In this campaign where the notion of politician as celebrity has become an attack platform, where accusations of popularity seek to negate credibility and Paris Hilton manages to capitalize on the discussion long enough to fire off something approaching biting satire, it’s perhaps easier than ever to write off the celebrity blogger as somehow less valuable or relevant than the innumerable politicos and talking heads weighing in on the election season who actually do this as their day job. Since long before the thick of the 2008 election kicked into high gear, Huffington Post has sought to open up the forum to political voices both seasoned and celebrated, with predictably mixed results. Yet a scant two weeks out from V-Day, we find that some of the most decisive, sensible, thoughtful and – dare we say it? – entertaining viewpoints we’ve heard over at the Huff have been from the folks who are best known for their work on screens large and small. Here are our five favorite missives from them Hollywood types in the past several weeks.
(Note that we are eliminating certain famous names – Harry Shearer, Bill Maher, etc. – from the running since they are as well known if not more for their political satire as they are for work on The Simpsons or… hee, Cannibal Women In the Avocado Jungle of Death. Sorry, Bill, we can never turn down the opportunity to see that in print.)
1. Jamie Lee Curtis – “Debate, Not Relate”
An offspring of Hollywood royalty, a seasoned actress, erstwhile scream queen and sex symbol, even a noblewoman of British peerage (hubby Christopher Guest inherted a barony in 1996), Jamie Lee Curtis is nevertheless no stranger to philanthropic causes, including advocacy on the part of women in recovery. And it is from her position as a role model for other ladies struggling with overcoming addiction, as well as a working wife and mother juggling career with family, that she delivered a concise, logical and stinging blow to the notion of Sarah Palin as a relatable figure and therefore a viable candidate in her blog post on September 3: “The problem is I may be relatable and share some of your experiences and concerns but you don't want me as president of the United States… This isn't a test. We don't get a re-do. This is the hardest time this generation has ever faced and people are all scared about the economy, our health care and mostly our children's futures. That is what millions of Americans and I can relate to.” A fine addition indeed to the counterargument that, as Jon Stewart said earlier this year, didn't “elite” used to mean “good”? Brava, JLC. We totally forgive you for Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
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