Some of you missed the stories about Barry Manilow and Sally Field that I referred to in the previous post. You can read about them here: tirades, or here in this excerpt from Indystar.com:
Accepting her Emmy on Sunday night for lead actress in a drama series ("Brothers and Sisters"), Sally Field stumbled halfway through, lost her train of thought, screeched at the audience to stop applauding so she could finish -- and then was cut off by Fox censors as she stammered through an anti-war statement, The Associated Press reported.
"And, let's face it, if the mothers ruled the world, there would be no . . ." Field said before Fox cut the sound and switched the camera view.
Backstage, Field told reporters that she wanted to recognize mothers who wait for their sons to come home from war. She added, however, that she "didn't have a political agenda."
Told that she had been cut off, Field responded: "Oh well. I've been there before. . . . I said what I wanted to say. I wanted to pay homage to the mothers of the world, and let their work be seen and valued."
Manilow won't appear with Hasselbeck
Singer/songwriter Barry Manilow will not appear on "The View" if he has to appear on the show with host Elizabeth Hasselbeck, TMZ reports.
The singer, who has been on the show twice before with Hasselbeck, said he would come on the show but not with the conservative co-host.
"The View" producers refused to ax Hasselbeck for a day. Manilow, who is on tour promoting his album "Greatest Songs of the Seventies," issued a statement to TMZ, saying, "I strongly disagree with her views. I think she's dangerous and offensive. I will not be on the same stage as her."
Everyone has a right to an opinion. I just don't hold in high esteem political opinions of people who happen to be gifted at singing, acting, glass blowing or basket weaving any more than I do the average Joe Schmo's opinion. It just doesn't make sense to give more weight to their beliefs simply because they are entertainers. Also, I don't trust entertainers' plaintive cries because, bluntly, they live for attention, even if it's procured by sending out shock waves or if the attention lasts only a few hours in the limelight.
Here is my problem with each complaint, and then I shall say no more about these unfortunate soundbites:
1. Everyone hates war, with the exception of insane sociopaths. I have an 18 year-old son. If he had enlisted in the military, I would be heartsick with worry and maybe even angry with him for putting himself in harm's way. That's not very honorable of me, but I'm being honest about my gut reaction to that possibility. But if my son marched himself downtown to the recruiter and signed up of his own volition and was sent to the front lines, I would not, could not, no matter how much I hated the war or how much I worried about his fate, blame the government. If he were drafted, I might feel differently. But if he, or my daughter, for that matter, VOLUNTEERED to serve knowing full-well what the implications are, I could not place blame 100% squarely on the government. It is what it is.
2. Why is it that virtually anyone can be adamantly, unapologetically, vociferously intolerant except for a conservative Christian? Could you imagine in your wildest dreams a political conservative refusing to share the stage with someone who did not agree with his views? Oh.my.gosh. That person would be torn to shreds from late night talk show monologues to magazine/newspaper editorials to news shows with pundit panels to George Clooney movies. Unbelievable.
Dangerous pregnant Elisabeth Hasselbeck. She is rockin' the arms muscles here. Maybe that's what Barry's really afraid of. Now I can't get the Roxette song "Dangerous" out of my mind.