John Cusack, the far less funny brother of Joan Cusack, purports to be an actor and political activist. He is also an avid user of the social medium, Twitter. Combine all three and you get the inane and foolish ramblings of a self-deluded Hollywood “star” who has obviously forgotten what has secured him both fame and fortune in the greatest nation on the face of the earth.
Tweeting to his 200,000 “followers” this past Sunday night, Cusack wrote:
“I AM FOR A SATANIC DEATH CULT CENTER AT FOX NEWS HQ AND OUTSIDE THE OFFICES ORDICK ARMEYAND NEWT GINGRICH-and all the GOP WELFARE FREAKS,” (Tweet not originally in red; added by yours truly for effect)
Why would he tweet such a thing, you might ask? Seems one of his followers asked him a question regarding his support for the Ground Zero mosque in lower Manhattan. This was the reasoned, thoughtful response of Cusack, a supposed intellectual heavy hitter. What brilliance that emanates from the profound punditry of one John Cusack.
If he were really smart, though, he would have substituted Sarah Palin for Dick Armey in the above Tweet. Armey, a former Texas Republican Congressman, served as House Majority Leader from 1995 until his retirement from Congress in 2003. I’m sure there is some logical, albeit double-secret, reason why Cusack chose to Tweet about an individual who has been out of elected leadership for seven years. Not to mention, most of Cusack’s followers probably have no clue as to who Dick Armey is. But who am I to question the wisdom and political savvy of John Cusack?
I don’t believe for one minute that Cusack or any other Hollywood celebrity should be prevented from speaking their mind or stepping into the political arena. The First Amendment protects their right to not only make movies or television shows, but also protects their right to spout (or Tweet) foolish nonsense. And, in a way, the unedited rantings of these “talented” stars do the little people a favor. With the increasing cost of movies (including the rip-off 3D glasses which cannot be reused — a post for another day) and the countless choices for television viewing, the more celebrities like Cusack intentionally offend a portion of the viewing public, the easier it will be to exercise our First Amendment rights by not paying to watch their movies or wasting time on their TV shows.
So, to John Cusack and his fellow Hollywood A-listers: Go ahead and keep Tweeting. Keep speaking your mind. Keep letting us know just how smart you think you are. That’ll make it a lot easier for us — the unwashed masses — to figure out if we want to spend our money on your movies. Smart. Very Smart!