If there were ever a choice between being a ignoramus or a hypocrite, I would choose the latter because at least I would be in control of my actions. I appreciate George Clooney’s body of work, especially the movies â€œSyriana*,â€ and â€œMichael Clayton**.â€ It is very likely that his new or upcoming movie â€œMoney Monster***,â€ I will add to my list of favorites. Nevertheless, there is a disconnect between Mr. Clooney’s actions and the archetypes that he portraits, because the archetypes that he defends in fiction does not correspond the way he acts in real life. So the question arises; â€œIs George Clooney a hypocrite or an ignoramus?â€
The archetypal story narrated in â€œSyriana,â€ shows how the United States of America bullies other countries to abide to its hegemony. The movie â€œMichael Claytonâ€ narrates how a person with integrity decides to speak truth to power. The movie to be released in 2016 is called â€œMoney Monster,â€ I have not watched the movie yet, nobody has, yet the trailer shows how a TV-stock-commentator becomes an ally in discovering the wrong doings of the Wall Street once he is kidnapped. These three movies have the archetypal patterns of integrity and saying truth to power. Yet in real life Mr. Clooney’s behavior reflects the opposite.
Suppose I am famous for acting and producing movies against the mafia, my works narrates how the mafia destroys the fabric of societies and are terrible to the economy. Yet, in real life you find me having dinners and supporting mafiosi presidential candidates. The question one should have for me would be: â€œIs B. Sandy an ignoramus or a hypocrite?â€ Apparently, B. Sandy cannot translate his work to real life, the two things that would remain in question would be his intelligence or his integrity.
Unfortunately, this is how George Clooney appears to me and appears to be. For instance, in â€œSyrianaâ€ he narrates how the USA is wrong by holding a hegemony in the Middle East and yet he supports Hillary Clinton who professes to be a warmonger and it also professes that the USA is entitled to change regimes in Middle East without accountability to facts. She voted for the Iraq War on failed intelligence data and in several occasions echoed the words of Dick Cheney and alike.
Furthermore, in the movie â€œMichael Claytonâ€ and â€œMoney Monsterâ€ George Clooney narrates the lack of integrity of corporations and how it destroys the fabric of the society and yet in real life he supports Hillary Clinton along with her husband who have a history of deregulating banking and giving private speeches at Goldman Sachs at $225,000.00.
It is too linear to say that Mr. Clooney is neither an economist nor a philosopher, he is a producer, director and an actor; yet if he has the common sense to take roles that narrates the corruption in our lives; why is he unable to translate his work to actions? For instance, the actor Matt Damon was very inspired by the calls of â€œWe Can Change,â€ chanted by Obama’s election campaign. Eventually, he took a job to be the voice-over for the documentary* â€œInside Job*4*.â€ In the movie â€œInside Job,â€ Mr. Damon was able to make a connection from the screen to real life how most of the promises of change did not change the banking industry at all. Since then he cut ties with the Obama administration who supports Hillary Clinton’s nomination.
Evidently Mr. Damon realized that would have been a case of hypocrisy had he narrated â€œInside Jobâ€ and continued to be supporting the Obama administration. If the banking industry was Too-big-to-fail (TBTF) in 2008, they are much bigger in 2016. The banks left standing were able to consolidate the assets, accounts and liquidity of the smaller banks; translation, the banking oligopoly is now even stronger than 2008. The Federal Reserve assets and power dwarfs in comparison with the banks TBTF when they are combined. While the FED has $4.5 trillions in assets the TBTF has $47 trillions. It is important to consider that many of these trillions of dollars exist because of a psychological condition in economics called â€œconsumer confidence.â€ Once consumer confidence evaporates trillions of dollars will create a bigger domino-effect with bigger dominoes than we had in 2008.
On March 24, 2016 Politico.com published an articled titled â€œClinton Asks For $353K To Sit With The Clooneys*5*;â€ therefore, it is clear and obvious to have access to Clinton is not a democratic process but a financial process. Such event, is the Democratic Party’s version of Mitt Romney’s closed door dinner for the affluent when he was secretly video-recorded outing the quote that became the infamous citation known as the â€œ47%â€ quote; â€œAnd so my job is not to worry about those people â€” Iâ€™ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like.â€Â Will Clooney’s dinner generate a new and similar villainous remark? Or will the Clooney’s security do a good job confiscating every cell phone from all the waiters cooks, coat checkers, dishwasher and busboys who works for the event?
I will not be attending Clooney’s dinner; in fact, I am not even aware if Taco Bell sells lobsters because I only look at Taco Bell’s one-dollar menu. It has not been easy for Matt Damon to take a new stand against Obama’s administration; in his most recent job he was left to die on Mars and survived on planting potato for years*6*. Evidently, in this paragraph I am having problems separating reality from fiction, but I am not the only one. George Clooney is also having the same problem, portraying actors who have integrity; but on real life supporting a political candidate who gives private speeches to Goldman Sachs at $225,000.00 a pop, who accepts contributions from big-pharma, and the military industrial complex, bent on supporting a presidential candidate who will maintain the status quo and American hegemony.
Post Script: To many Clooney’s endorsement is important, please also read my blog â€œI will not Endorse Bernie Sandersâ€*7* to learn about the archetypal mechanics of endorsements.
Source*: “Syriana,” 2005Â© Warner Bros. Pictures.
Source**: “Michael Clayton,” 2007Â© Warner Bros.
Source***: “Money Monster,” 2016Â© TriStar Pictures.
Source*4*: “Inside Job,” documentary, 2010Â© Sony Pictures Classic.
Source*6*: Joke alluding to “The Martian,” 2015Â© 20th Century Fox.
This blog was originally posted on March 28, later edited and re-posted at “Los Angeles for Bernie dot Org”