Clooney: “I’m Proud to be Out of Touch”

George Clooney at the Oscars really expressed what is wrong with those in Hollywood. In his acceptance speech for best supporting actor, Clooney said this: “We are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood…It’s probably a good thing. We’re the ones that talked about aids when it was just being whispered and we talked about civil rights when it wasn’t really popular and we, you know, we bring up subjects…I’m proud to be a part of this community and I’m proud to be out of touch.”

So he is proud to be out of touch, well that’s good to know. However, this is really what Clooney meant to say:

“We talk about aids… and civil rights” and we talk about how we live in monstrous mansions with 10 bathrooms and have huge gates surrounding our property because we can’t have black people with aids coming in our houses. We talk about poverty when we have six maids, ten agents, and three houses in Europe. We talk about how evil capitalism is while getting thousand dollar spa treatments in Malibu. We talk about how evil oil is while flying in our private jets and driving our hundred thousand dollar sports cars through the streets of Hollywood. Yes, we are great and “I’m proud to be out of touch.” [Acceptance Speech Video].

You know what, George Clooney, next time you accept an award for your acting, yes you’re just an actor, how about doing the world a favor and keep your idiocy to yourself. And when you said “we talked about civil rights when it wasn’t popular," you’re right, your party really fought hard against Civil Rights legislation. “The Republican Party was not so badly split as the Democrats by the civil rights issue. Only one Republican senator participated in the filibuster against the bill. In fact, since 1933, Republicans had a more positive record on civil rights than the Democrats. In the twenty-six major civil rights votes since 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80 % of the votes. By contrast, the Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96 % of the votes.”[Congress Link]. It seemed Civil Rights was popular among the Republican Party…it just wasn’t popular among many Democrats.

As for my predictions, I went three for three. Phillip Seymour Hoffman won best actor (Capote), Ang Lee won best director (Brokeback Mountain) and Crash won best picture. Overall, it was a tame Oscar night. Some highpoints of the show were Jon Stewart's monologue and the rap group Triple Six Mafia won an Oscar. Stewart’s best joke was when he said, “for those out there keeping score; that’s zero Oscars for Martin Scorsese and one for three-six mafia.” He also surprised the audience by taking pot shots at the Democrats and at Hollywood.