Another anti-war celebrity is wondering why her opposition to war can't be taken seriously by mainstream media. Gee, could it have anything to do with the fact that you're a comedian with no political experience and no credibility on the issue except for your celebrity?
Janeane Garofalo says she knows why Fox, CNN, MSNBC and "Good Morning America" have booked her to argue against war with Iraq.
"They have actors on so they can marginalize the movement," the stand-up comic says. "It's much easier to toss it off as some bizarre, unintelligent special-interest group. If you're an actor who is pro-war, you're a hero. If you're an actor who's against the war, you're suspect. You must have a weird angle or you just hate George Bush."
The woman who once plied her trade on "The Larry Sanders Show," "Saturday Night Live" and such movies as "Reality Bites" has been all over the tube lately, arguing that the Bush administration is stampeding the country into a misguided war. And the experience has convinced her that major news organizations are unfair to liberal activists, especially of the celebrity stripe.
"I'm being treated like a child, and that's how I think the American people are being treated by their media," Garofalo says.
No, Ms. Garofalo, you are putting yourself in position to be treated like a child. Perhaps your mistake is thinking that your celebrity gives you credibility on this issue? How does your career as a comedian provide you with the credibility to speak on this issue with any authority?
Frankly, I don't much care what Ms. Garofalo's position on war is. I'd be off on the same rant if she was pro-war. Why should we care what a celebrity thinks about a political issue? What can giving her face time to air her opinions possibly accomplish? From where I sit, absolutely nothing.
Yes, Ms. Garofalo is a talented and accomplished comedian. Beyond that, I neither know nor care what her political views are. They are completely irrelevant to the argument at hand. This is merely one more celebrity looking to get some free face time on Larry King. Yawn....