I was talking to a Conservative friend the other day and mentioned that I was not watching the Oscars, that I just had not stomach for all the smug political virtue signalling. He said that he knew why he and fellow Conservatives were not watching, but why me? He observed that for most issues that would come up -- immigration, gay marriage, distaste for Trump -- that I probably would agree with most of what was going to be said. My answer to him was in three parts
- I am exhausted by the addition of politics to every sphere of life - there is nowhere to escape any more. This politicization of everything, including sports and entertainment, has historically been a feature of totalitarian governments. In Hitler's Germany, you couldn't just cut hair, but you had to be in the league of national socialist barbers and be ready with a plan for how your barbering was going to advance national socialism. yuk.
- People seem to like it when famous movie stars and sports stars espouse political opinions that they share. I am not sure why. I can only imagine that these folks are in their hearts unsure of themselves and thus get renewed confidence when some famous person agrees with them, like counting likes on Facebook or something. I on the other hand already am pretty sure I am right and I have thought a lot about the issue including reading opposing opinions on it. Nothing Martin Sheen or Beyonce says about the issue, unless it is related to the entertainment industry, is likely to either change my mind or make me more confident in my opinions. In fact...
- Hearing actors who I know to be dumb as a post agree with me using facile and hysterical reasoning is only likely to make me question whether I really feel good about agreeing with this dolt. When Rosie O'Donnell agrees with me, it's time to rethink that issue. I feel like I was stampeded into supporting the Iraq war in part due to the incredible lameness of a lot of the anti-war "arguments". That was a mistake on my part, and I own up to it, but I still feel tempted to do the opposite of whatever Sean Penn says even when I agree.