Editor’s Note: Whether on screen or off, Hollywood can always be counted on to keep us entertained. This is especially true when it comes to politics. Join us each week as we shine the spotlight on Tinseltown’s A-listers and their whacky and sometimes inspiring takes on today’s current events.
The media went wild this past week as Hilaria Baldwin’s Spanish origins were questioned and then laughed off the stage. Hillary Hayward-Thomas has been trying to pass herself off as a Spaniard for years, yet her façade was shattered when it was revealed that the yoga teacher had grown up, since the age of three, in a 100-year-old, $4 million home in Boston.
Although she claims the heritage, as Liberty Nation’s Legal Affairs Editor Scott D. Cosenza said: “Her parents are a lawyer and a Harvard professor, who are neither Spanish nor Hispanic and speak with no foreign accent.” While Hilaria tries to defend her claim to Spain, her husband, the radical left actor Alec Baldwin, was tweeting his fury about President Donald Trump in what some would say constitutes a threat.
Just before Christmas, Mr. Baldwin wanted to know who would arrest Trump if he doesn’t concede the presidency to Joe Biden. “The thug who destroyed the country. What does he deserve” he tweeted, and suggested options such as, “A knee on the neck, cutting off his oxygen?” The Hollywood A-lister has not been discrete about his dislike for the president or his supporters. In November, he asked for the president to be buried in a Nazi graveyard, and in September, he called Trump a “fascist wh—e” that needed to be removed “from our lives.” In August, the actor said Trump supporters suffer from mental illness and that anyone who spoke at the Republican National Convention was high on drugs.
LN Rating: Two thumbs down for the Baldwin duo.
Cross is too Cross to Unite
Joe Biden’s tweet requesting unity didn’t go over well for conservatives who, as LN’s James Fite said, feel that “Not a single moment has passed since Citizen Trump became President Trump in which someone wasn’t plotting to prematurely end – or at the very least, obstruct – his presidency.” It also didn’t sit well with actor David Cross who took to Twitter to demand the very opposite.
In a rant, he wrote: “F–k that. I want blood.” But he is not the only one, by far, to share their hatred of the right and anyone to do with the president. Actress Rosanna Arquette referred to the Republican Party as the “Nazi Gestapo.” Comedian Wanda Sykes thinks all Trump voters are racists, and actress Debra Messing aligns with Baldwin calling for violence.
LN Rating: Two thumbs down, only because I don’t have more than two. It is okay not to agree or even like another political party. It is not, however, acceptable to call for violence or to verbally harass others.
Death to 2020: A Review
On December 27, Netflix released the mockumentary Death to 2020. As the title suggests, it is a recap of 2020’s greatest hits, overplayed and sensationalized by Hollywood’s elite. The panel of so-called experts includes history professor Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow as an over-the-top conservative politico, Samuel L. Jackson as a reporter, with Tracey Ullman portraying Queen Elizabeth II.
The movie highlights specific events such as the coronavirus pandemic and the presidential election with snarky and exaggerated performances. Diane Morgan, who plays an average British citizen, is perhaps my favorite because she thinks the news is a drama series called “America” and that the presidential elections are a confusing game show — funny stuff there.
You do need a good sense of humor and not be easily offended, however. While the show takes pops at both sides of the aisle, it is obviously left-leaning and another excuse to malign Donald Trump. For example, Kudrow’s character abruptly switches sides after Biden is announced president-elect by the media and claims to have never supported Trump in an attempt to portray Republicans as fickle and jumping ship when it looks to be sinking. And the soccer mom, played by Cristin Milioti, is an example of the “Karens” who go around accusing black people of stealing just about everything.
LN Rating: This almost gets two thumbs up. It is humor mixed in with a little truth – emphasis on “little” – and is billed as a mockumentary, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it is making a mockery of 2020, but because it was more outrageous to Trump supporters and those on the right, I can’t give it a full two thumbs up. You be the judge.
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