Canadian celebrities at TIFF 2015, notably actors Rachel McAdams, Ellen Page and the curmudgeonly, ugly and mean Donald Sutherland, bombed badly in supporting publicly the appallingly stupid, Naomi Klein-penned, “Leap Manifesto”, aka the “Tommie Manifesto” ( named cleverly by us conservative wags after the horrified NDP, (supposedly centrist) leader Thomas Mulcair, who wants no part of that pseudo-Communist revolutionary shite show).
The public reputations of McAdams, Page and Sutherland are not the only ones that have been hurt by association with this manifestly moronic manifesto. Add to the list, such notables or forgettables as Pam Anderson whose best screen work ever was CPRing Tommie Lee’s manhood, together with multi-millionaire wheezebag and gas-guzzling hypocrite extraordinaire- Neil Young. And the usual looney left suspects, such as Stephen Lewis, Suzuki, Barlow and anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian trade unionist Sid Ryan, to name a representative few.
We admire McAdams and Page for their acting talent and their ability through their craft to touch us and move us emotionally. But let’s face it. They are reading other people’s lines and expressing other people’s ideas.
Their fame and high profile are based upon their cinematic success and Hollywood promotion.
Where these actors fall miserably on their TIFF-ready faces, is they arrogantly believe that their artificially-created Hollywood fame- confers upon them influence and wisdom.
So that we, their audience, will actually care and believe what they have to say in real life, off screen. And that we poor huddled masses who shell out our paltry $10 bucks to see them on the screen, will actually be influenced by what they have to say and the causes they support.
Clueless, ignorant, self-satisfied, self-entitled, jet-setting, island hopping Canadian stars
So let me put this in terms- these clueless, ignorant, self-satisfied, self-entitled, jet-setting, island hopping Canadian stars and celebrities- understand.
Your public support of The Tommie Manifesto- “TWO THUMBS DOWN”.
Your first week-end box office numbers- bit the big one.
You and the Manifesto have bombed badly. A Heaven’s Gate bomb of historic proportions.
The studio is pulling out and cancelling all further marketing and disavowing all knowledge of this stinkeroo.
You have laid a big fat egg. Capiche!
In the time remaining, let me fill in the blanks.
The Manifesto’s solution is revolution. To blow up Canada’s economy. That is, its oil and gas economy
Simply, this ridiculous and irrational manifesto describes horrible ills that don’t exist in Canada- widespread extreme poverty, unsustainable inequality, the horrible genocidal attack on the very existence of Canada’s native people. And to top it all off, Canada’s climate change policy is a crime against humanity- an ongoing relentless war crime.
The Manifesto’s solution is revolution. To blow up Canada’s economy. That is, its oil and gas economy. Figuratively and literally, if need be.
And essentially, go back to earth. An utopian pre-industrial Walden-like existence. Where every one of us, all 35 million of us Canadians, live off the land and tend to our garden and our cattle in our cute little farms.
And only sustained by utopian clean, renewable energy, pursuant to strict NIMBYism principles, “ if you wouldn’t want it in your backyard, then it doesn’t belong in anyone’s backyard.”
Which means no fracking renewal energy, of any sort-wind farm or solar- you frackingly stupid Hollywood nimrods!
Even the left of centre, Globe and Mail, corroborated my analysis of this lefty lunatic panacea.
“The manifesto calls for immediate social revolution in response to the threat of climate change. Its “demands” include “innovative ownership structures” as an alternative to “the profit-gouging of private companies,” and a “new iron law of energy development” that, if taken seriously, would pretty much put an end to every project ever – pipelines, windmills and solar-panel farms included. This iron law states, “If you wouldn’t want it in your backyard, then it doesn’t belong in anyone’s backyard.”
If these Canadian movie stars and rock stars had expected that their natural audience, the leftist NDP party and its supporters would be influenced and jazzed by these suggestions, they were seriously misled. Or they have been powdering their noses, with “questionable” products.
Because this manifesto sank faster than Adam Sandler’s once buoyant career.
Response from NDP leader Mulcair and his NDP party- zip, nada, zero- crickets.
And for good reason, as the Globe’s editorial concludes:
“We don’t think Mr. Mulcair endorses the manifesto’s madness. He is far more moderate than that. He is also a politician, and he wants to govern a country that is by its nature suspicious of radical social upheaval, especially when promulgated by rock stars.
I love you, Rachel McAdams. Because of your film work, you are the archetypal sweet Canadian “girl next door”.
But by signing your name to this crazy manifesto, while probably being chauffeured around in a very large gas-guzzling limo, from movie premiere to movie premiere and from private VIP party to private VIP party- you have transformed yourself into the ditzy, brain-dead lefty goof next door. Not a pretty picture, Rachel, my dear.