Thursday, August 17, 2006

Hollywood Against Terrorism

No, I really mean that.

NICOLE Kidman has made a public stand against terrorism.The actress, joined by 84 other high-profile Hollywood stars, directors, studio bosses and media moguls, has taken out a powerfully-worded full page advertisement in today's Los Angeles Times newspaper.

It specifically targets "terrorist organisations" such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine.

"We the undersigned are pained and devastated by the civilian casualties in Israel and Lebanon caused by terrorist actions initiated by terrorist organisations such as Hezbollah and Hamas," the ad reads.

"If we do not succeed in stopping terrorism around the world, chaos will rule and innocent people will continue to die.

"We need to support democratic societies and stop terrorism at all costs."

A who's who of Hollywood heavyweights joined Kidman on the ad.The actors listed included: Michael Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Danny De Vito, Don Johnson, James Woods, Kelly Preston, Patricia Heaton and William Hurt.

Directors Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Mann, Dick Donner and Sam Raimi also signed their names.

Progress. HT: ClayCramer


steveegg said...

Do I have the right blog? It sure looks like something that Dennis York would put together.

Seriously, Bravo Zulu for the Hollywood types that put their names to this. 'Tis refreshing to see a whole gaggle of them get something right (for a change).

vichchoobhai said...

Very noble act indeed, so many big names in the entertainment industry coming together to raise their voice against terrorism. But who is to bell the cat? Where is the root of terrorism? If we try to dig and find out, i think the root casue of all terrorism of the type we are experiencing today is religious bigotry. Has anyone got a solutin how to tackle this? How to tackle blind faith, fundamentalism, fanaticism, thoughts of martyring oneself for going to heaven? In the process we create a hell on earth. It applies to all religions and all creeds and all political organisastions Every one of them have shades of extremism tending towards terrorism. When u forcibly prevent a voter from casting his vote during elections, it is the terrorism of the worst kind. When u exploit poor farmers in the third world by heavily subsding the farmers in the rich countries, it is terrorism. When u want to convert others to your faith not by reasoning but by force, it is terrorism. Evangelism or whatever euphemism u can call it by. The days of liberalism are dead. What stares us in the face is utter chaos the world over with more than nine countries alredy possessing atomic weapons and terrorist organisations being one up in their R & D efforts to find the perfect explosive. And how to make an atomic kit at home using simple devices. What then are we to do? Force is not the solution. Probably we have to wait for one more prophet to come and preach peaceful existence to us. Radical reforms are called for in all religions. Toleration of other faiths and beliefs, treating all humankind as brethren, helping the poor to get jobs and attain a minimum standard of life. These are the priority areas. I am not a prophet of doom,but i feel if we donot addressthese problems urgently, humanity is heading towards self-destruction.

Dad29 said...

Well, you could have expected James Woods to sign it, Steve...

As to you, vich...

Did you ever hear of "paragraphs"?

And by the way, the last Christian Crusade ended about, oh, 500 years ago.

So lay off the "all religions" crap.

Jeff Miller said...

I do wonder how Ridley Scott can be against terrorism and yet made Kingdom of Heaven a love-tap to Muslims with Christians as bad guys.

Rick Lugari said...

I suppose it's good to know that there are *some* Hollywood types who *might* not fall all over themselves in a politically correct fit in order to appease the Islamofascists, but I still find it something far short of heroic virtue. What's really funny about it (in an ironic sort of way) is that Hollywood types are a type of icon of everything detestable about the Western culture. Meaning in particularly to the Islamofascist sensibility as well as (many of) our own.