THE LEFT COAST REPORT
A Political Look at Hollywood
Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Peacenik Danny Glover Punches Out Paparazzo
2. Calif. Supreme Court: 'Friends' Dirty Talk Not Harassment
3. 'American Dreamz' Angers Liberals
4. 'American Dreamz' Director Claims He's No Michael Moore
5. Pink and Pearl Jam Join Neil Young in Bush Broadside
Danny Glover is perhaps Hollywood's biggest communist dictator fan.
In addition to his public support of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, the actor recently stood with Cynthia McKinney at a press conference in which the congresswoman claimed that racism was the justification for her alleged assault of a D.C. cop.
Glover supposedly takes on activist roles because of his professed love of peace.
In the weeks following 9/11, Glover said, "I've been an advocate for peace my whole life. But one of the main purveyors of violence in this world is this country."
The nonviolent thespian was recently in London to promote the anti-death penalty play, "The Exonerated," which also includes in its cast Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Alanis Morissette.
Glover was coming out of a West End restaurant with a female companion when he allegedly attempted to assault a paparazzo.
The paparazzo apparently slipped away and was not injured in the alleged attack.
The Left Coast Report says, in Glover's world, violence is not justified for people who want to take your life but OK for people who want to take your picture.
It all began when, after working for only four months as a writer's assistant for the mega-hit TV show "Friends," Amaani Lyle was fired.
Lyle did what so many others seem to do these days. She hired a lawyer and filed suit for sexual harassment.
Lyle claimed in the lawsuit that male writers engaged in conversations about their sexual experiences and predilections. She claimed that they also discussed sexual story ideas involving "Friends" stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Arquette and David Schwimmer including simulated masturbation.
Three of the writers were alleged to have used profanity to describe female anatomy, and one of the writers was alleged to have drawn pictures of parts of naked women in a coloring book.
The California Supreme Court tossed the lawsuit out, noting that coarse language by the writers of a comedy with sexual themes does not constitute harassment.
A lawyer for Lyle called the court's decision "shocking."
"This sets way back the rights of women to be free from sexual harassment," lawyer Mark Weidmann told the Los Angeles Times.
The evidence indicated that the sex talk was not aimed at Lyle and didn't affect her work.
The court took into account that Lyle was warned before she took the job that she would hear dirty talk.
The Left Coast Report suspects that without the dirty talk the number of Hollywood writers would be zip.
The recently released flick "American Dreamz" is essentially an overly long "Saturday Night Live"-style skit and is not meant to be taken seriously, not even as a satire.
It implicitly pokes fun at President Bush, characterizing him as inept, but ends up portraying him as a decent, lovable and ultimately courageous character.
The subplot that steals the audience's attention involves Arab terrorists who also happen to be fans of an "American Idol"-type show.
A gay Arab-American who strives to be a contestant on the program has a cousin who comes to live with him and his family.
Unbeknownst to the relatives is the fact that the guy, although sweet natured, is actually a member of a terrorist sleeper cell. Ironically, he has a secret fondness for show tunes and accidentally ends up being one of the finalists on the show.
Prior to the movie's release, some conservatives were expressing concern over the possible content. But now that the movie is out, liberal critics are the ones who are panning the film.
Why? It apparently doesn't hit the cinematic representation of the current administration hard enough to suit libs' vengeful appetite.
Here are a few disappointed examples:
"American Dreamz" writer and director Paul Weitz apparently doesn't want to be associated with the filmmaker who offends most conservatives.
"You're using the vocabulary of broad comedy to talk about what's most important," Weitz told UPI. "And I don't have a Michael Moore-like urge to offend people or get people angry at me. If anything, that idea stresses me out."
The director of the "American Pie" series has indicated that he would consider screening his most recent film for President Bush.
When Weitz was asked whether he would show 'American Dreamz' at the White House, he said he'd accept an invitation. However, he'd also make sure to know where the nearest exit was "just in case."
The Left Coast Report believes that, based on its #8 debut at the box office, Weitz would be wise to accept any screening invitation he can get.
It must be an election year.
As I reported in a recent LCR, Neil Young has dedicated most of his upcoming album, "Living With War," to attacking the Bush administration's Iraq war policy. He's even going to offer it free on the Web.
Now it seems as though more pop artists are piling on.
A few years ago, some fans walked out of a U.S. Pearl Jam concert after singer Eddie Vedder impaled a mask of President Bush on a microphone stand.
Vedder and Pearl Jam are back on Bush-bashing track with a new hit single titled "World Wide Suicide."
In the tune, Vedder croons:
"Medals on a wooden mantle. Next to a handsome face.
And in the chorus, the words "It's a worldwide suicide" ring out.
In an upcoming Time magazine issue, Vedder lets it be known that he believes, "It's just not the time to be cryptic. I mean, our tax dollars for this war are being funneled through huge corporations -- one of which Dick Cheney used to be head of -- and there's an even greater disparity between rich or poor in this country. It offends me on a really deep level."
Pink, who previously launched musical attacks on Britney Spears, now has her sights fixed on President Bush.
Pink's new album, "I'm Not Dead," contains the song "Dear Mr. President," which includes the oh-so-profound lyrics, "How can you say no child left behind? We're not dumb and we're not blind...."
The Left Coast Report notes that's not all. The song also contains the oh-so-provocative questions, "What kind of father would take his own daughter's rights away? What kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?"
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