Sunday, March 5, 2006

"Helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo"

A special sort of political incompetence would thus seem to characterize certain sets of people, and in our time we should have to begin with pointing the finger at actors and artists, in films, stage and television, and the plastic arts.
— Kenneth Minogue, Democracy & political naiveté
Mark Steyn on the Oscars:
Ben Affleck announced that the decision on whether or not he would wear an anti-war lapel pin would be left to his stylist. One can't help feeling more stars would have been better off deferring to their stylists rather than what passes for their consciences. The dress-down Oscars impacted especially hard on the ladies, few of whom looked their best. Nicole Kidman's pulled-back hair was way too severe even for the Major-Artist-Wrestling-With-Global-Geopolitics look: if we can't even have hot babes on Oscar night, then the terrorists have won.
… and George Clooney:
“I’m an old-time liberal and I don’t apologize for it,” Clooney told Newsweek.

Good for him. And certainly, regardless of how liberal he is, he’s “old-time”. I don’t mean in the sense that he has the gloss of an old-time movie star, the nearest our age comes to the sheen of Cary Grant in a Stanley Donen picture, but that his politics is blessedly undisturbed by any developments on the global scene since circa 1974.
On a related note, "The Gods of the Copybook Headings is a strong Brosnan supporter" as opposed to girlie-man blond Bonds. The London Fog concurs, and supports Garbo as well.