GYLLENHAAL OFFENDS GULF WAR VETERANS
Movie star JAKE GYLLENHAAL has shocked American Gulf War veterans by joking they did nothing but "masturbate" during their time in the desert in 1991. The cheeky 25-year-old stars in JARHEAD, a movie exposing the US soldiers' lack of combat in the Middle Eastern conflict. He said, "The US soldiers were sent to the desert for 122 days and they sat in the same tent and did nothing, except a little too much masturbating."
I guess this bozo was trying to impress his Hollywood friends by trying to win the Jane Fonda award for "most unpatriotic most ungrateful most insensitive Hollywood snob". Now I'm not for war. But you don't insult the the people that you sent there. Yes, by being part of the American gravy train, Hollywood has to accept blame for the decisions that send our boys and girls in harm's way. I think that the Hollywood elite demonstrate their shallowness when they open their mouths with unscripted unrehearsed lines. They have been given a great gift by (Pick One: the Intelligent Designer; the American public; the hander out of lucky breaks) and have a chance to demonstrate their sensitivity, humility, and all the other good virtues that American's admire. My model for a Hollywood star is Bob Hope. I don't know if he agreed with any war; he certainly was sarcastic about generals and Presidents. But I do know that he was out do his part for the troops. Not tha the woudl, but if he said something like that, I'd give him a lot of slack. For an actor, who ain't done much for the public good, I give no quarter. By the way, I saw Jarhead and was disappointed. The whole thing stunk. Boring, predictable, and the acting left me "uninvolved". So to quote Nicholson in "A Few Good Men":
"I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!"
My words to this fellow, and Hollywood in general, is:
"You have a lot of nerve. You benefit from this society more than anyone. Yet, from your position of privilege and honor, you insult the very people who make you possible. You better repent and atone soon 'cause retribution comes swiftly. Vets, even non-combat ones like me, have very long memories. Ask Jane Fonda. To this day, I shun her. If someone brings it up, I explain that you can NOT bite the hand that feeds you with expecting some adverse consequences. You can be sure that I will inform every vet I know to boycott you and your ilk."
By the way, I sent this is on its way to every vet I know, the American Legion, the VFW, and several thousand of my fellow alums.
I won't be watching any more of his work. He's in my "Jane Fonda" folder.