Divisive rhetoric has become almost second nature to many of today’s celebrities. Their Trump hysteria infects the country’s pop culture on a daily basis.
Level-headed debate and rational thinking have been thrown to the wind by many polarizing public figures who cannot stand that America chose to put someone in the Oval Office whom they did not personally approve of and endorse.
Welcome to the 11th weekly roundup by LifeZette of Hollywood ridiculousness.
However — celebrities aren’t the only ones with cultural voices. Welcome to the 11th weekly roundup by LifeZette of Hollywood ridiculousness.
Judd Apatow put on a comedy set at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles over the weekend, in which he took on both first lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump’s youngest son, 10-year-old Barron.
Apatow joked that Melania Trump was staying away from the White House intentionally due to her husband’s previous comments about women. “Wouldn’t you stay away?” he asked.
He also worked Barron Trump into his set — a young man who has been ridiculed and publicly bullied by comedians like Rosie O’Donnell and former “Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich.
“You ever see the look on his face when Trump’s talking? People are like, ‘Is there something wrong with him?’ No! He knows his dad’s a f***ing asshole!”
The worst part of the set was when Apatow compared the election of Donald Trump to “rape.”
“When Trump was first elected, it felt like we were about to be raped,” the “Knocked Up” director said. “But we weren’t sure how bad it would be. And now that it’s a month in, it feels like now we’re just wondering if we’re going to get murdered.”
It’s always a little strange to comment on a comedy set — as comedy and satire are always so subjective. However, there is no doubt Apatow’s set was mean-spirited and that it played to an extreme leftist audience.
If a comedian had made these same jokes at the expense of Michelle Obama or Barack Obama’s daughters, there would be outrage. Throw on top of that a comedian making light of rape — and there would be some serious consequences and media attention. Yet when the Trumps are the subject of such outrageousness — it’s just accepted. That’s the biggest outrage of all.
George Clooney called President Trump and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon the real “Hollywood elitists.”
Speaking to Canal Plus, a French news outlet, the actor said, “When Meryl [Streep] spoke, everyone on that one side said, ‘Well, that’s elitist Hollywood speaking.”
He added that Trump “collects $120,000 a year from his Screen Actors Guild pension fund. He is a Hollywood elitist.” Clooney also called Bannon a “failed film writer and director.” He continued, “He made a lot of money off of ‘Seinfeld.’ He’s elitist Hollywood. I mean, that’s the reality.”
Clooney calling people “Hollywood elitists” is rich irony; but what’s worse about Clooney’s comments is that they are harsher than things he said in January about Donald Trump.
The “Ocean’s Eleven” actor told the Associated Press back then that he hoped Donald Trump would “do a decent job.” “We have to hope that he can do a decent job, because when the president of the United States fails, really terrible things happen,” said Clooney. It seems when he was in France — it was a whole new ballgame as far as rhetoric was concerned.
Clooney’s comments are also strange in that they seem to miss the point many were making when criticizing public figures like Meryl Streep for exploiting public stages for political gains. Having opinions is great and sharing those opinions is even better. After all, this is America and we have an unparalleled right to free speech.
The problem is that people like Streep are forcing politics into every nook and cranny of the culture. “Hollywood elitists” are preaching rather than starting conversations. They are demonizing those who disagree with them and refusing to have the level heads that are typically required in art. And as far as Hollywood elitists go, Clooney hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election — during which a spot at the event cost upwards of $30,000.
Lindsay Lohan was once a beloved actress who turned into an A-list star with films like “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday.” After unflattering headlines forced her movie career to fall off the map, she has now found a new way to make headlines.
Lohan claimed in an interview with “Good Morning Britain” that she was “racially profiled” at an airport for wearing an Islamic headscarf. “When I was flying to New York recently, I was wearing a headscarf and I got stopped at the airport and racially profiled for the first time in my life, at Heathrow Airport,” said Lohan.
The actress continued, “She [the clerk] opened my passport and saw ‘Lindsay Lohan’ and started immediately apologizing, but then said, ‘Please take off your head scarf.'”
She added, “But what scared me at that moment was, how would another woman who doesn’t feel comfortable taking off her headscarf feel? That was really interesting to me.” Lohan called the experience “jarring” and said she felt “scared.”
It’s hard to not be skeptical of Lohan’s new interest in Islam. Is this just a way to get headlines? Is it just an excuse for one more celebrity to preach to the rest of us about intolerance? Time will tell — but so far it’s not looking too good.
And now, to wrap things up … we end on the positive note, which is always required after crawling our way through the pop culture sludge. The highlight this week goes not to one person, but to a television series – “Supergirl.” The series deserves praise not for its content — this writer has only seen two episodes — but for its casting decisions. The show already reserves a recurring role for openly conservative actor Dean Cain, and it also recently announced an upcoming guest spot for fellow conservative actor Kevin Sorbo.
The casting of two right-leaning actors is not, however, all the show deserves praise for. It hasn’t caved to pressure in an industry that is loaded to the Left and often discriminatory toward anyone with politics opposed to the elite of Tinseltown. For instance, the casting of “Hercules” actor Kevin Sorbo has already earned protests from feminists.
Writing for The Mary Sue, Keisha Hatchett said of Sorbo’s casting, “This is the same guy who went on a lovely Facebook rant where he called Ferguson protesters ‘animals.'” She also criticized Sorbo for an “anti-Hillary Clinton tirade.”
“Supergirl” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg remains unfazed by those who protest the show’s casting. “Since his days as ‘Hercules,’ Kevin Sorbo has brought such a strong presence to the screen and we couldn’t be more excited to have him join us on ‘Supergirl,'” he said, according to Vulture.
Whatever content “Supergirl” produces, it deserves credit for its apolitical casting. It gives the job to the best person, which is unfortunately not always the case — as we know from many firsthand accounts from Hollywood conservatives fighting industry bias.