October 22, 2006


Hollywood's 'security celebs' new voting bloc for Republicans (Bridget Johnson, 10/21/2006, LA DAily News)

The security celeb is...a product of the 9-11 terrorist attacks - not only are there the security concerns of other Americans, but the added knowledge that radical Islamists see Hollywood as the bane of civilization, thus making them additional targets.

Two years ago, I heard producer and director David Zucker of "Airplane!" fame talk about his conversion to a "Sept. 11 Republican." A lifelong liberal with a keen interest in protecting the environment, security concerns prompted Zucker to switch to the GOP, making an anti-John Kerry television ad in 2004 and two new commercials for next month's midterm elections.

"I still can't believe I'm a Republican," Zucker told The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles earlier this month. "There are just certain things ingrained in our Jewish roots. Our fathers voted for Roosevelt, and we voted for JFK, Humphrey and Clinton. But the Democratic Party has changed."

Though the security celeb doesn't necessarily make the GOP crossover while making his concerns known, such as James Woods or Ron Silver, the security celeb may also be motivated by the left's increasing animosity toward Israel. As many left-wingers were marching in the streets against the Jewish state during the recent Hezbollah war, Spielberg's foundation donated $1 million toward relief efforts in Israel. Adam Sandler also donated 400 PlayStation consoles to Israeli children whose homes were hit by Hezbollah rockets.

Perhaps the most visible recent statement of the security celebrities was a full-page ad taken out in the L.A. Times in August, signed by dozens of Hollywood types including Nicole Kidman, Michael Douglas, Bernie Mac, Dennis Hopper, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Danny De Vito, Don Johnson, James Woods, Kelly Preston, Patricia Heaton, William Hurt, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Sam Raimi and Paramount chairman Sumner Redstone, as well as former Paramount chairwoman and longtime Democratic contributor Sherry Lansing.

"We the undersigned are pained and devastated by the civilian casualties in Israel and Lebanon caused by terrorist actions initiated by terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas," the ad read. "If we do not succeed in stopping terrorism around the world, chaos will rule and innocent people will continue to die. We need to support democratic societies and stop terrorism at all costs."

We were watching Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Claw the other night, which seems to be set in Canada for no other reason than so that Holmes can end the film with a ringing endorsement of our vital ally to the North, replete with quote from Winston Churchill--kind of sad that it's so noticeable that Hollywood was once patriotic.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 22, 2006 10:48 AM

Basil Rathbone's later Holmes movies, when he became a contemporary, rather than Victorian, character, often shared that patriotic theme. "Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon," in which Holmes quotes Shakespeare about "This England," is another example.

The Canadian setting of "The Scarlet Claw" -- not based on a Conan Doyle tale -- brings to mind the decision of the Dutch mystery writer Janwillem Van de Wettering to set one of his stories in Maine. He probably wanted a change of pace from Amsterdam. Setting Holmes in Canada similarly may have seemed new and fresh to the screenwriter and director. The ringing endorsement of our ally to the North just happened to fit in nicely.

Posted by: Ed Bush at October 22, 2006 1:43 PM

Most of the celebs who signed the August full-page ad remain die-hard Democrats; they just think that once their party takes over they will immediately come to their senses and end their de facto alliances with the anti-Israeli left on the Palestinian issue, while getting us out of Iraq (basically, they're 9/10 Democrats who want the U.S. on Israel's side, but don't want to do anything else in the Middle East, at least as long as no attack occurrs on American soil while a Democrat is in the White House).

Posted by: John at October 22, 2006 3:42 PM

Is there anything not to love about Bernie Mac?

Posted by: Pepys at October 22, 2006 4:33 PM

The people who signed that statement know they live on the same planet as the rest of us. The moonbats, like Norman Lear's wife who wants people to take to the streets if the Dems don't win next month, are so far removed from reality, they have no clue about ...

BTW - We love James Woods new show, "Shark."

Posted by: erp at October 23, 2006 9:49 AM