Skip to comments.Donít Make Me Choose Between You and Trump, Mr. Letterman
Posted on 05/23/2019 2:24:44 AM PDT by Kaslin
The last few days have seen a spike in celebrities who just cant hold their tongues or mask their hatred for President Trump. The tendency for those of us who voted for Trump is to eye-roll, shrug, dismiss, or insult the partisan stars in question. But every-so-often, I feel compelled to explore their behavior and express my disappointment in them anyway.
Theres only one reason Id read Newsweek, and its to read the work of a contributing writer whos also a broadcasting colleague I admire greatly. His name is Lee Habeeb, host of Salem Media Groups Our American Stories. He wrote eloquently something that had been nagging at me about many celebrities in the Trump era.
Specifically, it was an open letter to Robert De Niro. The actor is a virulent, anti-Trumper who loves to take microphone time during interviews and ceremonies to offer profane tirades directed at the President. Habeebs column didnt offer his counter-point on Trump to De Niro. Instead, he offered his profound disappointment with the Oscar-winning movie star as one of his biggest fans.
Watching you turn into a caricature of yourself is tragic, wrote Habeeb. Because if theres one thing your acting life embodied, it was your uncanny ability to avoid caricature. You brought characters to the screen in their most complex and complete form. Without judgment. It was, in the end, your humanity that so impressed me.
I know exactly what Lee is saying here. I feel the very same way about television icon and host David Letterman. Just last weekend, Letterman appeared on the Today Show to promote the second season of his new Netflix series. Its largely a vanity project in which Dave interviews some genuine celebrities. However, mixed within are genuinely boring, lecturing, leftists and activists Letterman seems to want to sell to his audience. As if watching means one must internalize something more important than just enjoying a show.
But I miss the guy who used to seem not to care about the rules of television or the importance of politics. Serious things were left to others. He was serious about being unserious. His guests were either there to share a laugh, or they were the targets of the laugh.
Thats gouache in late-night now. Every night has turned into partisan applause lines, not laughs. Every host has turned into an anti-Trump jester. Many guests on the couch are policy makers from D.C. and beltway journalists.
Sadly, Letterman not only approves of the new late-night approach, he confessed were he still on the air his hatred for Donald Trump would be too much to overcome. In other words, an icon of comedy has devolved into an angrily serious caricature. A square, old crank he would have once targeted with a Top Ten Things That Make Dave Angry list.
As Habeeb wrote well of De Niro, something that could just as easily apply to my hero Letterman, It seems to have become a part of your routine, your anti-Trump tirades. Sadly, routine is a word I never thought Id come to use to describe you.
Indeed, Mr. Habeeb.
Household names whove made millions entertaining American viewers and fans on the front-end of their careers now flagrantly attack and insult Donald Trump. In doing so, they also attack and insult the sixty-plus million of us who voted for him, too.
If I had Letterman in front of me today, Id ask a simple question. Dave, are you able to allow yourself the possibility I can be a fan of yours and support Donald Trumps presidency at the same time? I honestly dont know what hed say.
Could Letterman and I agree on some things Trump says or does we wish he wouldnt? Sure. Could we, at the same time agree Trump has implemented policies that have lifted up, protected, and helped men and women from the middle of the country Dave and I share as a birthplace? Highly doubtful.
This really gets to the fundamental difference between Mr. Habeeb and me versus our celebrity heroes. They cannot allow themselves the possibility a man they dislike could still be an effective leader. When youve become as rich and famous as they have, you can afford to think that small.
For many of the rest of us, Donald Trump provided a voice for those who felt voiceless or concerned or worried or downright mad about the direction of the country. We dont have the luxury of worrying about his personality because we have livings to earn and children and families to raise and protect.
When your world is nothing but counting the millions in your bank account and vanity appearances in front of liberal audiences who applaud your open disdain for Donald Trump, its impossible to understand or connect to what daily life in the trenches is like.
Ours is a country in which a once-struggling actor and comic rose to fame. They portrayed average folks in their roles. They entertained average folks with their jokes. They grew rich from us all. Now, they dont need us anymore.
But were still here. And we still need a voice. And we still want great actors and comedians to enjoy and admire. But most have blown us off. Donald Trump has not.
So, if I have to pick between guys wholl fight for the policies I believe will better the country or cranky, partisan guys who used to entertain me but now attack my beliefs?
Sorry, Dave. Id rather watch a Trump rally. And for what its worth, hes a hell of a lot more entertaining, too.
:: our celebrity heroes ::
I think I see the author’s problem.
And, some here on FR.
Not sure when I stopped watching late-night TV shows, but it has been awhile. Jay Leno was probably the last actually funny guy on late-night.
Carson picked Leno over Letterman, and Letterman never got over it. Carson was correct, Jay was way better.
He was, and will forever be, a progressive dick. That’s my opinion and Im sticking to it!
You can’t watch these people on TV or read their writings without having some of their garbage affect you. Ditch these people, unless observing them for rebuttal is part of your job. Don’t let them earn advertising revenue off of you.
Trump, by a mile.
Hate Night TV
Letterman became not only unfunny but just downright bitter during his last decade and a half or so on the air. Actual comedy or entertainment on his show ceased somewhere around the mid 90s.
His last decade or so I took to calling him Bitterman. He was. I say that as someone who was a big fan of his in the 80s and early 90s.
gouache is a form of tempera paint.
gauche is a form of uncouth behavior.
gauche also means “Left” in French.
I turned off Letterboy when he was making gross sexual jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter a decade ago.
True, and sinistra is "left" in Italian -- and both expressions can mean the simple direction, or the political leaning. Also the French can mean "rude", "socially ignoran" or "brash"; and the word in Italian can also mean "evilly intended" or "sinister".
That goes for all the elitist, Trump deranged, America hating, ingrate "celebrities" looking down on the little people.
If you’ve switched on Letterman so much as once after the tantrums he threw then the Dims couldn’t concoct a way to steal the Florida POTUS vote from Dubya, Bill Engvall has a sign for you.
I’m so old I remember when Letterman was funny.
Your Russian buds didn’t care for Trump either. They worked hard with the Dems to help Hillary beat him.
i liked your post comparing letterman to castaway
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