12 June 2007
Yes, but is she hot?
In America, only pretty young women become movie stars. Middle-aged male actors who are unattractive or at least Bogart-ugly can and do play romantic leads, but no actress who is much short of beautiful or much older than thirty has much chance of seeing her name above the title of a big-budget movie, save as part of a package deal. This harsh reality is, of course, a flagrant and fundamental contradiction of all that the members of the film industry hold most politically dear. I sometimes wonder whether one of the reasons why Hollywood is so liberal might be that its male inhabitants are secretly ashamed of the sexual double standard by which they live. They will sign any petition, contribute lavishly to any sympathetic-sounding candidate, perform any act of political penance anything, in fact, but sleep with an ordinary-looking woman of a certain age, much less cast her as the love interest in a major motion picture.
This does not, of course, explain why Hollywood females are similarly positioned to the left, unless they've been told that's their good side. And I suspect that there are legions of Lotharios Lite who will sleep with anyone who breathes, and possibly with those who don't.
Mort Sahl anticipated this decades ago. "Liberals," he said, "feel unworthy of their possessions."
And then he added, "Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen."Posted at 8:46 AM to Almost Yogurt