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For too long, American foreign and domestic policies have been stained by the caviar-smudged paws of leading thinkers such as Barbra Streisand, Sean Penn and Bruce Springsteen. When Michael Moore, Cameron Diaz, Bono, Matt Damon and friends take us to task and lecture about environmental concerns, guns, civil rights and a whole host of other explosive issues … do they really practice what they preach? Or does a majority (championed by, say, Rosie O’Donnell) take traditionally left-wing positions, only to “adjust” them to their own experiences?
We’ve all seen snippets of such examples, but now, author Jason Mattera has written a whole book on the subject, “Hollywood Hypocrites,” and I would passionately urge you to get a copy. It’s good for some real belly laughs, or if you’re in the mood to get furious about something, it serves that purpose splendidly, as well.
Basically, it’s this: Hollywood elites say to the rest of us: “Do as I say, not as I do.”
Among the hilarious and infuriating tidbits Mattera uncovers:
- Paul McCartney has his new Lexis 600h flown into England from Japan instead of transported by ship, which had the environmental impact of driving the car 300 times around the globe.
- Robert Redford, whom Time magazine called an environmental “superhero,” cited environmental concerns when recently lobbying against a home development near his Napa Valley estate. Yet at the same time he was pocketing millions by selling luxury home lots to developers in a pristine wilderness area near his Sundance, Utah, resort.
- Harrison Ford is the chairman of a global conservation group, yet owns seven airplanes and has stated, “I often fly up the coast for a cheeseburger.”
Mattera, editor-at-large for Human Events and a leading young conservative, is known for his “ambush interviews,” videos of his confrontations with top liberals, whose hypocrisy knows no bounds. I enjoyed “Hollywood Hypocrites” in a way few books have impacted me. How often can you laugh and still feel righteous anger stirring at the same time?
Just in time to effect the necessary change in the 2012 presidential race, “Hollywood Hypocrites” exposes the sham that is elite fawning over Barack Obama. As Mattera points out, these holier-than-thou hypocrites swept Obama into power four years ago, but we have time to retire him early. “Hollywood Hypocrites” I sincerely believe will go a long way in advancing that noble cause, perhaps in a way like “Unfit for Command” did eight years ago (in another, “most important election in our lifetime”).
The nonsense comes from the top down, and the irony is thick as a tofu sandwich.
Mattera points out that in April 2011, Obama loudly touted the 41st Earth Day, and he jetted around the country for three days in Air Force One, logging 10,666 miles (burning 53,000 gallons of gasoline), which cost the taxpayers $180,000.
It’s doubtful, though, that folks like Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen ponied up for that bill. Each has found creative tax loopholes (while decrying tax cuts for the rich) to turn their sprawling New Jersey estates into “farms.” (Bon Jovi raises bees for his loophole. Honey, isn’t that a sticky problem for these lefties?)
Let me say at this juncture that if you enjoy some saucy writing from a conservative, you are really, really, really going to love “Hollywood Hypocrites.”
Listen as Mattera describes one particularly pixy dust politico: “Cameron Diaz is another pothead who should keep her drug-loving, eco-preaching yap shut.”
The problem, according to Mattera’s investigation? She makes goofy little documentaries exposing the evil corporations … who also back her movies! This type of mind-numbing hypocrisy soaks through on every page of “Hollywood Hypocrites,” and the book is a rarity: grossly entertaining while at the same time mobilizing real Americans to take action and stop the madness.
Another seedy underbelly of this Hollywood elitism is the tendency for the president to hype his thuggish rap friends. When the Obamas invited rapper Common to read some rhymes in the White House in May 2011, they turned a deaf ear to his cop-killer “lyrics.” One wonders if Top Cop Eric Holder also sat and applauded.
Make no mistake, you’ll be sickened by the contempt Hollywood has for the rest of us. Jason Mattera has an uncommon skill in painting word pictures while at the same time instructing us to do something.
I’m telling you, the stories and tidbits in “Hollywood Hypocrites” are so rich, you’ll be the poorer if you don’t hold of a copy of this gem.