It would be a much more pleasant world for if we could just ignore the political proselytizing of progressive entertainers.
Perhaps a lot of us who care about politics on the left and the right could agree that our discourse would be greatly elevated if we were at least as familiar with the views of people like Thomas Sowell and Paul Krugman as we are the views people like Kim Kardashian, Whoopi Goldberg and Matt Damon. And maybe we could even go back to not knowing who the heck Kathy Griffin is.
Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Entertainers, rightly or wrongly, are a key instrument for the advocation of political causes, especially left-wing political causes.
This is a huge advantage for Democrats.
A celebrity – whether it is a kneeling football player or a reality TV star – attracts a large audience to hear the latest Democrat talking points. And another advantage of celebrity spokesmodels: few will ever be called upon to defend those talking points or the stances they so publicly take.
Let’s take the example of Jimmy Kimmel.
After his weepy-eyed soliloquies on healthcare and gun control, CNN wrote:
If, at any earlier time in his career, anyone had suggested to Jimmy Kimmel that people would someday be citing him as the conscience of the nation, he would surely have done the world’s greatest spit-take.
But just a couple of weeks after his emotional stand against the latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Kimmel is back stage center, this time in the renewed debate about gun control. Kimmel’s impassioned, tearful plea for action on guns after his hometown of Las Vegas was ravaged by a killer wielding an arsenal was the centerpiece of a universal cry of despair that marked the response to the tragedy among late-night television hosts Monday night.
Yet where was this “conscience of the nation” when the accusations were finally made fully public that powerful film producer Harvey Weinstein is a sexual predator and rapist?
These views were well-known in the entertainment industry of which Mr. Kimmel has been a member of for decades. Yet the comedian – sorry, the nation’s conscience – remained quiet on the topic even after the story was held up for the rest of the world to see.
Jimmy Kimmel’s defense for his silence is embarrassingly weak.
He says here:
Harvey Weinstein is not a friend of mine. I’m not in the movie business. And I’ll add that that story came out I think moments before we went to tape on Thursday and we didn’t have a show on Friday.
However, Jimmy Kimmel has appeared in numerous movies. And as a talk-show host who essentially socializes with celebrities for a living, it strains credibility to believe that he was unaware that many of these celebrities had been molested by the same person until moments before they went to tape that day, especially when those molestations were so well-known that they had become a punchline of popular TV show 30 Rock :
As Legal Insurrection writes:
Jimmy Kimmel is pulling the same old trick Jon Stewart used for years. When discussing a topic like healthcare or gun control, he’s a serious policy wonk. When something comes up that’s inconvenient or embarrassing to Democrats, hey – he’s just a TV host.
One would think that Jimmy Kimmel’s audience would have come to expect more from him than that.