A True American Hero is Proud to be Out of Touch
The Cloonster knows this. It's not that they can't buy a villa in Lake Como, it's that they refuse to.
"We're the ones who talked about AIDS when it was just being whispered, And we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular. This academy — this group of people — gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I'm proud to be a part of this academy, proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch."
Forward thinking Hollywood not only gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar, but they cast her in a role that broke from African American stereotypes of the time. She was first cast as Scarlett O'Hara but was re-cast as Scarlett's chief council, "Mammy" after Hattie's own insistence. They re-wrote the dialogue so that "Mammy" wouldn't sound like an hysterical minstral-show reject, "It ain't fittin!.. It ain't fittin'! It jes ain't fittin'!" was the new, more sophisticated Hollywood dialogue written just for Ms. McDaniel.
When Southern Seperatist Democrats were firehosing and sicking dogs on peaceful civil rights demonstrators there was Elizabeth Taylor, Sandra Dee and nearly every other "star" of the time right there on the front lines getting attacked. When Bobby Kennedy issued the order to wiretap Dr. Martin Luther King, you can bet that Rosey Clooney threatened that she would no longer provide oral sex for the Attorney General if he continued to bug Dr. King.
Remember when Rock Hudson came out? And when he bravely announced to the world, "I have AIDS" and how Hollywood rallied behind him by not refusing to kiss or do love scenes with him on "Dynasty"? Then the next year, (1985) they made "Philadelphia" at a time when people were only whispering the word, "AIDS".
Remember how Harry Hamlin's movie career took off after his role as Bart McGuire (a gay man) in "Making Love"? He now commands nearly $10 million dollars for starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters.
You would never see a Hollywood actress pose in a magazine that touts itself as "A Magazine for Men," such as Playboy. And you will never see Hollywood promote breast implants, plastic surgery, botox or face lifts because - unlike corporate America - women in Hollywood have long-range careers and are valued regardless of the way they look or their age.
And remember all of the telethons and fund raisers put on by Hollywood? They did it just to raise money. They would have preferred to have just written checks - without the need for self-aggrandizing publicity. That embarrasses Hollywood - because Hollywood is anything but self-aggrandizing.
I hate to tell you, but Mr. Clooney is right, and as Dick Dreyfus pointed out - he's a hero to say so.
The parenthesis of this country is empty... void of any intelligence, culture, gentility, villas in Italy. And he should know; he's so intelligent that he only needed a partial year at the University of Kentucky to develop the boundless wit and knowledge of cultural history with which he has been naturally endowed.