Hollywood Hypocrites, by Jason Mattera
Are you sick of self-important celebrities preaching against “global warming,” yet flying private planes to their countless homes? Fed up with lectures about charity and philanthropy from miserly rockers who will do anything for a tax break? Disgusted by leftist stars decrying the evils of the Second Amendment as their personal bodyguards pack more heat than a Chuck Norris kick to the face?
The same Hollywood loons who got Barack Hussein Obama elected in 2008 will do so again in 2012. That is, unless we muzzle them. Four years ago, Republicans sat back like wimps and let Obama’s celebrity-fueled cool machine steamroll them into electoral smithereens. This time, we must do the steamrolling.
New York Times bestselling author of Obama Zombies and gonzo journalist Jason Mattera takes the first stand with Hollywood Hypocrites, as he slays the Left’s sacred celebrity cows and teaches Obama’s Tinseltown foot soldiers their most important lesson yet: No longer can they attempt to deny Americans the very liberties they use to catapult themselves to prosperity and stardom. In his trademark eye-opening, no-holds-barred, and hilarious style, Mattera puts scores of A-list celebrities, including Sting, Madonna, Bono, Al Gore, Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Cameron Diaz, Bruce Springsteen, and many, many more under the microscope to analyze whether they live by the same environmental, health, anti-violence, civil rights, and other policy prescriptions they seek to inflict on Americans. What he uncovers will shock you.
Hollywood’s megaphone is powerful, and the mainstream media’s love affair with the president will roar back with a vengeance when their guy is against the wall. Anyone who thinks Barack Obama’s abysmal first term will be enough to demoralize the Liberal Left Coast from flexing its mediated political muscle is a fool.
It’s time to recognize the marketing and fund-raising power the Hollywood Progressives wield. It’s time to dig into the data and set the record straight. It’s time to turn the media spotlight back on the image makers and prevent the Hollywood elite from hoodwinking American voters once again.
I’m having a hard time writing about this book. Yes, it’s a great overview of the gross liberal hypocrisy of Hollywood. Yeah, it’s extremely galling, and I think even liberals would find it interesting, since it documents how these people espouse their same ideals in public and snub them in private. And yes, it’s important to recognize their hypocrisy because, like it or not, these celebrity blowhards do hold political sway (remember, 66% of voters 18-29 went for Obama — you think that would have happened without high profile and popular celebs shilling for him?).
But it seems to me that there’s a more basic truth to gain from the facts in this book. Why is there so much hypocrisy in liberal causes? Do they not really believe in “going green” or the validity of welfare programs or affirmative action? I can’t think of any conservative principle that high-profile conservatives vehemently claim to support but regularly flout. And maybe that’s because, according to Peter Schweizer as quoted in Hollywood Hypocrites, “conservatives who abandon their principles and engage in hypocrisy usually end up harming themselves and their families…liberals who do the same usually benefit.” Maybe this says something about the principles themselves.
Jason Mattera does a great job of emphasizing that he doesn’t blame these Hollywood hypocrites for trying to be “tax efficient” (read: pay less) or for making violent movies or for engaging in capitalism or owning guns or for flying private jets everywhere. What Mattera, and hopefully any reasonable reader, objects to is the fact that these celebs simultaneously demand that other people stop doing such things. These people want you to put YOUR money where THEIR mouth is, even though they have unreasonably big mouths and even bigger wallets. They want to restrict your freedom, knowing they have enough influence and/or dough to sidestep the restrictions.
The only thing I don’t totally appreciate about Jason Mattera is his name-calling. His other book, Obama Zombies, was the same way. Now, it’s obviously used for comedic effect, and it’s NOT hateful or vulgar (like, say, Bill Maher), but I do think it gives detractors something to focus in on so they can ignore the book’s facts and argument.