Thursday, April 28, 2005

On Falling Stars

Tom writes in to further mine the public policy ruminations of Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson.

Hey SP - This was almost too easy given your recent mention of Kevin Richardson. If you read the entire article from the AP hyperlink, seems our good man Kevin had some rather "enlightened" things to say about the U.S. not more than 24 hours after we were attacked:

Most notoriously, on Sept 12, 2001, Richardson said the previous day's terrorist attacks should serve as a wake-up call to Americans that some of its policies were resented abroad. "I just think we are a little bit of an arrogant nation and maybe this is a little bit of a humbling experience," he said in a television interview.

Not to be outdone, yesterday Maggie Gyllenhaal offered her best Kevin Richardson impersonation (well, o.k. she's slightly less hairy than Kevin and has brownish hair instead of black, but otherwise they're practically indistinguishable from one another):

The actress, whose post-9-11-themed feature, The Great New Wonderful, just debuted at New York's Tribeca Film Festival, said in an interview last week with Manhattan cable channel NY1 that the United States is "responsible in some way" for the attacks.

"Because I think America has done reprehensible things and is responsible in some way and so I think the delicacy with which it's dealt allows that to sort of creep in," she said.

For priding themselves on being so culturally advanced and aware of what's going on around the globe, it's truly remarkable how today's actors/actresses have such an infantile and warped understanding of the world's most important events. How did Tinseltown become so virulently Blame-America-First in its attitude, especially during wartime?

It wasn't always this way. The leading actors (as opposed to little known bits like Maggie Gyllenhaal) of, say, the WWII era staked their reputations on being publicly pro-American, patriotic defenders (literally) of America. Compare the Gyllenhaals and Richardsons of today to the Jimmy Stewarts and Glenn Millers of yesteryear. It's quite a dismal comparison by any measure.