May 7, 2007, - 1:23 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
I used to remark that the Democrats have Woody Allen Family Values. Unfortunately, I can no longer say that because the Republicans are now sullied with Bruce Willis Family Values.
Yes, the GOP (and some truly misguided conservatives) have embraced Bruce Willis because he openly proclaims he’s a Republican. And because they’re so desperate for star power, they’ll take whatever mangy mutt comes along. It’s not just his public making-out with girls who could be his granddaughters. And it’s not just his photos and discussion in the latest issue (June 2007) of Vanity Fair of the bizarre threesome vacations he takes with ex-wife Demi Moore and her toddler husband, Ashton Kutcher. For those who ask about polygamy for women, this is it.
It’s far too many other things. For starters, his new “Live Free or Die Hard” movie–the 4th installment of a movie series that long ago was dead (and should have stayed that way) has the same old post 9/11 Hollywood message on Islamic terrorists: There aren’t any.
Instead Timothy Olyphant plays “Greg,” the non-Muslim leader of the non-Muslim Internet-based terrorist organization which is systematically shutting down the United States. Willis produced the film, and–it goes without saying–he’s the star on which the Die Hard series depends. So, he could have insisted on a plot that actually resembles reality in which internet-based terrorists are what they are in real life: Muslims. But he didn’t care to do that. So we shouldn’t care about him or his movies.
And finally, there’s Willis’ lack of discretion in the way he talks and what he says. Here’s Willis’ comments on live national television during a New Jersey Nets broadcast on April 29th. First, the interviewer calls him “Bruce Wilson,” but then it degrades when he utters the MF-bomb.
As I’ve already written, Willis recently starred in the box office bomb “Perfect Stranger,” which includes attacks on the soldiers who die fighting the war in Iraq (remember that when the hypocritical Willis produces Michael Yon’s “Deuce Four” movie celebrating the soldiers fighting in Iraq) and attacks on conservative Republican officeholders as resembling scandalized former Congressman Mark Foley.
Sorry, but I’m just not enamored with the GOP’s street version of Woody Allen. Republicans need to stop their obsessive quest for celebs. And leave that to the professionals . . . the Democrats.
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