July 9, 2016 by gregrabidoux2013
What a week it has been friends.
From the shootings of young black men in Minnesota and Louisiana to the horrific ambush deaths of seven police officers to at least three more ambush shootings of police officers across the country responding to (phony) 911 calls, it has been simply unbearable.
The response of many Americans has ranged from shock and outrage to calls of restraint and compassion to an urging for vigilante style justice and “revenge.”
I am afraid we are going to endure a very long, hot and violent summer with echoes from the 1960s civil rights upheaval. Only this time it seems to be a toxic mix of race-driven and fueled killings and terrorist-jihadist inspired massacres. With assault rifles.
Let’s face it, sadly, we haven’t seen the last Pulse tragedy only the most recent.
But wait, my friends, there is another voice in the Hollywood wilderness. In fact, several voices and they are crying out for, well, a variety of things really. Let’s together take a peek and a listen.
Kim Kardashian, the Queen of being famous for virtually nothing sans her nasty sex video, being the wife of the tormented and incredibly wealthy or incredibly broke (depends, right?) Kanye West, and her fake lips, butt, breasts, thighs, chin, nose and anything else that could be held down long enough to be cut, plucked,sutured or injected had this to say;
“With so much going on out there, people don’t realize it’s not easy always being famous…being a celebrity.”
How true, double K. How true.
Kimbies was responding to criticism that she let 48 hours pass and still did not tweet or post anything in the aftermath of the MN and LA shootings.
Why were her fans demanding she do this? Well, as one put it “You (KK) and your family have come to symbolize what interracial love means and so you should use your power for good.”
Still. There is a point there at least about the power of being a celebrity. Especially in these violent and turbulent times.
In the 1960s actors and screen legends, white and black used their fame and media access to demand change. Sydney Poitier, Marlon Brando and Harry Belafonte epitomized the actor-as-advocate and drew crowds, attention and money for a range of civil rights causes. Brando even went so far as to have a native American Indian (Sasheen Littlefeather) demand justice for all Indians on his behalf at the 1973 Academy Awards right before she dropped the metaphorical bomb that he was refusing the award in protest.
Today, in addition to opinion-makers like Kimbies Kardashian we also have serious environmentalists who also happen to be Academy Award winners like Leo DiCaprio. Matt Damon who is helping to bring drinking water to people in need, Brad Pitt who continues to help New Orleans rebuild, his longtime love Angelina Jolie who works as a United Nations Refugee Ambassador and George Clooney who just hosted a fundraiser that reportedly raised over $12 million f0r candidate Hillary Clinton.
And Bruce Willis (yep, he’s still kicking) and Chuck Norris (also kicking for real) who have both made hefty contributions to the NRA and warned against “knee-jerk” regulations in the wake of the Pulse massacre.
And Mischa Burton. She of the O.C. fame posted what she apparently thought was a “heartfelt” Instagram photo to share her “pain” at the recent shootings of more young black men.
What’s wrong with that you ask?
Well, in the photo she is in a skimpy bikini, with windswept hair holding a glass of white wine on a yacht (Go ahead scroll up if need be and take another peek)
Celebrities. They are really just like us. Except when they are clearly not.
And Kaley Cuoco that little, lovable Big Bang Theory scamp.
She got herself in trouble right around the 4th of July when she posted an adorable photo of her patriotic pooches walking on and rubbing their paws and little behinds on top of “Old Glory” (the USA Flag).
Nice. A “penny” for her regrets now.
And Justin “Mr. Sexy Back” Timberlake.
He tweeted that fellow actor Jesse Williams who angrily criticized our nation’s police and leadership in response to these shootings was a bit off key and was a “poor soul” who just “didn’t get it.”
When JT’s fans rose up in a fiery twitter backlash, he sheepishly posted an apology and called for “compassion and love.”
And mentioned he’d probably stay away from twitter for awhile. Sage advice for many of his fellow celebs.
And what list of naughty or at least tone deaf celebrities would be complete without mentioning the “Biebs?”
Seems Justin Bieber apparently wondered out loud what all the fuss was (the shootings, the massacre) the world was overpopulated anyways. He (well, his agent/spokesperson) says he was just “teasing” and “didn’t mean any harm.”
Just another lovable, harmless celebrity using their massive wealth, media access and power for good I guess.
Even Steph Curry’s wife got into the act recently when she tweeted an angry tweet during the NBA finals that “they were rigged…for ratings and money.”
Well, she might have a point there, I’ll save that one for another day.
My point though for today?
Seems like celebrities across the board are just as confused, unsure and at a loss for both the best words and actions in response to the unspeakable violence and cruelty we all have witnessed recently.
Man, that is perfectly understandable.
It’s just so many more people actually seem to listen and care what they say and do during these tough times rather than ordinary folks like you and I. And that is scary.