Sunday, March 05, 2006

Nice History Revision Mr. Clooney

This is a funny quote from George Clooney:

"We are a little bit out-of-touch in Hollywood," Clooney said. "I think that's probably a good thing. We are the ones who talked about AIDS when it was only being whispered ... We talked about civil rights ... I'm proud to be part of this Academy, proud to be part of this community, proud to be 'out of touch."'

I happened to be living in Santa Clara when HIV/AIDS broke out. I read the papers daily. Had friends die of AIDS, etc..

I remember the health department and religious groups struggling to help people with AIDS while Hollywood shouted homophobia while resisting health efforts to shut down gay bath houses and promoting safe sex. It was not until about three or four years into the epidemic when HIV/AIDS became politically correct. Hollywood followed. They did not lead.

The people who led were the doctors, priests and nameless volunteers who actually risked their very lives to aid people with a mysterious disease no-one knew how it spread.

Hollywood did not lead. It followed.

Hollywood is simply a mechanism of group think and delusions. Group think never innovates, it is simply led around by its nose ring.

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