He was very lonely and extremely depressed about his struggling career.
JONATHAN BRANDIS : 1976 – 2003
( Ben Shapiro covers the incestuous relationship between entertainers and the Democratic Party. )
It is easy to mock THE ACADEMY AWARDS as an exercise in self-aggrandizement and decadent stupidity. It is easy to dismiss it as an increasingly irrelevant awards ceremony run by Radical Leftists.
It is easy to ignore it. That would be an enormous mistake.
Silly political statements are a hallmark of the Oscars. Sacheen Littlefeather, a.k.a. Marie Cruz, refused an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando in 1973. Vanessa Redgrave proclaimed that her pro-Palestinian viewpoint was threatened by “Zionist hoodlums” after winning an Oscar in 1978. Oliver Stone ripped the Vietnam War after winning an Oscar for “Platoon” in 1987. And that’s only scratching the surface.
In the past, this twittering could be written off as SIMPLE-MINDED HOLLYWOODITES INDULGING THEIR EGOS. The problem is this : While EMPTY-HEADED LINE-READERS WITH SOCIALIST POLITICAL LEANINGS used to be out of the mainstream, they are now OPEN PUBLIC RELATIONS FLUNKIES OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. They provide President Obama with CULTURAL COVER. And in return, Obama BANKROLLS and LEGITIMIZES them.
On Sunday night, Sean Penn utilized his “Milk” win to lecture Prop. 8 supporters. Traditional marriage voters should “sit down and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes,” Penn spat. Strangely, Penn praised then anti-gay marriage advocate Obama – “an elegant man”. When questioned about this apparent contradiction, Penn was circumspect. Obama, he said, was busy trying to stop wars and help the economy. “Those two emergencies need to be taken care of without me making too much comment about how we approach civil rights,” blabbed Penn demonstrating the courage of his convictions. It’s one thing to attack anti-gay marriage Mormons. It’s another to ask a liberal president to stand up for gay rights.
Penn’s decision not to “speak truth to power” is a calculated one. When he once called Obama’s voting record “phenomenally inhuman and unconstitutional”, he now refuses to undercut Obama. That couldn’t have anything to do with the Democratic Party’s consistent support subsidies to Hollywood, could it? It couldn’t have anything to do with a $ 470 million tax break for Hollywood producers drafted by Democrats and signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 3, 2008, could it? Or the proposed $ 246 million tax break for Hollywood producers originally shoehorned into the stimulus package by Democrats ( and later cut by Republicans )?
Penn’s hypocrisy couldn’t have anything to do with the Obama administration’s legitimization of actor/politicians like GEORGE CLOONEY, who just this week met with both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to advise them on the situation in Darfur. Clooney, you might remember, made a Penn-like speech at the 2006 Oscars, in which he bragged about Hollywood’s social record. “We’re the ones who talked about AIDS when it was just being whispered and we talked about civil rights when it wasn’t really popular. I’m proud to be a part of the academy. Proud to be part of this community. And proud to be out of touch.” Now Clooney is in touch with the White House.
Penn’s defense of the Democratic Party couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that AMERICA NOW FACES THE CLEAR PROSPECT OF AN EISENHOWERESQUE GOVERNMENT / HOLLYWOOD COMPLEX. Liberal politicians win Oscars and Emmys. Liberal actors get senatorial seats. Hollywood producers get taxpayer cash.
Al Franken and former Vice President Al Gore are PART OF THE SAME ORGANISM. President Barack Obama and George Clooney RUN IN THE SAME CIRCLES – and Obama seeks Clooney’s advice on matters ranging from Sudan to the Middle East crisis.
THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH THE INCESTUOUS RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY isn’t their mutual back scratching. IT IS THE POWER OF HOLLYWOOD IMAGERY COMBINED WITH A PARTICULAR POLITICAL AGENDA.
HOLLYWOOD has put itself on World War II wartime footing – only this time, THEY’RE FIGHTING A WAR AGAINST CONSERVATIVES. They destroyed Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. NOW THEY’RE AIMING AT THE REST OF THE OBAMA OPPONENTS.
NO DISSENT WILL BE TOLERATED. NO CRITICISM WILL BE BROOKED. Even Sean Penn must shut his mouth when it comes to Obama.
The scary part of the Academy Awards, then, wasn’t Sean Penn’s statements about gay marriage. After all, it’s difficult to take Penn seriously on marital solidity when his first wife was Madonna. THE SCARY PART OF THE ACADEMY AWARDS WAS THAT IT, LIKE ALL OTHER HOLLYWOOD PRODUCTS, HAS BECOME A CAMPAIGN AD FOR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.
It’s no coincidence that Beyonce sang “At Last” at both the Oscars and the Obama Inauguration. TO HOLLYWOOD, THEY ARE TWO PARTS OF THE SAME POLITICAL-CULTURAL WHOLE.
( “Sean Penn And The Hollywood / Government Complex” by Benjamin Shapiro, World Net Daily : February 25, 2009 )
On Sunday night at the Kodak Theater, where Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama debated each other in front of the same prideful crowd a year earlier, the political left convened to celebrate its progressive political agenda.
THE OSCARS COMMUNICATE POST-MODERN, POST-AMERICAN LIBERAL VALUES more effectively than elected Democratic officials themselves. The liberal establishment understands this and uses the glamorous Hollywood elite and its incessant stream of left-leaning products and promotional vehicles as its proxy messengers.
The movie stars and the powerful creative minds congratulating each other Sunday night wield a greater role in shaping the political landscape than Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid combined. Maxine Waters, Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd and William Jefferson Clinton possess less power to sway the minds of the electorate than Brad Pitt, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Kate Winslet and even the late Heath Ledger ( James Dean continues to sway the public imagination ).
Yet the public relations protection received by elected Democratic officials from the Hollywood media collective – who incessantly mock traditional American values and attack by name their Republican counterparts – allows for the corrupt and the contemptible to pull the lever in perpetuity for any cause the Hollywood elite holds dear.
UNCHECKED, BIG HOLLYWOOD’S LOBBYING POWER ONLY CONTINUES TO GROW. Mr. Obama has David Geffen and Oprah Winfrey to thank for his presidency. Ask Hillary.
IF “THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE”, as Marshall McLuhan formulated 45 years ago in “Understanding Media : The Extensions Of Man”, THEN HOLLYWOOD-STYLE LIBERALISM IS AMERICA’S CURRENT AND FUTURE MESSAGE.
Conservatives have no one to blame but themselves for not investing their collective efforts in the pop cultural and the greater media experience.
ART, MUSIC, FILM AND NEW MEDIA MUST BE AT THE CENTER OF A REBORN CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT.
Hollywood should not be simply ignored, reviled and condemned by detached individuals, talk radio and elected officials caught in her crosshairs but taken head-on.
There are thousands of creative and business minds toiling in anonymity within Hollywood who want the conservative movement to bring them aid, cover, money and a mission to finally take on a generation of one-party creative rule.
THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT NEEDS TO THINK IN REVOLUTIONARY TERMS. AND THE REVOLUTION MUST BEGIN IN HOLLYWOOD.
( “And Now For Something Completely Different, Please” by Andrew Breitbart, The Washington Times : February 23, 2009 )
Basically, THE TRUTH IS THAT HOLLYWOOD DOES NOT THINK OF ITSELF AS PART OF AMERICA. And so, to Hollywood the war to save freedom from Islamic terrorists is happening to someone else. It does not concern them except insofar as it offers occasion to mock or criticize George W. Bush. They live in dreamland and cannot be gracious enough to thank the men and women who pay with their lives for the stars’ ability to live in dreamland. This is SHAMEFUL.
The idea that it is brave to stand up for gays in Hollywood, to stand up against McCarthy in Hollywood ( fifty years after his death ), to say that rich white people are bad, that oil companies are evil – this is nonsense. All of these are mainstream ideas in Hollywood, always have been, always will be. For the people who make movies denouncing Big Oil, worshiping gays, mocking the rich to think of themselves as brave — this is PATHETIC, CHILDISH NARCISSISM.
THE BRAVE GUY IN HOLLYWOOD WILL BE THE ONE WHO SAYS THAT THIS IS A FABULOUSLY GREAT COUNTRY WHERE WE TREAT GAYS, BLACKS AND EVERYONE ELSE AS EQUAL.
THE COURAGEOUS WRITER IN HOLLYWOOD WILL BE THE ONE WHO SAYS THAT OIL COMPANIES DO THEIR BEST IN A VERY HOSTILE WORLD TO BRING US ENERGY CHEAPLY AND EFFICIENTLY AND WITH A MINIMUM OF CORRUPTION.
THE PRODUCER WHO REALLY HAS GUTS WILL BE THE ONE WHO SAYS THAT WALL STREET, DESPITE ITS FLAWS, HAS DONE THE BEST JOB OF DEMOCRATIZING WEALTH EVER IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND.
HOLLYWOOD is above all about Self : SELF-CONGRATULATION, SELF-PROMOTION and SELF-PROTECTION. This is human and basic but let’s not kid ourselves.
THERE IS NO GREATNESS THERE IN THE KODAK THEATER.
THE GREATNESS IS ON PATROL IN KIRKUK.
THE GREATNESS LIES UNABLE TO SLEEP WORRYING ABOUT HER MAN IN MOSUL.
THE GREATNESS SLEEPS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY AND LIES WAITING FOR DEATH IN VA HOSPITALS.
God help us that we have sunk so low as to confuse foolish and petty boasting with the real courage that keeps this nation and the many fools in it alive and flourishing on national TV.
( “Missed Tributes” by Ben Stein, The American Spectator : March 6, 2006 )