Monday, August 25, 2008
I Have Respect for Laura Croft?
She stole another woman’s husband, she made out with her brother, she cut herself with knives, she hung a vial of her husband’s blood around her neck, Angelina Jolie was borderline commitable and now, I’m starting to like her.
Adopt few African babies and become a UN ambassador is all it takes for America to forget that you were a B list looney toon actress, and after stealing Brad Pitt she propelled into stardom. I still thought the woman was crazy- ridiculously good looking yes, but crazy.
Then came her piece in the Washington Post and I was refreshed, enlightened and I started to LIKE Angelina Jolie. Could it be that Mrs. Smith has depth? She had an opinion that was not popular, it was not Hollywood, it was her own.
Hollywood lining up to back Barack Obama (and since when did we start to value an actor’s political opinion? They aren’t great political scientists, they don’t have volumes of education, they don’t spend their days making the world a better place, they ACT!) Jolie hasn’t thrown in her 10 cents yet. I respect that. She apparently doesn’t jump on a band wagon- and now I admire her.
I saw a video of John Mayer talking about Ron Paul, and suddenly I started to like him too. I still can’t listen to his music (Seriously, You’re body is a wonderland. What a terrible song! Now, your personality is a wonderland I could seriously get into) but I don’t despise the man.
I saw Pennon Glen Beck (I love Glenn Beck) and was pleasantly surprised that this entrenched in Hollywood atheist would be so clear thinking. I saw a video he had done a few years back and now I really like this libertarian.
In Hollywood it’s easy to pick a candidate- they just find the candidate they think is the most ‘enlightened’ and support them- you can afford to support enlightened candidates when you’re rich. When you're rich you don't really have to pay attention to the details, it's not like you're not going to be able to feed your kids. When you’re one of the little people working the 9-5 you start to have to look at things like experience, how much their plans are going to cost you, and when these new eco-friendly ideas will become affordable for the masses.
Hollywood still is full of basic human greed- if it affects their lifestyle they’ll have none of it example: Bleeding Heart Susan Surandon not wanting a hospital in her neighborhood to expand because it would ‘compromise the neighborhood’ (in other words- help the needy in someone else’s back yard) But when you're uber rich, very little is going to change the way you live life so you can afford to jump on the bandwagon of enlightement.
Which brings me back to Angelina Jolie- She is indeed her own person, I may not like her movies, and she may have been crazy as hell at one point in her life- but I guess it takes a bit of crazy to hold an original and unpopular opinion in Hollywood.