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Celebs Rally Against ‘Book Bans,’ Ignore Real Censorship

Guillermo del Toro, Mark Ruffalo, Chelsea Handler attack straw men, ignore real threat

Hollywood has been mostly silent on the wave of censorship washing over the culture.

Consider the following examples in the arts alone.

It’s just a partial list, but it’s damning all the same. And that doesn’t include Big Tech censors restricting both comedy and free speech across YouTube, TikTok, Facebook and more.

Celebrities routinely weigh in on subjects they have little to no expertise on, from border enforcement to gun control. Their livelihoods depend on free expression, yet most are stone silent on the subject.

The exceptions include:

  • Bill Maher
  • Joe Rogan
  • Rob Schneider
  • John Cleese
  • Nick Searcy 

And, to a lesser extent, both Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg

Now, a gaggle of stars is skewering so-called “book bans” happening across the nation.

Upwards of 175 actors, musicians, authors, comedians, reality stars, models, media personalities, academics, activists and more have signed the open letter spearheaded by Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton and published Tuesday via public advocacy organization and political action committee MoveOn Political Action.

That’s your first clue the mission is politically motivated. MoveOn.org is a progressive body that promotes Democratic causes.

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Why make censorship a political matter?

Here’s why.

One, many of the “book bans” in question involved sexually graphic tomes that have no business being in a school setting. Conservatives are trying to protect children from inappropriate material, while Democrats want this filth in schools nationwide.

Two, the conservative movement has embraced free speech as a core principle in the modern era. The Left, the former champions of free expression, now favors hate speech restrictions and looks the other way as the U.S. government censors American citizens.

A lot.

The next time you watch college students shout down a conservative speaker consider which party they call home.

There’s only one answer. And they’re proud of it.

And when social media giants like Facebook and Twitter banned President Donald Trump three years ago, many celebrities cheered the move.

Here is a partial list of the actors involved in the new “book banning” statement.

Mark Ruffalo, Billy Porter, Chelsea Handler, Constance Wu, John Leguizamo, Christie Brinkley, Angie Thomas, Raquel Willis, Idina Menzel, Roxane Gay, Adina Porter, Judy Blume, Busy Philipps, Garbage, Jodi Picoult, Natasha Rothwell, Andy Cohen, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Abigail Disney, Jazz Jennings, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ian Black, Sharon Stone, Judd Apatow, Nikki Giovanni, Alyssa Milano, Bill Nye, Zooey Deschanel, Patton Oswalt, Aisha Tyler, Natasha Lyonne, Maia Kobabe, Zoe Lister-Jones, Alok and Ava Max.

How many of those stars have spoken out against sensitivity readers? Big Tech censorship? The Biden administration’s censorship regime? Attacks on comedians for telling the “wrong” jokes?

None, to this reporter’s knowledge. If that is incorrect please share the details in the comments section.

Heck, Disney tried to censor “Jihad Rehab,” a film she previously championed after the woke mob targeted it for extinction.

It’s one thing for Hollywood stars to remain silent on modern censorship. It’s gross, but we can’t force celebrities to speak out on every issue of the day, even one that directly impacts their art form.

For some of these same stars to rally behind a politically charged effort that ignores the larger, toxic threat to free speech is something far more insidious.

11 Comments

  1. Does this mean my Kid can get Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye and Dr Seuss again? Lefturds used to think book banning was cool.

  2. Chelsea Handler strikes me as Howard Stern in drag. She’s sexist(anti-male, of course), and she’s also Miss Left.

  3. I doubt most of them realize the actual content of the books and the grades/ages being discussed. They are mostly too stupid to find out.

  4. The hypocrisy is deafening. Not one peep from any of these celebrities when their sacred cows are being offended. So, 30 Rock deletes several episodes from streaming episodes because white actors appear in blackface. As mentioned, the reality of Popeye Doyle’s 70s era speech, using the n-word, gets deleted from the French Connection. The list of censored Disney animated films, or Dr. Seuss books, is lengthy. Georges Santayana warned us that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So, censor if you want, and someday this will come back to haunt you in ways that you cannot even imagine.

    1. It’s all political to today’s stars. They’ll stick their neck out if it makes them look like good soldiers in the progressive army. It makes me sick. Thanks for your comments.

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