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Hollywood Hypocrites: The Devastating Truth…

Hollywood Hypocrites: The Devastating Truth About Obama's Biggest Backers

by Jason Mattera

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Interesting topics but sophomore level writing. ( )
  starkravingmad | Sep 30, 2012 |
I'm having a hard time writing about this book. Yes, it's a great overview of the gross liberal hypocrisy of Hollywood. Yeah, it's extremely galling, and I think even liberals would find it interesting, since it documents how these people espouse their same ideals in public and snub them in private. And yes, it's important to recognize their hypocrisy because, like it or not, these celebrity blowhards do hold political sway (remember, 66% of voters 18-29 went for Obama -- you think that would have happened without high profile and popular celebs shilling for him?).

But it seems to me that there's a more basic truth to gain from the facts in this book. Why is there so much hypocrisy in liberal causes? Do they not really believe in "going green" or the validity of welfare programs or affirmative action? I can't think of any conservative principle that high-profile conservatives vehemently claim to support but regularly flout. And maybe that's because, according to Peter Schweizer as quoted in Hollywood Hypocrites, "conservatives who abandon their principles and engage in hypocrisy usually end up harming themselves and their families...liberals who do the same usually benefit." Maybe this says something about the principles themselves.

Jason Mattera does a great job of emphasizing that he doesn't blame these Hollywood hypocrites for trying to be "tax efficient" (read: pay less) or for making violent movies or for engaging in capitalism or owning guns or for flying private jets everywhere. What Mattera, and hopefully any reasonable reader, objects to is the fact that these celebs simultaneously demand that other people stop doing such things. These people want you to put YOUR money where THEIR mouth is, even though they have unreasonably big mouths and even bigger wallets. They want to restrict your freedom, knowing they have enough influence and/or dough to sidestep the restrictions.

The only thing I don't totally appreciate about Jason Mattera is his name-calling. His other book, Obama Zombies, was the same way. Now, it's obviously used for comedic effect, and it's NOT hateful or vulgar (like, say, Bill Maher), but I do think it gives detractors something to focus on so they can ignore the book's facts and argument. ( )
  edenic | Apr 2, 2012 |
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Draws on the author's experiences as an "ambush interview" radio host to confront inconsistencies in the liberal views of leading Hollywood celebrities who support President Obama, from Michael Moore to Angelina Jolie.

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