Brent Bozell

Clearly, Hollywood people think their kind of people are "healers" because they're peacemakers who don't start wars. But how would celebrities keep the country safe? How would Hollywood respond to 9/11? They don't have to have a clue. "All you need is love" is about all they have to offer.

With the affairs of man so neatly resolved, it's time to extend this "healing" crusade to animal rights. Cher's also been active recently in trying to end any elephant exhibits at the Los Angeles Zoo, alongside other celebrities like Lily Tomlin and Bob Barker. They want to move a longtime resident elephant named Billy out of the zoo.

"I'm not a fanatic. I just love animals, like most Americans," she told the city council. "They say it's always been done this way, there's always been elephants in zoos. But it doesn't make it right because we've had other things we're ashamed of -- like slavery."

But the stars' desperate protests -- and Cher's devastating logic -- weren't enough to convince L.A. officials, who voted 11-4 to finish the $42-million "Pachyderm Forest" elephant enclosure for Billy and others. Zoo professionals were not impressed with the celebrity activists: "No disrespect, but if you want to know about a concert, talk to Cher," zookeeper Joshua Sisk told council members. "If you want to know about the zoo, let's talk to professionals at the zoo."

Like many a Hollywood liberal, Cher's sympathies for animals don't extend to human babies. She starred and helped direct a pro-abortion film for HBO in 1996. She told Newsweek at the time she was passionate from personal experience: "Our mother almost died from an illegal abortion when I was little. Our grandmother had a desperate coat-hanger abortion when she was young. I had four miscarriages before I got pregnant with my daughter. I had two abortions. Legal." She was upset there was still an abortion debate. "If men had babies, we wouldn't be having this conversation. It would be a done deal."

Celebrities like Cher are rarely pressed to reconcile their arguments. How is it inhumane to keep an elephant in captivity, but humane to murder an innocent human baby? The media merely want to exploit their star power, so it doesn't matter to them whether celebrities are making sense. Hurray for the hollowness of Hollywood.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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