I wasn’t going to post on Tom Hanks’ MSNBC appearance in detail, or O’Reilly’s reaction to it for a couple of reasons:
- I would then be forced to also point out that O’Reilly thinks anyone who doesn’t agree to do his show is scared of him.
- I wasn’t sure if there was anything I could add to the debate that John Nolte hasn’t already said.
Why does Hanks feel the need to release Barack Obama endorsement videos? Why does he take pot shots at conservatives in liberal echo chambers that are so in sync with his own views that he might as well be talking with a coconut named Wilson? And what’s worse, the way he laughs at his own jokes, as if he’s broken new ground (or thinks he’s the first guy to create fire) makes him look like a petty jerk.
I don’t quite know what it is with Hollywood actors, but at some point they feel guilty about making boat loads of money for cinematic skid marks like Joe Versus The Volcano. Or perhaps guys like Hanks never really buy into the system because they think that if one or two auditions had gone just a tad differently they’d be just another Judge Reinhold. Whatever the case, in order to make up for their guilt and insecurities they turn to preaching self-congratulation as a form of social policy. And that’s fine. Where they go wrong, though, is opting to go with smarmy sniping as their preferred method of persuasion over honest dialogue. I guess that’s to be expected. As Nolte notes:
“…when you live in a bubble where no one ever says ‘Huh?,” much less challenges you, those are the kinds of things you start to say and believe.”
And that’s the truth. It’s just sad that Hollywood doesn’t see it (or doesn’t want to see it), because the next generation of conservatives have Twitter, Youtube, Breitbart, and other media set up to expose them. And as much as I love a good movie, I have no qualms taking down Hanks like he had no problem taking down The Klopeks. (“I was eight-teen months in the bush and I can snap your neck like a twig.”)
See you in the No Spin Zone, Tom. Or that show where wishing people dead qualifies as A-list comedy. Whichever comes first.