I used to be a big fan of Rush Limbaugh.
His shtick these days reminds me of a hungry guy on the outside of a bakery, nosed pressed against the glass, wanting to enter into its world of savory delights, but unable to do so because he's so broke.
Or, going in the opposite direction, like a fat guy who loses a ton of weight but always sees himself as fat.
Let's make this a hat-trick of goofy metaphors today, shall we?
He's the class clown who wants to be class president.
It therefore follows that many of his comments just go by the wayside for me.
But not always.
It's reported that Rush Limbaugh once said "Washington DC politics is the Hollywood of ugly people".
I'm starting to think that there's a second part to the Limbaugh Law of Celebrity.
It goes like this:
Hollywood politics is the ground-zero of intolerant political people, (when it comes to a fact-based artistic expression.)
Case in point:
"Last week, Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal responded forcefully to a "Zero Dark Thirty" anti-Oscar campaign waged by Ed Asner and other Hollywood actors, saying "to punish an artist's right of expression is abhorrent," reports the Seattle Times.
Pascal is absolutely correct.
Nobody muzzled Lou Grant when Asner changed his "Mary Tyle Moore Show" funny character (after winning a Emmy for comedy) into a fact-based character involved in reporting the difficult social issues of the day (for which he also won an Emmy - this time for drama.)
Asner gave voice to many issues of the day. Never did any of his portrayals of highly sensitive issues give credibility to them through the presentation of them.
Here's what Mr. Asner said this past week about Ms. Bigelow:
"One of the brightest female directors in the business is in danger of becoming part of the system," Asner was cited as saying in a press release.
Here's what reports say Asner and Sheen did:
"Hands down the most controversial film of awards season, Zero Dark Thirty has drawn complaints that it glorifies torture and also suggests that torturing prisoners played a crucial part in tracking down bin Laden.
Both Sheen and Asner have issued an appeal to fellow actors to let their conscience guide them in deciding whether to cast a best-picture Oscar vote for the movie, reports CBS' Los Angeles affiliate station."
The entire conflict against Kathryn Bigelow, the director of Zero Dark Thrity, stems from their intolerance of her portrayal of torture as a method by which Osama Bin Laden was found and killed.
Even the reality of torture is apparently off-limits to those who fear giving it screen time will legitimize its horrible nature.
Sheen and Asner's logic seems to be that portraying torture as a means to achieving the desired end (of getting bin Laden) would justify torture.
Sony's chief is brilliant in her defense of the film:
"Zero Dark Thirty does not advocate torture. To not include that part of history would have been irresponsible and inaccurate. We fully support Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal and stand behind this extraordinary movie. We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in AMPAS as a platform to advance their own political agenda."
"As for what I personally believe, which has been the subject of inquiries, accusations and speculation, I think Osama bin Laden was found due to ingenious detective work," she continued. "Torture was, however, as we all know, employed in the early years of the hunt. That doesn't mean it was the key to finding bin Laden. It means it is a part of the story we couldn't ignore."
Kudos to Pascal and Bigelow. Get back in the fight!
A ten-count to Sheen and Asner.
"Fist fights are never quite fair between smart young chicks and emotional old men. Chicks win everytime."