Hollywood celebrities including Michael Douglas, Nicole Kidman, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Don Johnson as well as 80 others condemned terrorism in a full page advertisement in today’s Los Angeles Times.
Seeing some real conviction from a group not normally known for expressing political backbone is very encouraging. In the current Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, almost every story we hear from liberals is on the good Hezbollah has done, the over-response by Israel, the civilian casualties Israel’s bombings caused, and other pro-Hezbollah rhetoric.
But to see Hollywood stars sign their names to statements including “If we do not succeed in stopping terrorism around the world, chaos will rule and innocent people will continue to die” signals that there is still some sanity in Hollywood.
I was certain that this advertisement would be mentioned quite prominently in the news today as a anti-terrorist statement supported by several leading Hollywood stars is certainly controversial enough to generate interest. But after several Google searches, the primary reporting on this comes from this story from the Daily Telegraph – that’s right an Australian site! As I write this now, there are several other mentions of the story – also from Australia. And Australia has a reasonable interest in this story to the involvment of the Aussie native Kidman. But where is the US coverage and insightful commentary by the main stream media on this statement?