Monday, May 23, 2005

The Right Boycotts Star Wars

This article pointed me to PABAAH.com. On the site I found a list of actors to Boycott. They also have a petition to charge Michael Moore with treason.

Here is their boycott list:
The following celebrities have betrayed America during its time of need and are on a boycott list being circulated... Their products will not be purchased, we will support them no longer!
F. Murray Abraham Pedro Almodovar Robert Altman Jennifer Aniston Gillian Anderson Christina Applegate Ed Asner Kevin Bacon Marcia Ball Alec Baldwin The Barenaked Ladies Drew Barrymore Kim Basinger Kathy Bates The Beastie Boys Warren Beatty Harry Belafonte Eric Benet Sandra Bernhard Mary J Blige Bono Peter Boyle Beau Bridges Jackson Browne Gabriel Byrne Jim Carrey Stockard Channing Chevy Chase Cher Don Cheadle Margaret Cho Jill Clayburgh David Clennon George Clooney Glen Close Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Paula Cole Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs Chris Cooper Peter Coyote James Cromwell Sheryl Crowe Alan Cumming Joan Cusak John Cusak Matt Damon Tyne Daley Geena Davis Ossie Davis Rosario Dawson Jonathan Demme Judy Dench Johnny Depp Leonardo DiCaprio Ani DiFranco The Dixie Chicks Vincent D’Onofrio Ileana Douglas Richard Dreyfuss David Duchovny Olympia Dukakis Kirsten Dunst Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit Charles S. Dutton Steve Earle Roger Ebert Hector Elizondo Cary Elwes Eminem Mike Farrell Mia Farrow Laurence Fishburne Jane Fonda Harrison Ford Al Franken Brendan Fraser Peter Gabriel Janeane Garafalo Teri Garr Richard Gere Greg Germann Melissa Gilbert Danny Glover Elliott Gould Hugh Grant Melanie Griffith Robert Guillaume Jake Gyllenhaal Maggie Gyllenhaal Larry Hagman Marcia Gay Harden Woody Harrelson Ed Harris Ethan Hawke Selma Hayek Dustin Hoffman Ron Howard Helen Hunt Anjelica Huston Chrissy Hynde Natalie Imbruglia Jeremy Irons Peter Jackson Samuel L. Jackson Elton John Angelina Jolie Jane Kaczmarek Melina Kanakaredes Casey Kasem Maynard Keenan (Tool) Nicole Kidman Stephen King Ben Kingsley Sally Kirkland Nathan Lane Jessica Lange Anthony Lapaglia Queen Latifah Heath Ledger Spike Lee Annie Lennox Tea Leoni George Lucas Joana Lumley Kelly Lynch Madonna Wendie Malick Camryn Manheim Rob Marshall Chris Martin of the band Coldplay/Mr. Paltrow Marsha Mason Dave Matthews Sir Ian Mckellan John Cougar Mellencamp Natalie Merchant Moby Julianne Moore Esai Morales Alanis Morissette Shelly Morrison Viggo Mortensen Willie Nelson Randy Newman Nick Nolte Ed Norton Chris Noth Rosie O'Donnell Ed O'Neill Ozzy Osbourne Al Pacino Gwyneth Paltrow Sarah Jessica Parker Alexandra Paul Sean Penn Barry Pepper Jeremy Piven CCH Pounder Jonathan Pryce (REM)Peter Buck and Michael Stipe Bonnie Raitt Robert Redford Lou Reed Carl Reiner Rob Reiner Eric Roberts Julia Roberts Tim Robbins Chris Rock Linda Ronstadt Carlos Santana Susan Sarandon Anabella Sciorra Jane Seymour Martin Sheen Martin Scorsese Tony Shalhoub Will Smith Kevin Spacey Bruce Springsteen Howard Stern Sting Oliver Stone Sharon Stone Marcia Strassman Meryl Streep Barbara Streisand Loretta Swit Jay Thomas Heather Thomas Emma Thompson Uma Thurman Marisa Tomei Lily Tomlin Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam Andrew Lloyd Webber Will Wheaton Bradley Whitford James Whitmore Robin Williams Alfre Woodard Noah Wyle Michael York Neil Young Renee Zellweger Imports From: France
STUDIOS: Miramax Lions Gate
Theatres: AMC Canadia.n Multi-Cinema Inc. Regal Cinemas (UA, Hoyts) Loews Cineplex Corporation Landmark Theaters Cinemark USA Century Theatres Inc. Signature Theatres John Kerasotes Theaters

here's the link, but you will need to register. REMINDER: you can always open a new, free email address at yahoo or hotmail, etc. and then use that email account to register at websites you don't quite trust.

Here's their explanation for why to boycott Star Wars, though it mostly quotes a news article:

When will Hollywood learn? George Lucas and his intergalactic empire have now been added to our official boycott list. Sad...but necessary. A bigger Star Wars fan you'll never find...until now. Our country is at war and Lucas spouts off this crap?
Star Wars a cautionary tale about politics
Star Wars is a wakeup call to Americans about the erosion of democratic freedoms under George W. Bush, George Lucas said yesterday.
Lucas, at a Cannes film festival press conference yesterday, said he first wrote the framework of Star Wars in 1971 when reacting to then-U.S. president Richard Nixon and the events of the Vietnam War. But the story still has relevance today, he said, and is part of a pattern he has noticed in history.
"I didn't think it was going to get quite this close," he said of the parallels between the Nixon era and the Bush presidency, which has been sacrificing freedoms in the interests of national security.
"It is just one of those re-occuring things. I hope this doesn't come true in our country. Maybe the film will awaken people to the situation of how dangerous it is . . . The parallels between what we did in Vietnam and what we are doing now in Iraq are unbelievable."
In the latest film, the Palpatine character takes over as ruler of the universe with the co-operation of the other politicians.
"Because this is the back story (of the Star Wars saga), one of the main features of the back story was to tell how the Republic became the Empire," Lucas said.
"At the time I did that, it was during the Vietnam War and the Nixon era. The issue was: How does a democracy turn itself over to a dictator? Not how does a dictator take over, but how does a democracy and Senate give it away?"
Lucas cited the Roman empire in the wake of Caesar's death, France after the revolution and Hitler's rise in Germany as historical examples of countries giving themselves over to dictators.
"They all seem to happen in the same way with the same issues: Threats from the outside; they need more control; and a democratic body not being able to function properly because everybody's squabbling."
Lucas earned applause for his comments before joining actors Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman (who has shaved her head for a new role), Samuel L. Jackson, Ian McDiarmid and Anthony Daniels in a free-wheeling discussion of Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge Of The Sith, which made its world premiere last night out-of- competition.
This was before the Cannes brass presented Lucas with an honour called "the trophy of the festival."

I find the line "when will Hollywood learn?" humorous. Learn what? Well, whatever it is, they probably won't learn it this time, now that the movie has broken box office records.


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