Those days are no more. Now we’re just shills for no-talent pop stars.
Note that this list was compiled by Townhall.com, a conservative website.
Three talk show hosts are in the Top 10: Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh. A fourth, Mark Levin, ranks 12th.
3) Sarah Palin: The former VP candidate has a fanatical following, regularly makes news for her attacks on the Obama Administration, and did more to get women elected in 2010 than any one human being ever has before in a single election cycle. Palin has enormous juice, but the key question is always, “What is she going to do with it? Run for office? Get other Republicans elected? Become the conservative Oprah?” Time will tell.
Jake Gyllenhall, discussing his role in “Brokeback Mountain” with “Inside the Actors Studio” host
Mary Hart James Lipton, said he took the gay rumors as a “huge compliment.”
How so? You’re born gay, you don’t choose it. Why praise something one has no control over?
I’m not picking on Gyllenhall (his mom was one of my favorite professors at USC), but I find such toadying by celebs a bit patronizing.
He’d probably call
McCarthy 2.0 Cruz “one of the good ones.”
The Daily Beast’s Jamelle Bouie frames Cruz’s praise of Helms in the context of the GOP’s far-right tilt:
When then-Senator Trent Lott praised Strom Thurmond and his segregationist campaign for president in 1948—”We voted for him. We’re proud of it.”—it all but cost him his career. In a sane world, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz would also be on the political ropes, in his case, for cheering the late Jesse Helms of North Carolina, an unreconstructed bigot who devoted his life to the defense of white supremacy and the advancement of far-right politics. Instead, Cruz—who in many ways is the ideological successor to Helms—will lose nothing, and continue to act as the avatar for forces that will destroy the Republican Party if they aren’t stopped.
Jimmy Connors was/is something of an asshole, but he had everyone rooting for him during an improbable run to the semis in the 1991 U.S. Open.
It’s easy to pick on a college student for writing something dumb — and there’s no debating the ignorance of comparing Martin Luther King Jr. to rapper Macklemore, who has a hit song out about marriage equality. But the culture in which West Virginia University undergrad Kaitlyn O’Neal was raised deserves some blame for her startling lack of context.
Way too many millennials conflate the civil rights movement with the fight to legalize gay marriage or end DADT. Quoting Fran Lebowitz, there’s a difference between being marginalized and being oppressed. (I grew up gay in the South in the 1980s so I know what I’m talking about.)
Hyperbole, particularly when it pertains to celebrity activism, is another culprit.
For instance, Lady Gaga’s support of equality shouldn’t be classified as “brave.” Admirable, sure, but what’s brave about it? She’s not challenging her fan base or risking her livelihood any more than Macklemore is. If anything, it’s a good career move.
And this is why college football gets on my nerves.
Not to mention black gay and lesbians — all converging on downtown Atlanta this weekend.
Nick Saban is a lovely guy.
Just before he reaches his Mercedes, Saban is approached by an Alabama fan who wants to thank the coach for signing a football for his son. It meant so much to the boy, the man says. Saban gives the man a confused look, as if not comprehending how this large animate object had suddenly appeared in his path, and gets in the car without saying a word.
How big of a jerk is Saban? During SEC Media Days, reporters were forced to wait outside the restroom until His Highness relieved himself.
Sarah Palin on Tuesday announced she has signed onto the effort to defund Obamacare, calling it a “beast” that must be stopped.
Funny, that’s what I call her.