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Hollywood Political Watch: Damon’s latest rambling fireside chat, Palin vs. Griffin and activist Affleck

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Matt Damon’s crusade of vaguely miffed disenchantment with President Obama continued in an interview with the British newspaper the Independent this week. In last week’s column, we saw Damon interviewed on CNN about his views on Obama’s handling of Wall Street, education policy, and the war in Afghanistan. Though he said there’s no way he would run for office, that apparently hasn’t stopped him from continuing this series of rambling fireside chats.

“I think he’s rolled over to Wall Street completely,” Damon said of President Obama. “The economy has huge problems. We still have all these banks that are too big to fail. They’re bigger and making more money than ever. Unemployment at 10%? It’s terrible.”

It’s true that 10% unemployment is terrible as a concept, though America’s actual unemployment rate is currently 8.9%. So cheer up, Matt! Meanwhile, Damon is apparently such a hard-core free-market guy that he believes letting banks fail en masse would have had a beneficial effect on the employment rate. Or something.

Democrats have nothing to fear in 2012, however. When asked if he would vote Republican, the actor exclaimed “Good God, no!” then veered directly into a tangentially related rant about the Bush tax cuts, concluding that “I think a stronger middle class makes for a stronger country.”

Isn’t it refreshing to hear this brave actor say what so many are afraid to: A strong middle class is good, not bad. Maybe he has a future in politics after all.

FIGHTIN’ WORDS

Good news! Sarah Palin has gotten involved in a feud with comedian Kathy Griffin, which is something presidential candidates since Adlai Stevenson have been doing to display their statesmanship, strength and dignity. Griffin has picked on several of the Palin daughters in her standup routines, prompting Palin to call Griffin a “50-year adult bully,” as opposed to a 50-year-old child bully. And is it just me, or did Palin also invite Griffin to fight her? “Come up to Alaska and pick on me,” she said on Fox News, “But leave my kids alone.” Everyone has a lot to be proud of here. Anyway, at least this sort of makes up for the disappointment of learning that Christine O’Donnell has turned down the chance to be on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Meanwhile, actress Julianne Moore has signed on to play Sarah Palin in HBO’s film version of John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s best-selling book about the 2008 election, “Game Change,” which I’m sure Palin won’t have anything to say about.

TWEET AGAINST THE MACHINE

On Twitter this week, Rage Against the Machine frontman Tom Morello proved that tweeting is the sincerest form of raging. After telling Wisconsin protestors that Gov. Scott Walker is “the Mubarak of the Midwest,” he tweeted the news that the Wisconsin state Senate successfully voted to end bargaining rights for government workers: “gov sneaks thru anti-union bill. Really? let’s make the state UNGOVERNABLE. Gen strike?Recall? Bring them all down NOW.”

Gee, I hope Morello himself doesn’t go on strike. Please, Br’er Rabbit, don’t stop making music!

  • checotahbill

    Great people! great actors also!

  • Totzke

    why can’t these fat-cat actors just stfu when it comes to politics? They are know-nothings, and their know-nothing fans listen to them as if they are well-educated on the subjects of economics/capitalism/politics. Stick to what you do best- act, and keep your liberal opinions amongst yourselves and spare us the elitist attitudes! The thing is I used to REALLY like these guys’ work, but now can’t in good faith go to see them anymore, which bums me out.

  • Ocarter

    These two need to be taxed more. These guys are the slimey rich that Michael Moore was talking about(and of course Oprah).

  • misthiocracy

    After Good Will Hunting became a hit, Damon and Affleck wanted their next project to be a dramatization of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History Of The United States.

    These guys have been members of the Moonbat Left from the get-go. I wish their radical politics had been reported on more when they were just starting out, before they became “influential”.

  • californiacitizen

    My first thought upon seeing this picture was: Dumb and Dumber.

    • recovered dem

      An apt observation!

    • popegeist

      Exactly.

  • tom kinney

    You got to love the way these siren celebs double-talk about the wealthy. In my opinion, we live in what someday will be known as having been the “superstar era.” Superstars are everywhere, not just Hollowood, but in sports and business, with CEOs and other top execs. In the superstar era, the brightest stars demand the most gold. Why is it any less outrageous that Damon and other actors demand tens of millions of dollars to act like somebody else in an ill-conceived Hollowood action film that demeans America, like the Bourne sagas? Or some doofus like A-Rod who makes hundreds of millions? Why are corporate CEOs bonuses seen as onerous while pop musicians, movie directors and actors, and lugs who can swing a bat or bust your kneecaps make obscene salaries and it’s okay?

    Eventually, Americans will tire of this pointless largesse directed at these feckle “stars,” and their ridiculously out of whack earnings will come to be seen as a negative. Same for CEOs. But for now we’re caught up in this mentality that there are some people who are so indispensible that we should pay them the equivalent of what hundreds or even thousands of ordinary citizens make for doing their daily jobs.

    Times change quickly these days and those who don’t keep up with them get swept away. Byebye superstars.

    There’s another phenomenon regarding big-mouths like Damon and Penn. I and many others I know have gotten to the point where if I see one of these jokers in a movie or hear a song by someone like Springsteen who apparently thinks he’s a great philosopher, I turn the channel. I don’t hear the music or see the visuals, I hear or see someone unqualified to lecture me about issues they don’t grasp in the first place. Fame and fortune do not equal knowledge and wisdom. Hollowood anti-Iraq war movies, a staple on the movie channels until recently, since they didn’t sell at the box offices, are no longer made because nobody watches them. Box office receipts will decline for the Matt Damons because many of us can’t stomach to watch them, so sick are we of hearing their facile and juvenile politics. We’ll see how long they continue to make inane statements when their livihood is in jeopardy.

    • caveman

      Right on to that, they also the first one to hire big time lawyers to cut the taxs on income they demand

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