War on Terrorism: The Celebrity View
Many celebrities feel obligated to share their political opinions and the war on terrorism has been no exception. From novelist Norman Mailer’s rants about “what if the perpetrators were right” to singer Steve Earle’s soon-to-be released tribute to John Walker Lindh, the celebrity community has been a source of anti-American commentary since the war started. Here’s a selection of some of those comments.
Film Stars – and One Tennis Star – Complain About the War and the Country
Former Cheers star Woody Harrelson, in an interview with a left wing London tabloid, said
“America’s war against terrorism is terrorism.” Harrelson also praised British performer George Michael for his recent song attacking President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
In an interview with a German magazine, former tennis great Martina Navratilova
compared the Bush administration to Czechoslovakia under Communist
Actors Ed Asner and Ossie Davis, along with such luminaries as Noam Chomsky and Gloria Steinem,
signed a petition that blamed the Bush administration for the war on
terrorism. “It is unjust, immoral and illegitimate,” the group claimed.
Film director Robert Altman told the
Times of London:
“When I see an American flag flying, it’s a joke.” He later added that “there’s nothing in America that I would miss at all.”
During a speech at Princeton University, Danny Glover charged that “one of the main purveyors of violence in this world has been this country.”
In a Fox News Channel interview, Glover denied ever calling the U.S. a “purveyor of violence.” As an added bonus, this
CyberAlert item included an Alec Baldwin interview with CNN’s Judy Woodruff in which
the actor claimed he never actually said he was leaving the U.S. if Bush won the
Criticism from the Literary
Then There’s the Truly Hopeless…
Thank God for Dennis Miller…
…and James Woods
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