Saturday, January 15, 2005

Hollywood Fantasyland

Another great interview by NRO's Kathryn Jean Lopez (an earlier Gen M Q&A is here).

K-Lo interviews Matt Drudge's sidekick and writer Andrew Breitbart and discusses his new book Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon -- The Case Against Celebrity focusing on the excesses of Hollywood.

For example:

NRO: Is it possible to raise normal kids in Hollywood?

Breitbart: The verdict is still out. I sure hope so. However, I've given up trying to stop the environmental indoctrination. It's simply everywhere out here.

The first day of kindergarten for my son started with an admonition about bringing lunch to school with anything that can be thrown away as trash.

On the second day he was told that we shouldn't eat Chilean sea bass. Guess what we had for dinner that night?

What drives me the craziest is watching "regular" parents go to great lengths to get their kids in the same school or extracurricular class with the kids of celebrities. I've wracked my brain and I can't see the benefit of being in the same "Gymboree" as Ethan Hawke. I'm less worried about the kids than I am the adults. Seriously.

A Home Run:

Breitbart: . . . Affleck, who I just saw getting into his ($100k?) Mercedes after running into Starbucks in the pricey Pacific Palisades section of L.A., seems to fancy the political class inhabited by the likes of Dennis Kucinich, to whose cosmically comical presidential campaign Affleck donated money. Bring it on, Ben. Please. We can't wait to hear the socialist ideals of America's most conspicuous consumer — 1997-2005.

And The Grand Slam:

Breitbart: . . . Yet the lesson of not punishing those with whom you hold political differences is lost on the very people who insist it is the most important message of our time.