Okay, so as I'm sure some of you have heard, actress Sarah Jessica Parker had a fundraising campaign at her home a few days ago for the Obama campaign. Disclaimer: I don't want this to turn into a political discussion, I am merely interested in what other people have to say about the relationship between Washington and Hollywood. That's it. We don't need to talk about any candidates specifically, or any policy, because that has nothing to do with the questions I want to pose. Thanks.
With that out of the way, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the closing gap between Hollywood and Washington. Below is the ad for Sarah Jessica Parker's dinner:
Personally I think this sort of relationship between Hollywood and Washington detracts from the legitimacy of the Presidential office. Why, might you ask? Read on.
So, once again, I'm not saying that this commercial or advertisement makes Obama a more or less legitimate President or candidate. Nor does this have any direct bearing on Mitt Romney that I care to discuss. In fact, I'm not going to mention anyone else by name for the rest of this article, because the issue is a macro one: of Hollywood and Washington. All this in hopes that this doesn't turn into another thread where people talk about the topic for 3-5 posts and then healthcare reform and the economy for 50. <3
So based on the above commercial, this dinner party is open to high-profile Hollywood guests and some number of lucky winners who go to the website and show their support for the campaign in some form or fashion. I would imagine the number of lucky winners is very limited, and although I tried to find some news that made it more clear how many of us "regular folk" were able to attend, I came up short. In any case, the dinner happened a few days ago and high-profile figures were able to attend for the "cost" of $40,000 in donations.
I'll be the first to say that I hold a general disdain for Hollywood and its high-profile figures. With the exception of a few actors (Eastwood, De Niro, Norton, Wahlberg, to name a few), I'm of the opinion that Hollywood is a cesspool, everyone in it is jaded, deluded, far-removed from reality, and generally undesirable. When people talk about the Oscars I almost get sick to my stomach because of how much money is wasted taking pictures of these people and asking them what they're "wearing" for the evening as if _anyone_ gives a rat's rear-end, but I'll stop right there.
Now, perhaps because of this general disdain, I was the only one in a room full of several people as we all saw this SJP commercial for the first time who said "wow this is disgusting". Not because I lean one way or the other toward a candidate (I am very agnostic in this regard), but because of what the video implies. So now in order for me to meet the President, I have to essentially win the lottery to go to a dinner that other people can simply pay into? Are we, the regular folks who elect the office, so far-removed from that person that we have to resort to "sweepstakes" to have access to that individual?
I mean, if I really wanted to meet the President, shouldn't I strive to do something great so that I am invited to the White House? Or shouldn't I try to write a letter a bunch of times until I get a response? But wait, now I can just enter an online lottery pool to go to a dinner with Brad Pitt and the President -- what a novel idea!
And I know some of you out there are going to say that Hollywood is always ready to jump into bed with any Democratic candidate, and true as this may be, I don't doubt that any Republican President would strive to utilize Hollywood in the most effective manner due to the sheer influence that people like Sarah Jessica Parker have over "regular" people. But let's not think about it even that way.
The question I pose is this: does the Office of the President hold a similar celebrity-status as a high-profile Hollywood figure? I had not thought of it this way before seeing this commercial, but now I'm not sure. I know people from both sides of the fence get invited to dinners and such due to donations, but are we moving toward and era where the President is so far-removed from the rest of us that I can enter a lottery to meet him/her? Isn't this just slightly bizarre to you all? Discuss, and be civil please.
Check out my blog!