Protest Like Ghandi- Skip One Meal
While the laughs were minimal in this satiric look at Hollywood's "rolling fast" protest against the Iraq War, Mark Steyn did provide notice of the latest sophomoric attempt at gravitas by this pampered group of egotists.
Liberal Hollywood actors (and we hope they remain liberal) are holding this protest where they... oh, let's have Agence-France Presse explain:
''As Americans get set to fire up barbecues in patriotic celebration of U.S. Independence Day on July 4, anti-war protesters planned to savor a last meal outside the White House, before embarking on a 'Troops Home Fast' at midnight . . .
''Penn, Sarandon, novelist Alice Walker and actor Danny Glover will join a 'rolling' fast, a relay in which 2,700 activists pledge to refuse food for at least 24 hours, and then hand over to a comrade.''
Their determination is striking. And their loss of 4-5 pounds will not hurt them as they prepare for their next role. However, Steyn suggests that Gwyneth and Cameron (the girl one) should do the opposite as an effective means of protest. They could "put on 20 pounds for every month Bush refuses to end his illegal war".
But these actors are unable to recognize silliness of their protest. Writes Steyn:
The problem for the ''activists'' is that the entire anti-war movement is undernourished. Indeed, in all their contempt for America as an effete narcissistic ninny too soft and self-absorbed to stand any pain, even al-Qaida couldn't have come up with as withering a parody of the Great Satan's decadence as a celebrity pseudo-fast. As the great Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean said on his deathbed: ''Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.'' Not for Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon.