Civilization’s Fragility III – The Hollywood Oscars

Note from November 2007: This was originally posted on a blog of mine that was hosted on Blogger. I’ve since imported that blog over here to C Good’s Things on WordPress.

On his blog Walternatives, Walt Junewick had a link to Ben Stein’s comments about the Oscars. Walt says he didn’t watch the Oscars this year and hasn’t watched them for quite a few years, and I don’t blame him. I haven’t watched them in a long time either.

Ben Stein’s comments about the Oscars appear in The American Spectator, and are very pointed. I’d quote the whole thing here if I could, but that’s kind of taboo, so I’ll just quote a couple of key points:

Basically, the sad truth is that Hollywood does not think of itself as part
of America, and so, to Hollywood, the war to save freedom from Islamic
terrorists is happening to someone else. It does not concern them except insofar
as it offers occasion to mock or criticize George Bush. They live in dreamland
and cannot be gracious enough to thank the men and women who pay with their
lives for the stars’ ability to live in dreamland. This is shameful.


Hollywood is above all about self: self-congratulation, self-promotion, and
above all, self-protection. This is human and basic, but let’s not kid
ourselves. There is no greatness there in the Kodak theater. The greatness is on
patrol in Kirkuk. The greatness lies unable to sleep worrying about her man in
Mosul. The greatness sleeps at Arlington National Cemetery and lies waiting for
death in VA Hospitals. God help us that we have sunk so low as to confuse
foolish and petty boasting with the real courage that keeps this nation and the
many fools in it alive and flourishing on national TV.

It’s a good article.

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