I found this new video very disturbing:
Britney Spears was [rightly] excoriated for saying “I think we should just support our President in everything he does.” I expect to hear at least as much criticism of this stupidity – which brings Oval Office hero-worshiping to a new and nauseous level.
I totally agree with the “be the change” concept – nothing new (although still very rare).
But Ashton Kutcher (not the world’s brightest sociopolitical bulb) and Demi Moore pledge to be “servants” to President Obama. What the fuck are they talking about? Kutcher is the same moron who recently referred to President Bush as our “commander”. Is he channeling jungsturm or something?
Who are these people?
And how many of them do you think could actually sit down and engage in a substantive, nuanced conversation about the important issues they’re pledging about? Two, three, maybe?
This new Harpo Productions video feels right out of a 1930s propaganda machine. I truly sympathize with President Obama – a human facing inhuman expectations. He will have a very hard time living up to the high-style, breathless absurdity of fluff like this.
Hey idiots: pledge loyalty to ideals, or goals, or foundational principles that stir your heart and soul. Respect others, hope for the best for them, empower them, agree and disagree with them, but don’t worship them. Pledging to be a “servant” to a single person is called a cult.
Hollywood needs political cluefulness, not a new branch of Scientology.
Here’s my pledge: I pledge to fight against blind, unquestioning loyalty of any kind. It’s what got us into the mess we’re in – and it’s certainly not going to get us out.