Alec Baldwin Compares Late Night TV to “Grand Juries”
Alec Baldwin accidentally made a good point today when he tweeted this:
Obviously the point he is trying to make is idiotic for many reasons. Not the least of which is he is so politically outspoken himself. He doesn’t have much room to point fingers in that regard.
But the fact that focusing more on politics gave the Late Show the famed Colbert Bump is revealing. And, yes, John Oliver’s HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is specifically comedic political entertainment. The problem is too many people give a damn what any of these shmucks have to say.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Colbert. His Comedy Central show probably made me laugh harder then any other show of its kind. I love John Oliver’s work. And Alec Baldwin filled the void in my heart left when Johnny Depp’s performance in Charlie and the Chocolate factory meant he could no longer be my favorite actor.
But at the end of the day, they are nothing more than entertainers in the sense that their personal lives and opinions shouldn’t have an impact on how any of us see the world.
It isn’t progress that has transformed late night television into the Drudge Report of the left. It’s just another symptom of America’s celebrity dependency. These guys are all mega-talented. At entertaining. They are not moral compasses. And it’s just weird anybody would think anyone out of Hollywood should be.
Baldwin is right that for decades late night talk TV was a pit stop for celebrities to trade harmless banter with professional harmless banterers in order to promote their latest project. But that’s over. Late night TV is no longer a place for stupid animal tricks. It’s now just another medium stupid humans use to think for them.
It’s this type of celebrity obsession that allowed a reality show star to become our president. It’s time for people to start thinking for themselves. Celebrities are here to entertain us. Allow them any more agency than that at all of our peril.