AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 4/21/2004 11:51:00 AM ----- BODY: Hollywood's "Courage" - Richard Gere made a political remark at a dinner in his honor, and Roger Friedman at FoxNews says he hopes USA Networks will have the "courage" to include the comments in its broadcast of the event. What would be so courageous about them showing an anti-Bush comment? Here's what Gere said:
"I've learned not to trust anyone who thinks he has God exclusively on his side. Not even the president."
For this, Gere earns the praise of easily impressed star stalker Friedman, who calls him "erudite." Wow. What would Gere have to say in order for his comments to be called "standard" and "boring?" The Emmys, the Oscars, the Grammys - at all of these events, it's almost a sure thing that viewers will be subjected to some sort of anti-conservative, anti-religious vitriol from the celebrities at the podium. What's surprising is not that these comments are broadcast by "courageous" networks, but that most of the comments are so consistently banal. That such boilerplate is always seen at events where Hollywood is celebrating its own creativity makes the quality of the comments even more pathetic. Since Bush took office, the celebrity left has felt more free to include anti-conservative comments in awards shows, in movies and in books. All while whining about the increasing limits put on speech, of course. After forcing their views on a public that just wants to be entertained by these dolts, they praise their own "courage" in taking a stand for free speech, creativity, blah...blah...blah. Frankly, I could do with a little less "courage" from celebrities, and a little more creativity. Because pretty soon they're going to run out of 70s television shows to remake into movies. --------