There’s a scene in the 1993 film A Bronx Tale that serves as a poignant political statement in our day of celebrity politics. The story centers around a local crime boss and his relationship with a young Italian-American teenager living in The Bronx. Calogero (Francis Capra), “C” for short, keeps quiet about a crime that he saw Sonny LoSpecchio (Chazz Palminteri) commit.As a result, Sonny takes a liking to Calogero and uses him as a runner and pays him big bucks for his efforts. His father, Lorenzo (Robert DeNiro), does all he can to keep his son from getting involved in what could end badly for him as it will for Sonny.
As a result, Sonny takes a liking to Calogero and uses him as a runner and pays him big bucks for his efforts. His father, Lorenzo (Robert DeNiro), does all he can to keep his son from getting involved in what could end badly for him as it will for Sonny.
The scene I have in mind reminds me of today’s multi-millionaire liberal entertainers who think their opinions matter to us but would never do anything personally for us. Piers Morgan captures the essence of the hypocrisy in his response to Meryl Streep’s comments at the Golden Globes January 9th.
“She began by saying that Hollywood, foreigners and the press are ‘the most vilified segments of American society right now’.
“At which point the cameras panned out to hundreds of the richest, most privileged people in American society sitting in the audience in their $10,000 tuxedos and $20,000 dresses, loudly cheering this acknowledgement of their dreadful victimhood.”
Hollywood’s indifference and to how the majority of people live and work was prefigured in A Bronx Tale. The setting for this scene takes place after the Yankees lost the 1960 World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 7th game when Bill Mazeroszki hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning, winning the game and the lopsided series:
Young Calogero: Bill Mazeroski, I hate him. He made Mickey Mantle cry. The paper said the Mick cried.
Sonny: Mickey Mantle? That’s what you’re upset about? Mantle makes $100,000 a year. How much does your father make? If your father can’t pay the rent, go ask Mickey Mantle and see what he tells you. Mickey Mantle don’t care about you. Why should you care about him? Nobody cares.
Here’s the two-minute scene:
Later, Calogero’s father says to his wife, “The other night he threw away his baseball cards because he said Mickey Mantle wouldn’t pay our rent.” Of course, he wouldn’t, and neither would Martin Sheen ($50 million net worth), Sally Field ($55 million net worth), or Meryl Streep ($45 million). If you don’t believe me, ask them.
Why should we listen to these people? Why should we care? What have they done and what would they do for you or me? Nothing.
The first video these Hollywood entertainers put out tried to persuade members of the Electoral College to vote against Trump. In the latest video, the participants are calling on Congress to “obstruct” Trump and the GOP. Sally Field, Steve Buscemi ($35 million net worth), and Rosie Perez ($8 million net worth) are the only actors I recognize. I guess the other people in the video are important, but they are of no consequence to me or most Americans. It looks like they represent special interest groups that make up the core of the Democrat Party. One person looks like the SNL “It’s Pat” character, “an androgynous misfit whose gender is never revealed.” The film It’s Pat “has a rare 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.” This video would get the same rating.
Of course, it is Congress’ job to “check and balance” the Executive Branch. The problem is, these same liberal Trump obstructionists did not call on Congress to “obstruct” Barack Obama when he was in office.
“Meryl Streep said nothing when Obama’s Justice Department was targeting reporters and intercepting their communications; she said nothing when Obama’s Justice Department was arming Mexican drug lords, resulting in murder; she said nothing when Obama’s IRS was threatening and intimidating private citizens because of their viewpoints; she said nothing when Obama’s NSA was gathering a massive amount of telephonic activity by American citizens; she said nothing when Obama threw Israel over the cliff at the UN; she said nothing when Obama’s policies (or lack thereof) contributed to the growth of ISIS and its genocide, rape, slavery, and torture; etc.”
Obama’s policies didn’t affect these multi-millionaires. Does Streep care if businesses are forced to pay $15.00 per hour plus the increase in Social Security, Medicare, and Unemployment taxes and as a result go out of business?
Below is a much shorter video from the folks at Townhall that mocks the liberal elite video: