I don’t remember Hollywood making a statement of such clarity about al Qaeda, but never mind. Let’s find the positive where we can:
Yesterday, a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times by an A-list of actors denounced the killing of innocents in Lebanon and Israel. They laid the blame exactly where it belongs.
La-la luminaries Nicole Kidman, Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito, Dennis Hopper, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Don Johnson, James Woods, Kelly Preston, Patricia Heaton of “Everyone Loves Raymond,” William Hurt and 73 others said they are “pained and devastated by the civilian casualties in Israel and Lebanon caused by terrorist actions initiated by terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas.”
The amount of logic and empathy on display, the willingness to break from prevailing views that Israel’s act of self-defense was “disproportionate” and that Hezbollah should be allowed to fire from within civilian populations, is astonishing.
Indeed it is.
Update: About the whole “shut up and sing” thing. I didn’t write that book. We always laud Dennis Miller’s outspokenness on terrorism and the Hollywood left. I’ve always liked the fact that Jimmy Stewart was an Air Force Reserve pilot who flew dozens of combat missions and supported the military his entire life. I like that leftists like Frank Capra and Theodore Geisel made films supporting World War II. I like that Jamie Farr (yeah, Klinger on MASH) was in the same Air Force unit I was in, several decades apart. I like that however batty Tom Hanks might be, he at least gets World War II and the Apollo landings. I like that Ron Silver has been speaking out for years about 9-11 and al Qaeda even though most of Hollywood ignores him. James Woods is another Hollywood patriot. It’s always wise to be cynical when Hollywood types say anything about politics or world affairs. But on the other hand, when they manage to get one right, it’s worth noting.
When a gaggle of Hollywood types get something right, it’s real news, actually, whatever we may think of their motives and whatnot.