This is a simple, personal post – tomorrow I’m going to head up north to watch my niece perform in her school’s production of the Wizard of Oz. Molly landed the most excellent role of the Cowardly Lion (Dorothy wannabes step aside) and I have no doubt that she will do all of her ham-bone auntie’s proud with her interpretation of this classic character. I cannot wait to be in the audience to see her shine – this kid can act and sing – no jive from the God-mother here. Break a leg Molly – I’ll be the beaming auntie in the audience nudging your mom every time we see you on stage, and smiling my guts out!
Benedict Cumberbatch is facing criticism. The man beneath Sherlock Holmes’ hat on the BBC series Sherlock and the villain in the new Star Trek movie, Into Darkness, Cumberbatch offered his commentary on the social message behind the film. I see nothing wrong with that, and I’ll tell you why, but first let’s look at what he said.
“In the film there’s a debate among Starfleet personnel over how best to extract an enemy in a distant part of the galaxy,” said Tom Brooks, a writer for BBC America, “and whether that enemy should be subjected to due process.”
Cumberbatch concurred. “It’s no spoiler I think to say that there’s a huge backbone in this film that’s a comment on recent U.S. interventionist overseas policy from the Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld era,” he told BBC America in an interview. Criticism of the Bush administration is not at all uncommon in Hollywood and in media as a whole, but many are tired of hearing it.
Breitbart.com’s article on the statement offered clean-cut reporting and little commentary. The comment section, on the other hand, wasn’t as reserved.
“Oh Benedict, shut up and act. You are a pretty young guy, you are great in Sherlock but seriously man, just be Khan and don’t ruin the movie for me.”
“Thanks for the warning, Benedict. I know not to waste my money now.”
“Let’s blame Bush again. I’m so over this. Come up with something new, Hollywood.”
Now this article isn’t a commentary on what Cumberbatch said. Clearly, the same charges of interventionist policy can be leveled at our current President and his aggressive use of unmanned drones to kill overseas targets. This, of course, doesn’t absolve former President Bush of any guilt whatsoever. We’ve had a bad run of presidents.
However, Star Trek has always been cutting edge with social commentary, putting controversial issues in a science fiction setting, an effective strategy that Cumberbatch acknowledges the new movie is continuing.
Does everything hollyWEIRD produces have to send a flippin’ message?
I’m honestly not quite sure why you like Star Trek if you’re so against Hollywood using media to send a message.
When actors make left-leaning statements, generally conservatives respond by lamenting how actors have such a strong cultural influence, calling the actor’s intelligence into question, or responding with the pervasive “shut up and act.” You would think that the overwhelming consensus in the conservative community is that actors shouldn’t talk about politics. However, we’re then faced with the exception of Clint Eastwood.
Eastwood is an actor, yet he is also a conservative. His “empty chair” speech at the RNC was met with mixed feelings from conservatives, ranging from approval and emulation via “empty chair day” to concern that Eastwood has “lost it” and an uneasy feeling from his quirky onstage performance.
But almost nowhere were calls for actor Eastwood to “sit down and shut up” due to his place in Hollywood.
So why the double standard? Why do conservatives disdain liberal actors while lionizing conservative ones? I think the answer is pretty clear. It’s the same immature mentality of “if you disagree with me, shut up!” that conservatives hate when it’s coming from the left.
Can the opinions of actors be valid? Clearly the opinions conservative actors like Clint Eastwood, Adam Baldwin, and Ronald Reagan are valued by conservatives, but in the culture at large, many people take Hollywood opinions with a grain of salt. One of the most common arguments I hear against actors is that “they’re experts at acting, not politics. They should stick with what they know.”
Fair enough, they’re not political experts.
But then, couldn’t the same statement be leveled at many of us?
“You’re a bank teller, not a political expert. Stay out of politics and stick with what you know.”
“You work in a marketing department, not the military. What gives you any right to opine about Benghazi?”
“You’re not an economist, so shut up about the economy.”
When we start demanding that people are experts, we put the nails in our own coffins. I do a lot of research about the subjects I report, but I’m not a credentialed “expert.” Many of us aren’t experts, either, we’re just concerned citizens trying to spread a message. We can tell Hollywood to sit down and shut up, but sooner or later the same thing is going to be said to each of us.
Embrace the 1st Amendment. Be a loud talker.
Also, stop freaking bashing Hollywood and start encouraging your kids to follow their dreams, especially if they want to be filmmakers or actors. This hostile attitude towards Hollywood is what is keeping it so liberal.
Ben Nanke: His Engine is one of my favorite songs that I’ve written, but I’ve found that it is really speaking to a specific group of people – Christians who are neither of the world nor in it. While I firmly believe that, as a Christian, we’re called to step above the depravity and darkness of the world, problems arise when we try to distance and isolate ourselves from it entirely.
I don’t want to be a Christian in philosophy only; I want to make a visible difference in the lives of my fellow man, both directly by connecting with others in a meaningful way, and also indirectly by producing positive content that inspires and by working in politics and journalism to further the cause of truth and justice.
Prayer and contemplation is essential, but change occurs through our actions.
Simply put, we are God’s engine.
If you are struggling with despair or confusion in this broken world we live in, and feel like there’s nothing you can do, I hope this song speaks to you. Thanks for listening!
The Well Armed Woman is local groups of women around the country that meet monthly to practice, learn and grow as shooters. We create opportunities for women shooters to be introduced to issues that are important to us, learn safe gun handling skills and train together.
We are here to expand the world of firearms to women all over the country in a safe, non-threatening way with the purpose of Educating, Equipping and Empowering woman shooters.
- Educating women on firearm safety, gun care and handling
- Developing gun handling skills
- Building defensive gun skills and awareness
- Developing confidence
- Networking with women of like interests
- Meeting new people/socializing
This is a brand new program and Salem, Oregon is part of a growing list of chapters forming all over the country.
We welcome women 21 years and older of all experience levels. From seasoned shooters to women just getting started with buying, shooting, and caring for firearms, we offer a comfortable learning environment.
If you live in the Mid-Willamette Valley and want to find out more send an email to dqnTWAW@gmail.com or click here to find out more.
In 1980, I was a high school student and a fan of Ronald Reagan, however, I wasn’t old enough to vote for him in that election. The election of 1984 arrived and I proudly cast my first presidential vote for President Reagan! I’ve been down a winding political path since then but my admiration and respect for Ronald Reagan is stronger than ever.
3000 people rallied for freedom and 2nd Amendment rights in Salem, OR on Saturday – NO fires, NO rapes, NO using the lawn as a toilet and NO GARBAGE left behind!
There were great speakers on hand to share the message of Freedom and our intention to preserve our 2nd Amendment Rights. Here are some of the highlights from Saturday’s event:
KXL‘s Lars Larson delivered the passionate keynote comments.
Salem’s own Bill Post from KYKN 1430 AM radio fired up the crowd with his comments.
Inspired comments from Jeff Kropf, a former Oregon State Representative and fifth generation Oregon farmer.
Driving along Court Street through the massive crowd! H/T Bill Post
Again, there were close to 3000 people gathered at the state capitol in Salem, OR. 3000 people who know the difference between an automatic weapon and a semi-automatic weapon…and this woman is who the largest media outlets in the state converge on like white on rice!