It can be a difficult task keeping up with the foolishness and hypocrisy that travels from the Hollywood elites out into the wider world, in the form of political preaching and cultural fear-mongering.
Here’s a roundup of the most recent and the most outrageous, from pop culture influencers with a voice, a message, and the will to spread their messages as far and wide as they can.
Lisa Edelstein, best known for television’s “House,” couldn’t help herself from using the unfortunate passing of “Growing Pains” star Alan Thicke this week to take a shot at President-Elect Donald Trump.
The actress tweeted out after Thicke’s passing, “RIP Alan Thicke. Seems like everyone is checking out before the Trumpacolypse.”
That’s what we call #noshame.
Michael Moore, who should have no credibility after remaining silent throughout President Obama’s two terms in office, is now reducing himself to blatant fear-mongering. The filmmaker posted a personal essay to his Facebook page this week entitled, “Donald Trump is Gonna Get Us Killed.”
Moore’s main Trump criticism of the day was about the president-elect’s revelation that he doesn’t attend intelligence briefings on a daily basis. On “Fox News Sunday,” Trump told Chris Wallace regarding intelligence briefings, “I get it when I need it.”
After comparing Trump to former President George W. Bush, of whom Trump has been a harsh critic, Moore wrote, “It’s one thing to have a president who was asleep at the wheel. But, my friends, it’s a whole other thing to now have a president-elect who REFUSES TO EVEN GET BEHIND THE WHEEL!”
Moore has kicked himself back into career overdrive ever since Trump became the Republican nominee for president. While the filmmaker ignored much of Obama’s actions, which went directly against things Moore had previously believed in and fought for, he has been a round-the-clock critic of Trump, even saying he was going to “disrupt” the Jan. 20 inauguration. It should be noted that Moore likely has no real fear of Trump. His fear-mongering and headline-grabbing quotes are simply a way to reinvigorate a career he purposefully put on ice while a Democrat was in office — although that Democrat fulfilled almost zero campaign promises.
Chelsea Handler jumped on the bandwagon this week of celebrity women who shame females who dared to vote differently than they did. After Madonna explained away women voting for Trump as “women hate women,” Handler penned an essay for Thrive Global in which she said, “One of the saddest things about November 8 were the women of America who somehow managed to vote for Donald Trump, specifically the 53 percent of all white female voters who chose Mr. Trump.”
Handler also shamed third-party voters in her essay and called the United States, “the United States of Russia.”
“America is a free country, and we are free to differ on public policy,” she wrote, “but what kind of a woman votes for a white, entitled rich guy who has spent his entire life working the system for excess personal profit while insatiably groping strange women for personal pleasure while Hillary Clinton — arguably the most qualified presidential candidate in modern American history — was standing right there in her pleated pantsuit waiting to lift America up out of its 240-year ‘winning streak’ of male dominance and patriarchy?”
In a truly bizarre turn, Handler ended her essay by trying to call for women to come together, rather than be driven apart — which seemed to be the goal of the rest of the political essay. “We need to rise up and use our votes to ourselves, and to stop hurting ourselves.” So, in sum, she tried to shame the voters who disagreed with her, then polished off her essay as if to send a positive message to all women. That’s a cold, hard example of hypocrisy.
Celebrities bemoan what they say was a “rigged” election, then try to rig it themselves.
Martin Sheen, Debra Messing, and others are begging Electoral College voters to go against the way their states voted in order to prevent Donald Trump from entering the Oval Office.
Think of it: First, they claimed the election was rigged because the Electoral College was a faulty system — something not on Democrats’ minds until Hillary Clinton lost. Then, it was a simple math error, and Jill Stein was the one to set things right. And after that, it was an entire conspiracy theory about Russians hacking the election and morphing Clinton into an awful candidate.
Finally, celebrities have thrown away arguments about an unfair election and embraced the idea of rigging the proceedings themselves. In the public service announcement released Wednesday, Sheen and other celebs want Electoral College voters to buck their states’ votes for Trump in order to prevent him from exceeding the 270 electoral votes needed for the presidency — which he already won.
“As you know, our Founding Fathers built the Electoral College to safeguard the American people from the dangers of a demagogue, and to ensure that the presidency only goes to someone who is to an ’eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications,'” said Sheen at the beginning of the message, which includes other celebrities such as James Cromwell.
The message comes courtesy of the group Unite for America, whose goal is to prevent Trump from taking office. Imagine conservative celebrities creating such a fuss over a Democrat taking office. It would be called borderline treason. Celebrities bemoan what they say was a “rigged” election and then turn around and do the best they can to rig it themselves. Most laughably, the video message ends with each star facing the camera and saying the voters who do as they say and don’t vote for Trump will have earned their “respect.”
After the way many of these celebrities have behaved in the wake of an election in which a candidate they didn’t like won, that “respect” probably isn’t worth a whole lot.
Now, after all this — let’s try to end things on a positive note here.
Bryan Cranston, star of “Breaking Bad” and the upcoming “Why Him?” has always been a harsh critic of Donald Trump. Before the election, he swore to leave the country if the businessman won. He even reprised his “Bad” role as Walter White on the latest episode of “Saturday Night Live” to take shots at Trump’s Cabinet picks.
However, the actor himself has been ringing a much more positive bell regarding the approaching Trump presidency as of late. In an episode of “The Today Show” this week, Cranston sounded far different from many of his Hollywood peers about a Trump presidency.
“He was not my candidate, but he is going to be my president, and I truly hope he does an exceptionally good job,” said Cranston. “I really do, because if that is true, he has done well for the country, and that’s much more important than who I personally wanted to be president.”