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But they do. Take, for example, Sophia Bush. Ms. Bush is the star of One Tree Hill on the CW, where she spent approximately two decades playing a high schooler. When Ms. Bush stated that she would consider leaving the United States if any of the current Republican candidates became president, I tweeted, “If Sophia Bush left US, America’s average hotness would decline by 0.00001%. Our average IQ would rise by 3.67%.” Instead of letting the joke roll off her back, Bush quickly tweeted back, “@benshapiro too scared to tag me on that tweet? Classy. I was meeting with Tina Tchen at the White house two months ago. You? #GrowUp.” How seriously do you have to take yourself to respond to a drive-by tweeting with a reference to visiting the White House? I did respond to her, of course, by pointing out that visiting the White House does not make you intelligent, just as having dinner with Stephen Hawking does not make you a physicist. I’m not sure Sophia got it.
Celebrities here feel it necessary to mouth off on topics on which they are not just ill-informed, but outright ignorant. When George Clooney pronounces his views of the Middle East conflict (and gives policy advice to President Obama), he’s making a fool of himself everywhere but in Hollywood, where his passing knowledge of the situation makes him a Krauthammer-like expert – or at least makes him feel like one.
Many in Hollywood see themselves as philosopher kings, artists worthy of the greatest respect even when speaking about things they know little about. I wouldn’t presume to tell George Clooney how to act (although I’m not a fan); he shouldn’t presume to tell the president of the United States how to handle Iran. This seems like a fair deal.
But not to the Hollywood left. They want to be ignorant and well-respected at the same time. That’s why they ignore their own hypocrisy. My friend Jason Mattera of Human Events has a new book coming out shortly, titled Hollywood Hypocrites; in it, he lays out a full-blown case demonstrating that many of Hollywood’s biggest wigs are happy to live high on the hog while telling everyone else that the hog ought to be redistributed.
The same holds true with regard to humor. Hollywood wants to thumb its nose at convention, but it doesn’t want to offend any of its friends. That’s why it balked at Baron Cohen coming dressed as an anti-Semitic dictator. And that’s why it’s losing the American public.
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