Skip to comments.Celebrity Worship for Wisdom, Fun, and Edification
Posted on 01/18/2011 5:57:00 AM PST by DanMiller
In a list of the years worst abuses against science, the Sense About Science (SAS) group debunked diet and exercise suggestions made by actors, pop stars and others to help the celebrities realize where they are going wrong and to help the public make sense of celebrity claims. It challenges such wisdom as reabsorbing sperm and wearing silicone bracelets to boost energy. Global warming? Well no, all real scientists agree that it puts us in mortal danger.
People love celebrities and what they say. Want Lady Gagas wisdom on Dont Ask, Dont Tell? On the horrors of global warming and how to deal with them? Katie Couric and her dreams of a Muslim version of The Cosby Show? The MSM in general? They are difficult to miss and, if even modestly attentive, so are their ideological foundations. Propaganda is much more easily swallowed (without bothering to chew) than is fact. It would be refreshing to laugh at such nonsense and MSM/celebrity statements about politics would be a good start. That sort of thing will not likely appear in the MSM anytime soon; like it or not, the MSM is in the bag and could doom any efforts to elect a competent president in 2012.
We love to laugh, and thats why humor can be highly effective for both good and ill. But with political correctness, who can be the butt of jokes? Incongruity is the soul of humor. How about a pretty white (anything else would be racist) female who doesnt fit into the mainstream conception of a politician but who impudently had the audacity to seek the second highest office in the land? Someone living way up in the wild north somewhere Alaska would be great. Maybe she could fish with her husband, hunt cuddly wild animals, be energetic, have a bunch of kids to be fair game for attack (sorry for the violent metaphor) and some really odd notions (can we hope for someone pro-life and pro-family?) making her the antithesis of a legitimate feminist so reasonable people couldnt possibly see poking fun at her as sexist.
Tina Fey, who achieved fame by becoming a Sarah Palin impersonator, managed to turn Governor I can see Russia from my living room Palin into an object of scorn a walking, talking blond joke; best not actually to be blond because that would mean stereotyping. It turns out that many of Ms. Feys countless fans attributed her stage persona to Governor Palin, possibly rendering her thereafter unelectable for any office higher than Moose Control Officer in some remote corner of Alaska. The silly demented girl still hasn't even learned the meaning of some simple English words such as defeat. Not only that, shes pretty, dammit. No effective female politician can be pretty and have gravitas too and besides, shes religious and isnt a Democrat! She is also, according to a Newsweek star, a borderline lunatic. Roseanne Barr says she is loon and I think shes kind of a traitor. Not only that, those who think otherwise are the dumbest people on Earth [and] on the government dole. (Ms. Barr later apologized for her remarks about Mrs. Palins ignorant supporters who, she said, had been duped.)