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Hollywood Appeasers Cash In on Anti-U.S. Rants By: NewsMax.com
Newsmax.com | Thursday, April 24, 2003

Don't believe the whining of Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon and other Tinseltown leftists who claim they're paying a price for opposing Operation Iraqi Freedom. They're getting rich from their anti-U.S. activism, according to the liberal Washington Post.

Consider this boast from Janeane Garofalo, who, even after Iraqi citizens welcomed their U.S.-led liberators, still refuses to make the apology she so publicly promised. "I knew when I started speaking out that it was going to be unpleasant, and I’ve taken my punches. But the positives have far outweighed the negatives,” she gloated.

"Before this I was a moderately well-known character actress. Now I’m almost famous.”

Indeed. Since ranting against Operation Iraqi Freedom on TV news shows, she has bagged countless offers for speaking engagements, stand-up gigs and stage roles, bundles of fan mail and a sitcom pilot with ABC, the Post noted. "The other day, after a decade and a half of doing comedy, she made America Online’s 'Comedians to Watch' list."

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Quite a coup for an actress who told now-defunct Buzz magazine in 1998: "Our country is founded on a sham. Our forefathers were slave-owning rich white guys who wanted it their way. So when I see the American flag, I go, 'Oh my God, you're insulting me.' That you can have a gay parade on Christopher Street in New York, with naked men and women on a float cheering, 'We're here, we're queer!' - that's what makes my heart swell. Not the flag, but a gay naked man or woman burning the flag. I get choked up with pride."

Now she can be a rich white gal choked up with pride when she sees the American flag burned.

The Post notes that "dissent, it seems, can be a pretty good career move." And "All told, widespread publicity about celebrities’ war views has helped, not hurt, the careers of the famous."

UCLA film prof Howard Suber said: "If you’re a producer or a studio, I can’t imagine in our time some studio executive saying, ‘Let’s not use Martin Sheen,’ or ‘Let’s not use Tim Robbins.’ That would be in Variety the next day.

"These days you don’t get used if you’re a kook, if you’re difficult or you snort too much coke. If it doesn’t get in the way of making a film, they don’t care what you do,” he said.

Robbins, who fantasized about "a climate of fear,” is sitting pretty. "I’m OK,” he had to admit. "I just finished two films. I don’t believe there’s fallout. If there was, I don’t think anyone would say, ‘We’re not hiring you for political reasons.’”

His longtime live-in, Sarandon, continues to make movie after movie, whereas the sexist industry that employs her has no use for most 56-year-old actresses.

This payback comes despite her unpopularity with the American public, as seen in the poor box office results from her latest movies, "Moonlight Mile" and "The Banger Sisters," and the disastrous ratings for her CBS TV flick Sunday.

Others who have gotten rich from their appeasement rants:

·  After Michael Moore's bizarre tirade against President Bush on worldwide television at the Oscars, his obviously autobiographical book about being a stupid white man shot back up to the top of the best-seller lists. He claims that orders on Amazon for his latest semi-fictitious "documentary" have outpaced those of the Oscar winner for best picture, "Chicago,” and that there's even interest in reviving his failed TV series despite the poor ratings it fetched.

·  Although leftists moaned and wailed and uttered phony cries of "censorship" when sales of the Dixie Chicks' latest release dropped after singer Natalie Maines told a foreign audience that the group was ashamed Bush was from Texas, the CD returned to No. 1 on the country charts last week.

And a couple more that the Post doesn't mention but we will:

·  NBC's "The West Wing" keeps giving big fat raises to imaginary prez Sheen, whose modest career was washed up before the series hired him. But the show's leftist producers refused to give similar consideration to co-star Rob Lowe and let him walk. Perhaps it's no coincidence that Lowe has voiced support for the president's policy on Iraq.

·  George Clooney, a college dropout like many Tinseltown leftists who denounce "stupid" U.S. policies, remains one of Hollywood's most pampered and sought-after stars even though his two most recent movies tanked after he raged against President Bush and ridiculed the ailing Charlton Heston. Next on his plate: a reteaming with the Coen brothers.

Getting rich from left-wing activism is hardly a new phenomenon in Hollywood, the Post notes.

·  "Hanoi" Jane Fonda's reward for spreading lies of the Viet Cong who were torturing American POWs: roles most actresses would kill for, multimillion-dollar salaries and two Oscars. (And a failed but profitable marriage to media tycoon Ted Turner, though some would consider that a punishment.)

·  Woody Harrelson's reward for opposing the Gulf War in 1991, after Saddam Hussein attacked Kuwait: an Emmy, an Oscar nomination and juicy big-screen movie roles despite his limited talent. Though his career has been in the toilet for years, don't be surprised if he too finds a way to profit from his latest anti-war and anti-American screeds.

For Hollywood's minstrels and would-be geopolitical experts, there's no such thing as bad publicity. As the Christian Science Monitor concluded today in an article on La-La Land's anti-war profiteers, "All of which only goes to prove that Oscar Wilde was right when he said the only thing worse that being talked about is not being talked about."

But woe unto anyone who dares criticize those who aid and comfort Hussein's genocidal dictatorship. Self-styled "peace" activists are quick to threaten violence against anyone who finds fault with Tinseltown's tyros. 

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