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Time to Vet Obama's Biggest Backers in Hollywood

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Rapper Cee Lo Green flipping off a crowd and dropping F-bombs at an Obama fundraiser wasn’t about, well, a famous American songwriter carpet bombing an audience with R-rated material at a presidential rally.

Neither was the story of Hollywood legend Robert De Niro blathering about America not ready to go back to the days of a “white” first lady really about the sheer stupidity and insensitivity of such a remark.

And nor was Elle Macpherson’s proud proclamation that she’s an Obama supporter and socialist about the obliviousness of a super model worth an estimated $60 million trashing the very type of economic system that bolstered her into fortune and fame.

The real story is that Hollywood is once again looking to market Obama to us like an iPad 2, just like they successfully did in 2008 when they launched a little-known senator from Chicago into stardom, as I explain in my brand-new book, Hollywood Hypocrites: The Devastating Truth About Obama’s Biggest Backers

“It’s not going to be as sexy” as 2008, Obama warned the glitterati recently. “If things are just smooth the whole way through, not only is it a pretty dull movie, but it doesn’t reflect our experience,” he added as he motivated his Tinseltown army to get excited about him one last time.

And they will. The same Hollywood loons who got Obama elected will do so again.

That is, unless we muzzle them.

How? Not the way the Left tries to do, by silencing dissent. But by putting their political stances and public statements under the microscope of scrutiny to analyze whether they live by the same policy prescriptions they seek to inflict on America.

They don’t.

Here’s a sampling:

Harrison Ford cut a commercial on YouTube where he got his chest waxed to bring awareness to global warming. Forget for a moment that nobody wants to see an aging Indiana Jones get his hair follicles ripped out by a beauty parlor babe, it turns out that Ford owns seven aircraft and has stated on the record that he “often flies up the coast for a cheeseburger.”

Barbra Streisand insists that we all have the power to curb global warming by “making simple, conscious decisions in [our] everyday lives.” This talk stands in sharp contrast to Streisand’s own behavior when she’s out on tour. In her contract, for example, she demands that she be supplied with “120 bath-sized towels immediately upon arrival” at production offices. Perhaps she needs all these towels to handwash the army of vehicles she requires for her tour. Among the fleet are thirteen fifty-three-foot semi-trailers, four rental vans, fourteen crew and band buses, and, of course, the requisite limo befitting any limousine liberal.

Matt Damon says he remains committed to the code of nonviolence and peace-loving progressivism his college professor mother indoctrinated him with. “Now I always look at the violence [in a script]. I don’t want it to be gratuitous. Because I do believe that that has an effect on people’s behavior. I really do believe that. And I have turned down movies because of that.” But apparently Damon’s disdain for violence ends where his lust for dirty lucre begins. The Bourne Trilogy, for instance, are orgies of violence. According to Forbes, Damon hauled in $26 million for The Bourne Supremacy alone.

Bruce Springsteen lashes out against tax cuts for the wealthy, arguing that such cuts “will eat away at the country’s heart and soul and spirit." There’s one small problem with Springsteen’s anti-tax-cut posturing: the man is a first-rate tax evader. Because he has a part-time farmer come and grow a few tomatoes (organic, of course) and has horses, he’s able to write off 98 percent of his property taxes in the state of New Jersey. Do the math, by being a fake farmer, the working-class zero Springsteen is making a mint by robbing New Jersey of the antipoverty program funds he says they desperately need.

Michael Moore in 2008 decried Hollywood welfare in the form of so called state tax credit programs. “These are large multinational corporations—Viacom, GE, Rupert Murdoch—that own these studios,” said Moore. “Why do they need our money from Michigan, from our taxpayers? We’re already broke here?” Agreed. Flash forward to 2010. Following the release of Moore’s pro-socialism, anti-capitalism “documentary” film, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” a film that has grossed $17,436,509 in worldwide sales, Moore asked his cash-strapped home state of Michigan to fork over $1 million from the State of Michigan Film Office so he could get himself some of that same taxpayer “free cash.”

And on it on it goes. But what makes these hypocrisies particularly egregious is not what they say about human failings, but rather what they say about the illogic of Obama’s radical agenda against America. Not even his staunchest allies in Hollywood live by the same standard they want us all to abide by.

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