Hol­ly­wood ver­sus a ‘fas­cist’ elec­tion

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - OPINION -

Crit­ics of the Hol­ly­wood left chuck­led when Hil­lary Clin­ton lost the elec­tion. Those dra­matic videos full of celebrity ar­dor for the Clin­tons flopped. Rarely has there been a more pro­nounced dis­con­nect. It turned to belly laughs when those celebri­ties re­sponded by mak­ing more videos.

First, the celebrity left­ists made a video urg­ing the Elec­toral Col­lege to ac­tu­ally re­ject the elec­tion re­sults. When it dawned on them (Has it dawned on them?) that Amer­ica wasn’t go­ing to re­verse it­self be­cause they said so, they gave that up.

Now they want to de­rail Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, so out came a celebrity video pro­mot­ing MoveOn that was full of pompous celebs urg­ing Congress to re­ject Trump’s Cab­i­net nom­i­nees. They an­nounced: “The ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans, re­gard­less of who they voted for, did not vote for racism, for sex­ism or for xeno­pho­bia. And yet Don­ald Trump won.” Only in La-La Land does that in­co­her­ence make sense.

But the ad that takes the celebrity cake ap­peared in the Jan. 11 edi­tion of the Wash­ing­ton Post. Page A-5 car­ried a full-page ad­ver­tise­ment. Writ­ten large on the top half were the words: “No! In the name of hu­man­ity, we refuse to ac­cept a fas­cist Amer­ica!” We think they’re up­set. “The pres­i­dency of Don­ald Trump is il­le­git­i­mate,” reads a bold-let­tered sub­head­ing. The ad con­tin­ues: “By any def­i­ni­tion, Don­ald Trump is a fas­cist. He has put to­gether a regime who will carry out this pro­gram, and worse.”

It even dis­penses with the ac­tual vot­ers, say­ing: “No elec­tion, whether fair or fraud­u­lent, should le­git­imize this. ‘Reach­ing across the aisle’ only le­git­imizes that which is il­le­git­i­mate.” How ironic that this di­a­tribe ran on the very same day that the Post hailed Pres­i­dent Obama’s farewell ad­dress for iden­ti­fy­ing “gath­er­ing threats to Amer­i­can democ­racy.”

Their pompous call to ac­tion reads like the anti-Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. “We, the un­der­signed, know in the depths of our be­ings, the catas­tro­phe that will be­fall the peo­ple of the world should the Trump/ Pence regime as­sume full power,” it says. They in­sist the elec­tion should be thrown out be­cause the Elec­toral Col­lege is “an in­sti­tu­tion set up in 1787 to pro­tect slav­ery.”

The ac­tors who signed this ap­peal for a coup in­cluded Ed As­ner, Mar­garet Cho, De­bra Mess­ing, Rosie O’Don­nell, Michael Shan­non and David Strathairn.

Shan­non plays vil­lains in the movies ... and in real life. He said: “There’s a lot of old peo­ple who need to re­al­ize they’ve had a nice life, and it’s time for them to move on. ... If you look at the young peo­ple, be­tween 18 and 25, if it was up to them Hil­lary would have been pres­i­dent. No of­fense to the se­niors out there. My mom’s a se­nior cit­i­zen. But if you’re voting for Trump, it’s time for the urn.” En­ter­tain­ment Weekly praised him as “a pa­tron saint of grumpi­ness and grief.”

There were plenty more celebrity ac­tivists on this list. There were the Hol­ly­wood di­rec­tors Joe Dante and John Lan­dis. There were the far-left rebels of the mu­sic world, rap­pers Chuck D and Vic Mensa; and jazz mu­si­cians Kurt Elling, Lalah Hath­away and Ar­turo O’Far­rill. And there were al­ter­na­tive rock­ers Alex Ebert of the band “Ed­ward Sharpe and the Mag­netic Zeroes,” Mer­rill Gar­bus of “tUnE-yArDs” and Thurston Moore of “Sonic Youth.”

The sig­na­to­ries also in­clude lead­ers of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Com­mu­nist Party, USA, which is com­mit­ted to a global rev­o­lu­tion. (So much for op­pos­ing Trump’s pend­ing dic­ta­tor­ship.) This party’s con­sti­tu­tion re­jects democ­racy. It says, “In a world marked by pro­found class divi­sions and so­cial in­equal­ity, to talk about ‘democ­racy’ — with­out talk­ing about the class na­ture of that democ­racy and which class it serves — is mean­ing­less, and worse.”

Based on the copy of this ad, it’s fair to sur­mise the sig­na­to­ries feel very much at home with that sen­ti­ment.

The Hol­ly­wood left is too en­riched to be com­mu­nist. “Pam­pered mul­ti­mil­lion­aires of Hol­ly­wood, unite!” It has a cer­tain ring.

L. Brent Bozell

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