George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is not just American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is a globally recognized human rights activist with a kind-hearted nature and a passionate spirit. That’s why news that one of the most controversial literary figures in modern history appears to have thrown the Hollywood star under the political bus (or at the very least in front of oncoming traffic) with regard to contemporary political issues that bring iconic figures in pop culture in harm’s way by drawing the ire of zealot critics.
Rushdie says writers like him are losing influence in West thanks to America’s obsession with Hollywood films and the movie star celebs who play in them. Celebrities like political activists George Clooney and Angelina Jolie aid in death of written political muse posits Examiner writer Darla Hanger, further supporting his theory.
Famous faces who posit about political events in public tend to be able to use their star powers more effectively in contemporary society with regard to bringing the media spotlight into focus about difficult subjects. While, “Salman Rushdie is the British author who experienced 10 years in hiding, after an Iranian fatwa was declared against him in the late 80′s… Perhaps [he] has a point…” says Hangar. Writers probably can’t compete with the stars nowadays the same way movie stars can because they simply don’t have the global audience reach.
Celebrities like George Clooney and Angelina Jolie may spout unpopular or controversial statements expressing their beliefs about modern-day events and tragedies, but when they do, they are not forced into seclusion. Instead, more paparazzi seem to follow them everywhere they go and the tabloid magazines keep on keeping on with regard to publishing celeb gossip stories about their life’s work, their habits of daily living, and their comings and goings.
But having Salman Rushdie mention your name in public is the equivalent of him pointing his finger and yelling, “Hey guys, there he is! He’s your real enemy — now go get him!” in the complex political arena where humanitarians do battle against religious factions.
To that end, even though Rushdie’s statements were likely to have been made to point out that most westerners are too lazy to read good books or to investigate what’s really going on behind the scenes in any political or cultural events scandal, he really does give Clooney [especially] possibly more credit for being powerful as a pop cultural icon than he is actually worth.
Angelina Jolie acts as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations, but Clooney acts of his own accord. He’s funded satellites that showcase current images of the Sudanese region. He’s made movies his job that earn a paycheck but made ending genocide in Darfur and helping earthquake victims in Haiti his life’s work.
While she seems to have a greater impact on culture and society thanks to being bolstered by the press camps at the UN, he’s one lone man.
Perhaps Salman Rushdie sees a little bit of George Clooney in him — or hopes the actor has a bit of him in him. Whatever the case, the method of communicating about moral crisis to the masses has certainly changed over the years with movies and television replacing books and radio broadcasts as the most effective ways to disseminate information.
[Now, that the Internet has become the town square, that is...]
Let’s hope star celebs like George Clooney and Angelina Jolie help the world’s population to survive the communication method changes, because now that Rushdie has called them out on the red carpet by name they are likely to become political targets.
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