What is it with Hollywood actors who think they know it all? If they weren’t so arrogant and contemptuous, I’d ignore them.
First, it’s high-school dropout Cher, born Cheryl Sarkisian.
On the Randi Rhodes radio show last week, the 66-year-old entertainer whose face now resembles a plastic mask after surgical implants, collagen, skin peels and facelifts, mouthed off about “the racist GOP” and called for a “revolution.”
You can hear the interview on Breitbart.com. Click here.
Message to Cher: “Revolution? Careful what you wish for. We conservatives take seriously the 2nd Amendment and are well-armed.”
Then there’s actress Emily Mortimer.
I know, I know. You’re saying “Emily who?” I’d never heard of her either, until I saw the news link on Drudge Report.
Anyhoo, Emily Mortimer is a British actress in Aaron Sorkin’s new TV series “The Newsroom” — the critically panned show that’s described as “set behind the scenes of a crusading cable news show.” (Just what America needs — yet another liberal TV show by the left-wing Sorkin, on journalists as left-wing “crusaders” instead of reporting the news. I’ll make a note to myself never to watch “The Newsroom,” not that I was going to anyway.)
In an interview with Salon.com, Mortimer called Americans uninformed and the TEA Party movement “lunatic”:
“I was very interested in the politics. I am kind of a political person. There was a time when I was in school when I thought maybe that’s what I was going to do. I got all into the idea of politics and anarchists and Kropotkin, this Russian guy who founded the anarchist party. I got completely besotted by the idea of anarchy as the way that we should all live our lives and I was ready to kind of go fight for my belief, but then I got to university and did lots of plays and kind of forgot about that.
I can remember when Bush got in for the second time, just feeling like so much of the problem about the way that politics go here is that people are improperly informed. That they didn’t know that they had been lied to, or they didn’t understand exactly to what extent they had been, and they still thought that there were weapons of mass destruction. And that was just crazy to me that people could be so under-informed. I do think that there’s a difference in America to where I’m from. There’s so much wrong with England, but I think people are informed in general. I’m going to make a huge sweeping statement, but you just get the news much more [in England]. Listening to radio stations that play pop music all day and all night, the news will come on every two hours, foreign news too. It’s part of your daily routine, being informed about what’s going on in the world. Whether you like it or not, you can’t really escape it. I don’t think the same is true here, and television broadcast news especially seems to me to be a pretty dicey area. You can’t rely on getting the facts, or getting them presented in a way that is actually objective and makes sense and puts people in a position where they can make informed decisions about who to vote for. It’s just over-sensationalized and, as our show keeps pointing out, one of the big problems is that they act like there’s just two definite sides to every discussion — and that’s just not necessarily the case, but it feeds into the way this country has just become completely polarized. This Tea Party is presented on the television as the viable alternative instead of like a lunatic fringe.”
Like so many faux revolutionaries, whether anarchist or Marxist (same difference!), 40-year-old Emily Mortimer was born into wealth and privilege, the daughter of Sir John Mortimer. Her education consisted of studying at St Paul’s Girls’ School in west London “where she appeared in several student productions,” followed by a stint (but not graduating) in Oxford University, “where she read Russian at Lincoln College and performed in several plays.”
Wow. Those sure are learnéd credentials! Compared to Mortimer, my B.A., M.A., Ph.D. and Full Professorship in Political Science definitely pale into insignificance!
Mortimer is married to a no-name American actor (Alessandro Nivola), with whom she has two kids. In 2010, Mortimer naturalised as an American citizen for “cynical reasons” in order to avoid paying inheritance tax in the event of anything happening to her husband. She now holds dual British and American citizenship. Mortimer is an atheist.
Her maternal grandfather was a pig farmer.