Monday, November 29, 2010

Cher tells Jay Leno "teabaggers are f-ing nuts!"

I really hate it when celebrities mouth off about politics.

I hate it even more when it's a celebrity I like for their entertainment value.

I have been a fan of Cher's music for decades. I never liked the hippies, but at least Sonny and Cher were talented hippies.

Plus, I thought Cher's voice and style, was amazing, and was glad she enjoyed a successful solo career.

I liked that she was able to make the transition into the different genres of music over the years, with ease. I was thrilled with the sounds of the songs on her "Believe" album, and even my kids liked that one.

Having said that, I wish I did not hear about her, first of all, saying the word, 'teabaggers', because it was so low class. Then to have her say that the Tea Party people are "f-ing nuts", was even more disappointing.
After all, what is nuts to Cher?

Having so much plastic surgery, that Cher now resembles a 'Cher doll' with a plastic face.

What about Cher marrying a man who abused cocaine, heroin, and alcohol, and had a child with him?

And who can forget about Chast ...Chaz Bono? To me, that's nuts. but if I was trying to drum up business for my next project, I wouldn't say it out loud on a talk show.

Therefore, Cher, my suggestion to you is to keep your mouth shut, unless you're singing.

Cher was right about one thing; the things she says about politics may keep people away from her latest movie.

At least, she pegged me correctly. I will be skipping going to the theatre to see Burlesque.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

James Cameron, Butler University Professor and LOST

Hollywood and Religion

With all the religion-bashing going on the news lately, it seems Hollywood takes it from both sides.

Cameron's documentary, "The Tomb of Jesus Christ" which basically tried to debunk the resurrection of Jesus Christ by claiming that Jesus' remains were found, did nothing to sway Christian beliefs regarding Jesus' resurrection.

Seems the director of the blue smurf-murdering movie, Avatar, keeps finding his popularity waning.

Cameron's cartoon version of Dances with Wolves resulted in his ex-wife receiving an Academy Award over him, for The Hurt Locker.

Instead of trying to mess with Christians' beliefs, perhaps Cameron should stick to disaster movies.

Meanwhile, the megahit television show, LOST, finds its audience discussing the relationship between religion and science. The creators of Lost have cleverly found a way to incorporate these controversial subjects into one powerhouse drama.

Butler University Associate Professor of Religion James McGrath discusses the religious undertones of LOST by saying that religion has always been present on LOST.

He points out the examples:

John Locke explains to Walt that backgammon is a game older than Jesus Christ is and has two sides playing each other – one light and one dark. (God and the Devil)

The Dharma Initiative - dharma is the Indian religious term meaning “one's righteous duty”. There are hieroglyphics on the temple and Egyptian religious symbols on the statue.

Two lead characters, Dr. Jack Shepard and John Locke represent a man of science, and a man of faith. Jacob and the Man in Black represent the battle between God and the devil


The most fascinating aspect of these ideas on LOST, is that viewers are left wondering each week, which side is 'dark' and which is 'light'. This is all part of the mysteries surrounding LOST and part of what keeps fans coming back for more.

Instead of trashing religion and everything Christians believe in, maybe the hotshots in Hollywood could take a lesson from the producers of LOST, and show both sides leaving room for people to draw their own conclusions.

Cameron's methods of cramming his agenda down the audience's throat did not go over well with the people who dole out the Oscars. Neither did trashing Glenn Beck because of his review of The Tomb of Jesus Christ.

Glenn Beck, as all Christians did, took offense to Cameron's documentary. Cameron decided to take it a step further by saying,

"He's dangerous because his ideas are poisonous."

Announcing that Christian ideas are 'poisonous' will not get him accolades from fans. Nor will it get him another Academy Award.

I do not know about anyone else, but I would rather take the word of a Professor of Religion, than from a Hollywood director.