Oh, God, while the Sony situation isn't funny George Clooney's reaction to it certainly is. Well, not Good Funny. This is Bad Funny... anyway, let's go over who Clooney blames, shall we?
- The press. "They played the fiddle while Rome burned." They should have mentioned that this was blatantly a North Korean-friendly (at least) operation, based on the very name (I freely admit that I missed the historical details behind that one).
- Trial lawyers. "[The theater chains] said they were not going to run it because they talked to their lawyers and those lawyers said if somebody dies in one of these, then you’re going to be responsible." Those tort-obsessed trial lawyers...
- Movie executives. "They know what they themselves have written in their emails, and they’re afraid." Clooney argued that that's why the first wave of emails were the embarrassing ones: to keep the rest of the industry's heads down.
- The government. "Everybody was doing their jobs, but somehow, we have allowed North Korea to dictate content, and that is just insane." ...This is as close as George Clooney will ever come to criticizing Barack Obama, and while I normally don't grade the Left on a curve there were just too many other good bits in this interview to make me entirely merciless*.
That's... a large cross-section of the Establishment Democrats' supporters up there, huh? We're just missing the academics, Big Labor, and Big Green. George Clooney thinks of all of these people as being a bunch of cowards, which is certainly true; but what he's apparently not getting (while sounding like quite the fire-eating Republican on this issue, might I add**) is that they didn't become cowards overnight. This is, in fact, pretty much reflective of the standard operation procedure that's been adopted by the Other Side over the last few decades; and forgive me for saying this, but that's why they were targeted***. Nobody over there wanted to fight.
So in the end George Clooney gets it almost right. What he fails to see is that Hollywood's moral defeat here was inevitable, because the institutions and groups that Clooney's spent so much time working with were not up to the task****. It is my humble suggestion that the man consider this fact in the future when deciding what kind of civic contributions he wishes to make in the future in order to better help the Republic...
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*Besides, despite it all the man did still give a great performance in O Brother, Where Art Thou?. You're just going to have to forgive me on this one.
**The rule of thumb is, You are most conservative about the things that are most important to you. It would appear that the movie industry is genuinely important to George Clooney.
***They, of course, did not deserve to be targeted: 'the way she was dressed...' defense is not accepted in modern society, and for good reason. But many in modern society seem to have difficulty in distinguishing between saying that a behavior is risky, and saying that the same behavior justifies a particular response.
****At this point there are probably reflexive if not outright indoctrinated responses - not all from Democrats, alas - that the Right is just as much a bunch of cowards. Far be it from me to suggest that the GOP is made up of a band of strong-jawed paladins and stalwarts. But we do know when it's time to circle the dang wagons, and this would be one of those times.