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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A hearty welcome back to everyone's favorite celebrity nut job

She's at it again.

There was Streisand, enduring a smattering of very loud jeers as she and "George Bush" -- a celebrity impersonator -- muddled through a skit that portrayed the president as a bumbling idiot.

Though most of the crowd offered polite applause during the slightly humorous routine, it got a bit too long, especially for a few in the audience who just wanted to hear Streisand sing like she had been doing for the past hour.

"Come on, be polite!" the well-known liberal implored during the sketch as she and "Bush" exchanged zingers. But one heckler wouldn't let up. And finally, Streisand let him have it.

"Shut the (expletive) up!" Streisand bellowed, drawing wild applause. "Shut up if you can't take a joke!"

Here's a clue for Streisand and all other angry left entertainers. First of all, people don't want to hear your political views on stage. They want to hear you sing. Every now and then people tolerate your opinions because they're usually brief and only a minor distraction. But when you go out and hire a Bush impersonator to be part of your act...which, by the way, doesn't involve comedy...then you should prepare to be criticized.

Second of all, outbursts like this only go to prove that many Democrats...supposedly the more tolerant of the two parties...are usually only tolerant of people with similar views and extremely intolerant of those who oppose them (for additional proof read the "Hitler", "sexless" and "I hope Ann Coulter dies" comments in those fields below). Sure, she was being heckled at her own concert, but her response seems to be a good indicator of her personality.


Blogger M-D said...

I thought Tom Cruise was everyone's favorite celebrity nut job...? Or, at the very least, Anna Nicole Smith.

You'd think that someone with Streisand's money and influence could have easily booked Will Ferrell (for my money, the only decent Bush-a-like out there) to provide some 'live on tape' comedy (written by, say, Tina Fey) while Babs guzzles some Evian between sets.

The interesting thing (to me, anyway) is that she jumped to the conclusion that the heckling was politically-motivated; it never even occurred to her that the 'bit' she was doing wasn't terribly funny, or that the 'unwashed masses' in the audience probably spent a week's pay for that ticket to see her sing, and not to lame "comedy".

The thing to remember about politics is that the further away from center you get (regardless of whether it's to the left or the right), the more tunnel-visioned and moronic the people get. For every Streisand, there's an Ann Coulter, and so forth.

10/10/2006 11:05 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

But at least Ann Coulter's specialty is politics. Streisand's speciality is singing.

Also, in case anyone's wondering, Ann Coulter's a little too extreme for me. I think that she makes some valid points occasionally, but they often get overshadowed by the way she presents them.

10/10/2006 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Darren R. Sussman said...

Errr....I agree with most of what you said, except for this:

"Second of all, outbursts like this only go to prove that many Democrats...supposedly the more tolerant of the two parties...are usually only tolerant of people with similar views and extremely intolerant of those who oppose them..."

...because, sure, there are stupid outbursts that "Democrats" make and there are equally stupid outbursts that "Republicans" make. Now, an interesting thing to note, at least in the current climate, is that many of the people making ridiculous comments on the right consider themselves Republicans, while many of the people on the left making ridiculous comments are really more anti-Bush/current administration than anything specifically party related.

As M-D said, there are nutjobs on both sides. I think, personally, that the Republican nutjobs are a lot more prevalent these days, but lord knows that the liberal nutjobs exist, too.

10/11/2006 9:19 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

But wouldn't the anti-Bush people predominantly be Democrats? Sure, you have the (perhaps) even farther left Green Party people or other alternate parties like Libertarians who would be anti-Bush, but those have a smaller base.

Of course, nutjobs exist on both sides. But this level of anger simply didn't exist among Republicans during the Clinton years. And this is something that's goes back beyond the Iraq war, back to when Bush beat Gore in 2000. It harbored a lot of bad sentiment and put him in a position with Democrats that nothing he did would be right.

10/11/2006 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Darren R. Sussman said...

Well, yes it's true that a lot of anti-Bush people are probably Democrats, they may not necessarily identify themselves that way. See what I'm saying? For instance, taking myself, I'm not a very political person. I don't think of myself as a Democrat, although I probably am and always vote that way, but I don't identify myself as a Democrat. I definitely would label myself anti-Bush, though.

And you're right that there wasn't this kind of sentiment when Clinton was in office. But the Clinton administration and those years were not nearly as polarized and insanely divided. Bush era Republicans (and Democrats, as a result) have pushed so far to each side of the aisle that it seems like there can't be any middle ground anymore, and so the crazies just end up getting crazier (and more vocal).

10/12/2006 2:37 PM  

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