Norman Mailer Says, “Hey Stupid America! You’re Dumb! Come On Over To Our Side!”
"Every night, Karl Rove prays that 52% of America stays stupid! grrrrrowwwwwumph!! Are we on? uuuuuuuuu uuhhhhhomph!!" Norman Mailer said while battling serious phlegm at a New York Society for Ethical Culture forum on March 2nd. Mailer and the guy who played Dylan from “90210” (pictured together,) have been running from network to network to promote a book they wrote together entitled, “The Big Empty: Dialogues on Politics, Sex, God, Boxing, Morality, Myth, Poker and Bad Conscience in America”. "It makes Americans feel good Owwwwwumph!! to fly a flag whenever something uuuuuuuuuhhmmmph bad happens.” “Democracy is not something you inject into a sick country and make it well. Uuuuuhhhhhhhooooumph!! Wow! Does anyone have a tissue handy?” He stated regarding the Bush administration's decision to democratize Iraq.
Mailer then ran to the Leonard Lopate show addressing what he termed the "dissonance and ill-humor" that exists in America now, "50 years ago we on the left used to laugh and laugh and we were so happy -uuuuuuwaaaahumph!! Jeez! [at] how stupid the opposition was and we laughed. And we’re still laughing." One reason for that prevalent dissonant feeling in America? "The greediness and emptiness of the corporations – the emptiness and the lack of moral ethos in the administration," said Mailer who has been married six times, and stabbed his second wife Adele Morales with a penknife at a party for not bringing him a martini quickly enough.
But the topic wasn’t all politics on the Lopate show. The Octogenarian was candid about what it sometimes feels like to be elderly and disoriented, “You drop us from an airplane and we don’t’ know if we’re in Cincinnati or Omaha, – and we used to.”
Norman Mailer first gained notoriety for being one of thousands who banged Marilyn Monroe in the 1950’s and has been a longtime activist for social justice. Always on the right side of the issues, his activism led to the parole of convicted killer Jack Abbott in 1980 who murdered someone approximately ten minutes after being released, was convicted again, and returned to prison. Mr. Mailer is author of the books, "The Executioner's Song" and "The Naked and The Dead" among many others of note, mostly written in the 1970's or earlier.