Hollywood clutched its collective pearls over President Donald Trump, significantly his bruising rhetoric.
Besides many stars bruised proper again.
Some wished for Trump’s demise, together with Joss Whedon, Charlie Sheen and, not directly, Johnny Depp. Others, like Madonna, imagined planting a bomb at the White House, presumably to take out Trump for good.
There’s one other aspect to superstar rage, although, one disconnected from Trump or different Republican targets. Some stars seem to both condone or actively help violence in ways in which ought to get them booted from social media, not to mention Hollywood.
That hasn’t occurred but, nor have these stars suffered any skilled penalties for his or her actions. Cancel Culture hasn’t a lot as knocked on their door.
In actual fact, some stars get TV exhibits to share their peculiar tackle violence … like W. Kamau Bell.
The far-left CNN contributor’s United Shades of America beforehand performed footsie with Antifa, at a time when the novel group’s actions hadn’t swamped main cities like Portland and Seattle. Bell, who as soon as spoke at an Antifa rally, yukked it up with Antifa members throughout a 2019 section of United Shades of America.
Extra not too long ago, Bell downplayed the group’s extensive violence and anti-freedom mien on CNN … once more.
First, he attacked the “right-wing” for utilizing Antifa as a “boogeyman” to distract People from police brutality. Subsequent, he in contrast the hate group to a kiddie celebrity.
“When you’re uncertain how you are feeling about that, image a desk: On one aspect of the desk is Hitler and Mussolini, and on the opposite aspect is the favored [children’s] performer Raffi. “Which aspect of the desk you sitting on? I’m with Raffi.”
It will get worse.
Bell condoned each the group’s strategies and the outcomes, ignoring what number of hundreds of thousands of harmless persons are immediately impacted by their rage.
“Look, this preventing for democracy and in opposition to fascism factor has all the time been a messy enterprise. And, sure, individuals get damage, property will get broken, and issues get complicated,” Bell mentioned, ignoring simply how fascist Antifa actually is.
If solely Bell was an outlier in the case of stars condoning violence.
Far-left Trevor Noah repeatedly excuses violence, at the least when it’s related to causes he admires. Final week, the Comedy Central host downplayed the war crimes associated with Hamas throughout its ongoing battle with Israel.
Final 12 months, each John Oliver and Seth Meyers downplayed Antifa’s violence in Portland. Meyers dubbed the mayhem “delicate property harm and graffiti,” when the info on the bottom proved radically completely different.
Quite a few stars cheered on the violent riots that erupted final 12 months following the demise of George Floyd, a black man, after an altercation with Minneapolis police. That included actor John Cusack on Twitter, who framed the violence as a strategy to take away President Trump from workplace — “It’s time -people ought to NOT swallow one other second of fascism … Battle until he’s gone,” Cusack Tweeted. Babe actor James Cromwell shared Cusack’s feedback.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore wished the Minneapolis police station could be “demolished” to assist additional racial therapeutic on the peak of the violent protests. Noah, as soon as once more, excused away the violence throughout this era, whereas rapper/actor Ice Dice shared a picture of a black determine stomping on a white one through social media.
People can conform to disagree with celebrities in the case of the most popular problems with the day. What’s much less comprehensible is how celebrities can actively cheer on violence and not using a single repercussion.
[Cross-posted from Hollywood in Toto.]