June 05, 2004
When I played guitar for a living, it didn't take me long to understand that the only music a bar owner gives a shit about is the ringing of the cash register. If I couldn't draw people inside and make them sit down and spend money, my music wasn't worth a damn. So, I learned to be an actor.
The music I played was good and it was the most important thing to me, but that music didn't keep me working for six years as a solo act. I taught myself to juggle, tell jokes and introduce most songs with a funny story. I interacted with the crowd, handled hecklers and generally had a damn good time on stage. Even when I WASN'T having a good time, I acted as if I were. That was part of the job. I developed "Stage Presence."
But I never believed that the fact that I could handle a crowd in a bar made me any smarter than the next guy. Whatever celebrity I enjoyed at the time didn't make me smart. I learned a craft, that's all. Intelligence had nothing to do with it.
So... I always wonder. Why do some "celebrities" believe that their opinions count for diddly-shit in this world? Especially ACTORS, who gained their fame pretending to be people that they aren't and parroting words that they didn't write? WTF gives THESE PEOPLE the right to opine on ANYTHING and expect to be taken seriously?
I give you Danny Glover:
"We all know Reagan's legacy, from the Iran-Contra affair to the funding of the Nicaraguan military in which over 200,000 people died. The groundwork for the move steadily to the right happened with the Reagan administration. People want to elevate him to some mythic level; they have their own reason for doing that." - actor Danny Glover, at an anti-war rally in Los Angeles.
Danny, you dickwit. Read some history instead of your next script and you might understand Nicaragua, and what actually happened to the country under Daniel Ortega, which you obviously don't now.
No, I have a better idea. Just shut the fuck up, asshole.
It is sad when those mindless numnuts in hollywood can not even extend the same level of civility towards a man who extended it to both sides of the aisle when he was president. I would agree with your last sentence completely.
His quote about people elevating Reagan to mythical proportions for thier "own reasons" is very interesting...could it be HE has his own reasons for Knocking a President whos just passed? I will never look at Glover the same again...Isn't he one of "those" who thinks Castro is a pretty ok guy? Makes me want to spit...ah well..thanks for getting the word out...I saw this article on free republic and it made me nuts. Trease
Did Glover say thius shit today?
"Whether you agreed or disagreed with Ronald Reagan, you can't deny that he was honest, fought hard for what he believed in, and had the courage of his convictions,'' said Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat
Even a sad sack like schumer could have some dignity today, unlike that @#$& glover.
Add him to the list of actors I will never give one dime of my money to watch in a film.
President Reagan is now resting in a shining city for real. God bless Nancy, the last years must have been so incredibly difficult.
Don't you give me Danny Glover! You take him right back!
Glover is the same sack of shit who slobbers all over Castro, so I can't say I'm surprised. Reagan killed the USSR, and Glover is a little communist shitwad.
Intelligence is completely independent of one's chosen profession. Bill Cosby, a great entertainer and a very smart man. Danny Glover, the exact opposite.
Hell, I could share a few of the stories I've heard come out of the overextended pie-holes of people in the theatre industry, but quite frankly, I've better things to do with my time.
Unfortunately, these days, intelligent actors whom think before engaging their mouths are a small minority.
See, most people who get into acting are college (or highschool) dropouts with delusions of grandeur. Those who suck enough appendage to get their break find themselves saddled with far more money and far more attention than they know what to do with. So, they run their mouths about things they often don't even understand just so they can get it in print or on the tube.
Fame is an addiction, and few people know how to handle it.
Danny Glover isn't an asshole, he's a bona fide commie. He isn't ignorant of the horrors of Daniel Ortega - he supported them and believes in their twisted bullshit worldview and powerlust. Hell, I can tolerate assholes who shoot their mouths off out of ignorance, but this guy is of another breed entirely - he means it.
Why do some "celebrities" believe that their opinions count for diddly-shit in this world? Especially ACTORS, who gained their fame pretending to be people that they aren't and parroting words that they didn't write?
Reagan was an actor, and his presidential speeches were written by other people like Peggy Noonan.
b-o-b - Reagan was PRESIDENT. Glover's a hack.
Seriously --- can any of you name a POTUS (or British PM, or...) in living memory that routinely wrote his own speeches? Winston Churchill did --- but then he had been making a (lavish) living at writing for decades *before* he became PM.
PS: did some Googling. See here, here and here at that bulwark of the VRWC, PBS.
The short of it: even George Washington occasionally sought help from Alexander Hamilton, but Calvin Coolidge was the first president to have an official full-time speechwriter, and every president (including FDR and JFK!) since then has had several. They quote a Nixon speechwriter who said that Nixon preferred to speak off the cuff, except on occasions like the State of The Union (where he cites an average of 14 drafts).