Skip to comments.Jessica Lange compares Iraq to Vietnam in Sarah Lawrence graduation speech
Posted on 05/23/2008 5:11:34 PM PDT by angcat
YONKERS - During a Sarah Lawrence College graduation speech she apologetically admitted was filled with "random" thoughts in lieu of a theme, Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange received thunderous applause from students after comparing America's troubled role in Iraq with its troubled role in Vietnam when she was their age.
"History repeats itself," she told them today, repeatedly tucking her messy blonde hair behind her ears. "It is a heavy burden to inherit."
Lange, whose daughter Hannah Jane Shepard was among the 435 seniors and graduate students in black caps and gowns at the liberal arts college's 79th commencement, urged the students to "make a better world ... to educate, to heal, to entertain, to illuminate."
Along the way, they should also remain open to random possibilities, she added, such as the unexpected invitations that took her from a Midwestern college art class to a Parisian mime school to a Hollywood screen test, all within six years.
Student, faculty and alumni speakers expressed similar sentiments, asking the small class to maintain a balance between social responsibility and silliness, nonconformity and community-building.
During the ceremony, the seniors presented their new alma mater with $168,000 for future scholarships - the largest class gift in a decade.
She obviously doesn’t know anything about history.
shut up and act
Can’t Sarah Lawrence get a better speaker than a has-been actress????
I remember Jessica Lange’s early review of her work in King Kong. She was called. “Eva Marie Saint on Spanish Fly”. She never got better, but she did get older.
Go to the website and check out her picture. She looks like the crypt keeper.
Hollywood is filled with talentless fake blondes who make a few movies & fade into oblivion. So technically she’s right about that. History does repeat itself. Most of the time these people just go away & you never hear from them again. Looking forward to Jessie’s history repeating follow-through on that one.
I don’t think she’s capable of either.
I guess she’s branching out from her former days as Congress’s expert witness on on agricultural matters.
We had Leonard Pitts give the commencement at the college here in my town - they’re sure scraping the barrel...
She is right about a few things in that comparison. We have one every major battle and the left still thinks we are losing. They are will now as then to let the bad guys win. Fortunately this time most of the sheeple have not bought their defeatist attitude.
I am think about. Maybe I no do. But I tell-a you what ingenuity we plan and you tell me what you think. Kong-a lay dead, and how you say scientist come and take apart, and Kong come like Frunkensteen you know Frunkensteen and he come crazy bad. He kill everyone. And Dwan (Jessica Lange) is now a big-a time movie star and she say, Hey, Kong, remember me? She jumps in his hand, he picks her up, put her to his face, smile and then . . . womp, he eat her. You like, Mary?
Dino de Laurentiis, interviewed by Mary Murphy.
I think bad plastic surgery got Jessica. She had beautiful bone structure, but it looks like surgery ruined it. Feh on her Iraq/Vietnam comments too.
What’s wrong with her forehead on that last one?
We don't want to repeat that mistake in Iraq. And from a geopolitical perspective, Iraq is far more important to us strategically than Vietnam.
I would support the comparison. In the Vietnam conflict the media and congress partnered in assuring our defeat. The same thing has been happening in Iraq. The media and congress are doing the job of our enemies to assure our defeat.
"If you're going to eat me then eat me! Go ahead eat me!"
The defeatist Dems would like to turn Iraq into Vietnam by abandoning a winnable war, and allowing the chaos that will ensue as a result.
Is there anything left on this face that is real?!
Lange was married to photographer Paco Grande from 1970-1981. Since 1982, she has lived with playwright/actor Sam Shepard. She has three children, Alexandra (born 1981) with dancer/actor Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Hannah Jane (born 1985) and Walker Samuel (born 1987) with Shepard. Lange currently lives in New York City.
Lange is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. She has also been a public critic of President George W. Bush, once calling his administration, "a self-serving regime of deceit, hypocrisy and belligerence".
such as the unexpected invitations that took her from a Midwestern college art class to a Parisian mime school to a Hollywood screen test, all within six years.
So she stood around a city street corner and made faces at people ... for an average of 2 years . ;)
I remember my wife’s graduation. She had a nutbar like this, too. The last guy however, had a great, appropriate speech, with just a hint of parody of those who use these occasions to make personal or political statements. All I recall is his closing line” In years to come, you will always remember this day, but if you remember this speaker at all, I hope you will say “He was brief, he was funny, and he talked about his grandkids””.
It sucks that almost no one in education anymore can define the word “appropriate”.
At 22, for me, the Vietnam war was in its seventh year. Nixon was employing round-the-clock bombing. We were destroying the infrastructure, the people, and the countryside of Vietnam to save it from the Communists.
History repeats itself.
Today, for you at 22, the Iraq war is in the sixth year. Thousands of American soldiers killed. Tens of thousands wounded. Hundreds of thousands Iraqis dead. The infrastructure and land destroyed to save it from (and this is a movable feast) first, tyranny, and then, terrorists.
Now, some of you may feel this is not the proper occasion to make mention of this. However, I would be remiss in addressing a group of young adults if I were to deliberately ignore the political realities that they are faced with.
We are all citizens of a troubled world, yet it is your generation that carries the weight of the future on your shoulders. We are living in an America that in the last seven and a half years has waged an unnecessary war, established prison camps, condoned torture, employed corporate armies, eliminated the right of habeas corpus, practiced extraordinary rendition, and believe me, this is only a partial listI had to keep myself in check.
I don’t wish to dwell on the misery caused by this administration, but that legacy is being passed down to you. It is a heavy burden to inherit and will require tremendous dedication and hard work to put it right again. You must determine if we are going to measure ourselves on the basis of military might and economic power or if there is perhaps something deepermore essential in our national characterthat needs to be awakened.
It's about the only type of publicity she can get, given she's now one of those used up and thrown away actresses from the late 1970's and early 1980's. Once upon a time I enjoyed her performances, notably that of 1982's smash comedy Tootsie, for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress award. I tell you right now, those days have long since evaporated. I'd rather enjoy the work of the youngsters in Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Queen Latifah, Patricia Heaton (should she ever star in an upcoming major film), and Steve Carrell.
Jessica and her ilk are so over and major league has beens.
dumber then a doorknob..
Persistent anti-Americans are for sure.
Jessica, Vietnam was a cog in the wheel which eventually brought down the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall....
Just do what you are best at and act. Don't think!
Hmmm, well it’s far away, like way “over there”
It has “east” in the regional name
US military troops are deployed there fighting day and night, while Ivy Leaguers go about their privileged perrier lives and bitch about the intellectually inferior “warmongering idiot” in the White House .....
Yup- sure is a LOT like Vietnam!
History does indeed repeat itself. There’s always some aging has-been railing against reality at an institution that doesn’t matter much anyway. Sarah Lawrence? Who ever heard of that place; or if they did, why? Anyone from there ever do anything both reputable and noteworthy?
What is it about them that makes them so terribly blood thirsty?
An old moonbat preaching to a bunch of dumbass, young moonbats.
The kids’ parents wasted a boatload of money sending their offspring to these leftist indoctrination centers.
Anyone from there ever do anything both reputable and noteworthy?
I know of the college because I am from Yonkers.
Age, face-lifts and Botox have not been good to Jessica.
If only she’d stayed at the mime school.
I don’t think he is with her anymore. He is a hunk. I did like Jessica in the Patsy Klein story.
She hasn’t aged badly.
Check out Sybill Shepard if you want to see aging badly.
And she wasn’t bad in some movies, but libs always get looney when given the mike.
Poor Jessica. With age did not come wisdom but visible revelation of her inner ugliness.
Just remember: her views are agreed upon by the majority of the American sheep.
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Mt question is... (maybe I misunderstood your post) Why are you still here if you can’t understand the importance of our (your, since I have been in Japan for many years now) safety to the country of the United States of America and the people who make it the greatest country that it now is? And why do you exaggerate the process that makes it so? I don’t know you, nor can I see your personality or read your mind... but this post that I am replying to makes you seem to be pretty far left... please forgive me if I’m wrong.... and it is, after all, a free country.... not to mention the thousands, if not millions, of lives taken for protecting it.
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Sarah Lawrence? Who ever heard of that place; or if they did, why? Anyone from there ever do anything both reputable and noteworthy?Good question... I've never heard of it..
Just remember: her views are agreed upon by the majority of the American sheep.
my Dog is smarter than she is, and he's been DEAD for six years!!!BOTH are great points!!
[”It is a heavy burden to inherit.”]
I would like to know what ‘burden’ anything, in the outside world, has affected this loon except stupidity and bad surgery.
I used to wonder why leftist speakers are so “popular” at colleges. I know of two reasons. One is after telling the crowd what they want to hear, they also keep the students and graduates separation from reality going. The second reason is that they’re available. A non leftist speaker who would give them worthwhile advice is probably hard to get being that they’re usually doing something important.
After reading her speech I also came to the conclusion that the people who select the speakers want to make sure that the students feel that they’re smarter than the speaker.
Only the lucky.
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