John Cleese, an actor, has just unleashed a spew of vitriol in which he describes President Trump as an a**hole, unscrupulous, a pathological liar, and upholding a power seeking obsession while all of the peons that follow him are simple idiots.
Cleese, who has been married 4 times, has made his millions pawning his comedic temperament, is a long standing Liberal who supported Obama.
And somehow the irony of his shrewish tongue is lost on him…
In essence he stated that in order to be in politics one must be a narcissistic power grabbing money obsessed a** – but that definition only applies to Conservatives, Liberals would seem to be – immune. In addition, he would seem oblivious to the obvious irony that this same oblique definition is rather common among actors.
According to Psychology Today, actors are driven by the outcomes of fame, money and adulation. They are narcissistic, self obsessed and driven by ‘idiocy’. They are ego driven to extreme and thrive on attention.
But what is most compelling is why they feel the need to become activists, whether politically, socially or environmentally. Guilt. Because of their undeserved accolade they feel a sense of guilt that they have accomplished nothing of value. Subconsciously, they realize that they have spent their lives pretending to be someone else and that as a person they have no character. So they do what they do best, they create one. They create a personality.
Recently, John Cleese stated that “critics ‘who can’t themselves direct, write, act, sing or dance’ should be replaced.” Perhaps that same denunciation should be imposed on actors/comedians who can’t themselves provide anything worthwhile outside of acting , ie they shouldn’t pretend to be politicians, businessmen, or scientists.
Of course, he is entitled to his opinion, but the glamour fame that surrounds Hollywood should come with greater wisdom in how it is parlayed. Perhaps these Pretenders should undergo classes teaching them not to utilize their fame in a way that deludes people into thinking they are anything else…
Another actor that has attempted to become an activist is Alyssa Milano. Unlike Cleese, her formal education is rather alarming – less than 8th grade it would seem. Her most recent rant was an angry tirade over the fact that Joe Rogan’s Podcasts garnered more hits than her own. Her feelings were hurt because someone else was earning greater fame – and therefore this other person must be denigrated, vilified, and put in their place.
Like Cleese, Milano is oblivious to the hypocrisy.
This isn’t a new phenomena, Celluloid Heroes have been around for decades with Hollywood gaining status as a ‘culture’ of glamour, notoriety, and stardom. And thus the ego was fed.
Today, many actors having little to no formal education feel compelled yo create in themselves an erudite attitude in which they portray themselves as ‘experts’ in science, art, math, business and – politics. Having played the screen role, they envision themselves as having the knowledge and wisdom of PhD’s. And the general public greedily eats up this fakery, this illusion fulfilling the fantasy.
Why? Because glamour has been redefined as intellect.
While none of this redacts any talent these actors may possess in their chosen employment, it does provide a clearer picture of why they feel compelled to assert themselves as more, and why that power drives them.