Film Update: Celebs in Disgrace film scriptwriter ELizabeth Searle (aka, yours truly) will speak about the Celebs short film experience and show the Celebrities in Disgrace preview at the Boston Globe Media Matters Converence on election week, NOV. 4th & 5th…Info. on new screenings coming soon!
The upcoming Jon Stewart rally in DC is upstaging real pol.s and aiming to ‘restore sanity’ to DC– even as the Marine Corps Marathon refuses to share porto-potties with Stewart & co. I’m all for Stewart, truly America’s ‘most trusted’ name in news.
But increasingly, celeb. ‘experts’ are the most sought-after talking heads to testify before Congress.
From Angelina Jolie to Lady Gaga, speaking up for a ’cause celeb’ before Congress is the latest celebrity status symbol. Of course, star power draws the kind of media attention that fuels a movement. But how far can such celeb-based fuel really carry a cause?
Recently, Stephen Colbert ‘testified‘ before Congress on the unlikely issue of immigration; our political commentator ‘Ol’ Bill’ put in a plea for ‘No More Clowns in Congress’:
Mr. Colbert is a very funny fellow– in his usual spot on TV. And his sophisticated brand of humor (with a message) is essential to the balanced maintenance of public sanity. But it’s a total waste in the Washington circus of comic strip politics. It’s beyond the comprehension of half of them and too scary to endorse by the sellout hypocrites who go along to get along with the intimidating clown minority. Not to mention the terribly serious plight of the undocumented laborers that Colbert sought to publicly highlight. How sad.
Thanks for bracing words, Ol’ Bill. My own feelings are a mix. Celebrity testimony undoubtedly does draw a crowd. Does that add to or distract from the celebrity’s chosen ’cause’? WDYT?
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