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Politicking of Actors Like George Clooney Grows Tiresome

Politicking of Actors Like George Clooney Grows Tiresome

Host George Clooney speaks onstage during the MPTF 95th anniversary celebration on October 1, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. (Mike Windle/Getty Images for MPTF)

Thursday, 02 March 2017 12:35 PM Current | Bio | Archive

It all started with the hilarious and hugely non-PC movie, "Team America: World Police," where the ever-snarky creators of "South Park" featured a marionette of popular actor George Clooney whining about world politics as a representative of the Film Actor’s Guild. Or maybe it started with Clooney in his often-sanctimonious breakout role as Dr. Ross on the hit TV series "ER." Or that time he brought his movie star good looks and charm to the role of the dark, brooding caped crusader Batman in the critical and box-office flop "Batman & Robin." Apparently, seeing Clooney play a mysterious, uber-rich playboy with strong views didn’t resonate with the public.

And yet, somewhere along the way, George Clooney became convinced that in addition to being drop-dead handsome he’s also become an expert on world politics and a spokesman for his generation. This is confusing, not least because I am almost the same age as Clooney and he definitely doesn’t speak for me or echo my own thoughts and beliefs with his increasingly strident comments. Of course, he’s not Shia LaBeouf making a spectacle of himself on a New York sidewalk, but Clooney isn’t far off in his rabidly liberal views.

This is especially true of his views on President Donald Trump. Whom he hates. You’ve heard the right accuse Clooney and other Hollywood liberals of being the “Hollywood elite,” making their millions while decrying the plight of the working man and woman. But — surprise! — since Trump has cameos in various movies and TV shows (he has 22 acting and production credits on television alone), Clooney helpfully explained in a recent interview that Trump is part of the Hollywood elite too.

Yes, you read that right. Clooney accuses President Donald Trump of being part of the Hollywood elite.

Even presidential advisor Steve Bannon doesn’t escape Clooney’s scorn. Clooney explains that Bannon is actually “a failed film writer and director . . . who made a lot of money off of ‘Seinfeld.’ That’s the reality.”

At a more fundamental level, however, Clooney doesn’t get that it’s his own political views and his assumptions about his own importance and supposed political savvy that causes the right to label him, Meryl Streep, Shia LaBeouf, Sean Penn, Jack Nicholson, and oh, so many more actors as the elite. It’s also the hypocrisy of earning $365,000 a week and saying that they have it just as tough as the single mom working twenty-five hours at Walmart and trying to support her family.

Sorry, George, you’re all washed up in this case. Your political views are your own, but once you step on stage and talk about how you think the world should work, your credibility vanishes. And speaking as one of the many who worry about how to pay the bills next month, your ability to earn an estimated $19 million each year is amazing and fantastic, but by definition means you have absolutely no idea what life is like for the 99 percent — which is to say, for most people everywhere.

Do us all a favor and skip the politics. Instead, just focus on what you’re really good at — looking handsome and dashing on screen. We’re happy to see you at the movies — unless your relentless politicking eventually drives us away, that is.

This article first appeared on Acculturated.com.

Dave Taylor is a long-time media commentator and writer, with a focus on consumer electronics and technology. He holds a Masters degree in Education and an MBA and has published over twenty books. A single father to two teens and a tween, he also moonlights as a film and media critic and calls Boulder, Colorado, home. Read more of his reports — Go Here Now.

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