Award season in Hollywood always offers a fine array of enlightening celebrity comments. Yesterday’s Golden Globes did not disappoint. We were graced with this bit of wisdom from Tom Hanks on California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage:
“I hope it is reversed–I think it’s anti-American,” Hanks said. It passed, he said, “because in any given election in the state of California, you could put commercials on the air and convince anyone of anything for a while. . . But we’re America, and we’re going to do the right thing. I wish you could get married to whoever you want to get married to, because love is love.”
Without delving into the merits of Proposition 8, I think we can agree this is the Hollywood trifecta of political discourse. First, he accuses his opponents of being “anti-American.” Despite claims to the contrary, President Bush and Republicans never would have dreamed of saying the same about the Hollywood gang. But so long as your intentions are pure it’s perfectly fine to excoriate your fellow citizens in the most vile terms.
Second, putting commercials on the air to win elections is unacceptable political conduct? No, no–not the billion-dollar ad campaign by Barack Obama; everyone else’s political campaigns are just gross manipulation of the dummies out there.
And third, we’re going to “get it right” and correct the errors of the the little people–the bigots and the ignoramuses–because getting it “right” is something which liberal elites do routinely. Without the benefit of crude ad campaigns even!
Liberals often seem clueless as to why so many Americans resent them. Perhaps it’s because they are tired of being called anti-American dullards and having their democratic decisions voided by their elite betters. And proponents of gay marriage would do well to find different supporters, ones who show less contempt for other Americans and for democracy itself.