It may have happened at the Golden Globes program. From her well-prepared speech and hysterical cheering by all the black-clad sycophants, her rocket to the 2020 elections blasted off. Already a billionaire, she won’t need to campaign for contributions, fundraising, bribes nor purchased politicians.
As with movie stars President Ronald Reagan and Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, most of the 2020 voters will have grown up worshipping TV star Oprah Winfrey. Her promise could be, instead of Herbert Hoover’s promise of a chicken in every pot, a free car in every garage. And when she brings her long-time companion, Stedman Graham, with her into the White House, maybe he’ll be called First Laddy.
There’s also a question of who would oppose Oprah in the 2020 election. Why not other show biz stars who are already experienced as make-believe presidents? Julia Louis Dreyfus and/or Morgan Freeman would be excellent in the roles. And how about Gary Oldman, who portrayed Winston Churchill in this year’s big hit movie?
Now, almost seriously, could any of the above-named pretend world leaders be any less qualified than those two who staggered through the 2016 elections?
Perfect timing! The new season of the profanity-loaded TV show “Veep” airs on Easter Sunday. Further, I can’t get used to Seinfeld’s sweet little Elaine Benes AKA Julia Louis Dreyfus AKA Veep spouting all those four-letter words.
Takes me back more than 75 years when everyone was shocked at the profanity in the final scene in the classic movie, “Gone With The Wind”. As Rhett Butler abandoned his lady love, he said, “Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn!” Considering today’s overwhelming filthy words on both large and small screens, he could’ve been quoting an Easter sermon from the Bible.
Of course, I’ve heard and uttered a bit of profanity here and there. I served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2 and the Korean War. Sometimes there were moments of fear and stress when the words heck and darn were heard above the gunfire aboard ship during a combat action.
However, I’m uncomfortable with those curses flowing freely from the formerly sweet friend of Seinfeld and other actors. The words themselves don’t shock me. It’s the lowering of creative process into an amateurish gutter, rather than attempts at true creativity with the language of Shakespeare, Longfellow and Whittier.
It’s the same trashing as what has happened to popular music over the same time period. And it becomes worse by the day, especially in brutal and profane movies and TV series. It’s a sad, degrading process, and in the ever-evolving show business world, who knows how much worse it may become.
I must confess! In spite of the fact that my spouse and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary next year, I’m smitten by another woman.
Not any woman, but one who is currently the leader of the free world! Well, O.K., it’s just a role she’s playing on TV, but it proves what a fantastic actress she is. In just 20 years, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has matured from the nebbishly Elaine Benes on Seinfeld to the supremely confident President of the United States Selina Meyer on Veep!
I’ve thought about sending her fan email, telling how much I admire her acting skills, upbeat personality and youthful, slim good looks. Realistically, I can only imagine thousands of other guys, ages from 14 to 94, having the same thoughts. Therefore, all I can do is watch her on nightly reruns of Seinfield and look forward to new and repeat episodes of Veep on my cable station.
Julia has conducted her private life as wife and mother of two grown sons with dignity. Although she’s now in her mid-50s, every video and still picture shows her looking at least 25 years younger. How could that be? Therefore, I must now reluctantly reveal a secret she is loathe to share with the world.
In a secret attic of her home near Malibu, there’s an easel holding a artist’s painting. Julia keeps a cloth over it and wants no one else to ever see the picture. However, if the painting were uncovered, the viewer would see a Dorian Grayish portrait of a 400-pound, wrinkled, toothless, white-haired old woman!