Earth?

This is going to be a quick post. I was really excited when I heard they were going to re-make "The Day The Earth Stood Still". The classic SciFi movie from the 1950's where an alien comes to Earth to warn us that if we don't change our waring ways, he will be forced to destroy us in order to save the Universe from our aggression.

I just realized that the re-make has a slightly augmented story. In the same vein as "The Day After Tomorrow" this movie appears to preach to us that if we don't "Go Green", the aliens are going to destroy us to save the Earth (from us).

How much are we going to get this shoved down our throats? The people who are shoveling this crap are brainwashing us to believe that the Earth is so fragile that the actions of Man are going to destroy it.

Sister, even if we set off every one of our nuclear bombs, the Earth is still going to be here. It would take a small amount of time (geologically speaking) for the Earth to recover, even from the most we could do to it.

How arrogant of people to think so much of Man to think that this planet even notices we are here. I hope the world comes to its collective senses before my dying days, but I fear it will get much worse before then.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Now THIS Is How Stars Are Suppose To Act!

Bravo Jennifer Aniston!
She's not out there telling us what to think about "Same-Sex" Marriage.
She's not out there telling us what we should think about Sarah Palin, or preaching to us about "The Chosen One" (notice I didn't have to say His name, yet you know who I'm talking about).
She's out there starting a cat fight with Angelina Jolie!

In this article from the Chicago Tribune (.com) we read how Jen is just itching to scratch some eyes out. Yeah baby! That's what celebs are suppose to be talking to reporters about!
Stop telling me to drive a Hybrid or to vote for a law to force farmers to give their chickens more elbow room (True law... just passed in California.). I wanna know what a low life Angelina is!

Jenny just went up about 5 notches on my opinion pole. She may not be perfect. I mean she did throw her 6 seconds in on this "Don't Vote" thing (look at the 0:39, 2:54 and 3:50 marks), but this is a great example to set for her TV/movie star pals. I just hope it catches on.
Ya know what? Angelina didn't do the "Don't Vote" ad... neither did Brad... hmm. They spend their time living a good example to others rather than telling everyone how they should live. 
**A really quick search only uncovered Brad donating money to the fight against the CA law to ban Same-Sex Marriage.

Maybe if Jen was more like Angie, Brad would have... oh, well. Never mind.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Just When I Thought It Was Safe.

I had expected to take a small break after the election. I figured all of the stars would be tuckered out after helping the "main steam" media get BHO elected, but I failed to think about one thing.
Since the causes of the celebrity elitists did so well in the election, they are now emboldened and free to focus their attention on the one thing they didn't get their way on. California's Proposition 8 - Ban On Same Sex Marriage.

As usual, something I saw online spurred me to write this column. This time it was this.

My position and the purpose of this Blog is that I simply don't want to hear from any of these celebrities on ANYTHING except what I pay them for (act, sing, produce, etc.).
Ya know people (talking to the elitist celebrities here), just because we like the way you carry a tune, or the way you can act like you are concerned or scared on screen, DOESN'T mean that we care, AT ALL, what you think about anything. Except maybe what it was like to be married to Madonna, or if you really were an "A" hole on the set of the Star Trek movie you were in.

Now some of you may be thinking, "But Ken, some of these people are personally affected by this, shouldn't they be able to express their position?"
You may be surprised to find that I agree with that. EXCEPT!
I don't think they have the right to use their position in society to grand stand. This is why I boycott anyone who uses their talents and/or celebrity to try to convince their fans to support their point of view. Unless their "act" is political commentator (of any kind) I don't care what they think.
Unfortunately, they lose their right to speak up on topics that personally concern them when they waste their influence by speaking up on EVERYTHING, from CFCs in the air to offshore drilling to the educational value of watching Spongebob Squarepants.
I think, if they aren't doing what I pay them for, then they aren't going to be supported by me.

Here is a list of the "stars" that were mentioned in the linked article above:
Wanda Sykes, Rose McGowen, Lance Bass, Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Samantha Ronson, Melissa Etheridge, James Cromwell, Patricia Clarkson, Anjelica Huston, Sean Penn, Madonna and Christina Aguilera.
Granted, not all of these people are ranting in their acts or on their shows about this stuff (most are) and they are only attending demonstrations, but they are lending their celebrity to this cause by being at the demonstrations and that is an abuse I do not support.

I'm hoping to get my faithful readers to take up this cause with me. I would love to see a movement form where a noticeable amount of people start boycotting these "celebritards" when they act this way.
It almost worked with the Dixie Chicks. Many years ago they were boycotted for a short period of time because of comments they made about President Bush. The boycott and backlash started to work, they even issued an apology, but when the pressure let up and they saw that there were no lasting repercussions for their actions, they came back even worse than before.

The problem is, most Americans are too busy just living their lives to worry about what these people are saying. So when it comes time to turn on the radio or the TV, or when they want to see a concert or a movie, they don't check to see if the people they are paying their hard earned money to are raving lunatics. Actually, that is probably the more healthy way to live your life... but this is MY soapbox, so step off... :-)

I, for one, am keeping track of these celebrities, and I do not and will not support ANYTHING they work in, on, or for, if they insist on getting in my face. One reason for starting this Blog was to help myself keep track of these nutty people, 'cause there are lots of 'em out there.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Go Ahead And Move Already.

Celebrities are funny. I just read an artice from the Sydney Morning Herald entitled "Defeat fears put Hollywood on edge". I also found this blip in The New York Post that echos some of the same sentiment.

In the SMH article it describes the various Hollywood elitists that are worrying themselves sick (literally) about the possibility that BHO might not win the election. Both articles talk about, and it would not be a Presidential election without, someone threatening to move out of the U.S. if their choice for President didn't win.
This time it is Susan Sarandon. The articles goes on to tell about how Barbra Streisand, Alec Baldwin, Eddie Vedder and Robert Redford have all promised us such things in the past, only to disappoint us by not fulfilling the threat when their demands were not met.

My question to those that issue such threats is, why do you think we care about where you choose to live? I would much rather you promise/threaten to never entertain us again,(not to say any of the aforementioned have ever entertained me in the past... well maybe Alec Baldwin) now THAT would be a reason to NOT vote for The Chosen One.