Blowhard attack on Paltrow proves her point
The right wingers are showing that they haven't learned a thing from the mid-term elections. They're continuing their campaign of manufactured outrage over issues which couldn't possibly be less important to the country.
They recently launched a phony attempt to label the top animated movie "Happy Feet" about some penquins facing starvation due to overfishing as some sort of rank propaganda which was warping children's minds, and tried to associate it with Al Gore somehow.
Now the latest stupidity is raging against actress Gweneth Paltrow for the mortal sin of simply expressing her personal opinion that she likes the society of Britain over the U.S. She said she found them smarter and less commercialized.
So apparently in an effort to prove her point in a big way, blow-hards are rushing to the cameras to call her every vile name in the book, huffing and raging about how stupid she is for daring to observe the obvious. Terry Jeffrey's, the fat toad conservative hack even went so far as to dig into her bio and tried to attack her because it stated that she "attended" college in California, suggesting that meant she didn't graduate and then going on to say that big stupid football players have more education than she does.
They also bring up the stupid point that she's had her sucess from American movie goers, so how dare she say anything negative about American society. Of course that's an idiotic logical falacy, as not only did she not say she hates people who go to movies, but the fact that you've made a living in America does not in any way mean you're absolutely prohibited from expressing your views on American society in general.
This sort of thing is pernicious and dangerous, as it clearly shows a desire to intimidate anyone in the public eye from speaking their minds about this country or it's policies or leadership. We saw the disgraceful treatment of the Dixie Chicks, and now this. It's embarassing.
I mean, she's absolutely right, at least about the right wingers in this country. Their vile, stupid, unserious, and absolute jerks compared to most of British society. And British society isn't warped by the massive commercialization of their media, so they actually are able to keep political debate pretty much on things that actually matter, rather than idiotic "culture wars" clap-trap.
Only in America would an actresses utterly benign comments about her personal obvservations about different cultures be turned into some ongoing media frenzy with louts lining up to bash her.
Thanks wingers, for making Paltrow's point more obvious than ever.
Conservative commenter and frequent adversary Paladin wrote to gloat that I had gotten "frothed up over a lie" on this story. It seems that People magazine, a source I don't check, is reporting that Paltrow is denying making the remarks and saying she "loves being an American".
The problem with Paladin's rush to fault me is that it wasn't a lie. The media was most definitely having a field day with this story, and right wing pundits were indeed vying to "out outrage" each other with their oh-so-rightous condemnation and outrage over anyone daring to suggest that any other society on earth is a bit more pleasant and thoughtful than Americans.
It wasn't me that was "frothing" about a lie, it was right wing pundits.