December 4, 2006

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.

**UPDATE**
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.

6 Comments:

At 12/04/2006 2:45 PM, Anonymous Judy T said...

Ms. Paltrow has an absolute right to her opinion and she may be right about some of the people here (not all)as I am sure some of the British are No cup of tea, however I have seen, especially over the last decade, the nasty, mean and uncivilized way some of both the right and left of the political spectrum have voiced their opinions. What ever happened to a healthy difference of opinion with the end aim of improving life for it's citizens. We are becoming a county of empty headed nitwits who can only concentrate on the latest so called news being presented to us by the "legitimate Press?". Why on earth do the goings on of Paris, Britney and Gwenneth deserve constant news media attention? Shame on us.

Judy T

 
At 12/04/2006 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shame on the Dope for putting this sensational crap on our blog. This is another ina long line of examples of why we need a new blog master. Why are you so afraid of an open and fair election? Self-appoiuinted blog masterbaters love to emmulate children on the playground, but find that many times they are thespians and act out in other less significant ways and days.

When is this blog going to print something more about Jacobs? Everything else seems so dumb!

 
At 12/04/2006 7:12 PM, Anonymous Robbie said...

if she likes british people more than american people, good for her. people should be able to have opinions without having to take crap from morons.

we talk about having freedom of speech, but so many times people have to watch their tongues because of the reprecussions that occur from the news media. instead of reporting on news the media now tries to make news by over hyping stupid petty shit...

 
At 12/04/2006 7:28 PM, Blogger Benton Harbor said...

"so they actually are able to keep political debate pretty much on things that actually matter, rather than idiotic "culture wars" clap-trap."

Dope, guess you haven't ever watched the House of Commons on C-SPAN. They get pretty heated sometimes on culture war claptrap.

One good thing about the Brits, they go after terrorists and seem to accomplish it using the same tactics that we use here that many liberals attack... without so much as a whimper there.

Good comment Judy T.

 
At 12/04/2006 8:06 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Benton,
Right you are. I had to pause as I wrote that, as not only are debates in the House of Commons often pretty racous and pretty raw, but the British tabloids are actually even worse than ours, as hard as that is to fathom. (though they're both largely owned by Murdoch)

I think it may have to do with the difference in libel laws between the countries. In the UK, it's much easier to win libel suits due to differences in the standard of proof.

But in one respect, this wide open debate is a reason Britain is a bit more civil. The truth gets told, and reporters are certainly not afraid to go after their leaders.

I've seen some interviews of Tony Blair where I was actually feeling sorry for the guy! ha!

 
At 12/05/2006 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, let's give her a prize for dumping on the US. I think it is great of you Dope, to be defending her for critcizing the US to the world.

I can't wait to give this US hating lady more of my hard earned US dollars the next time she makes a movie - not!

 

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