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Dear George Clooney: Hollywood Is Coarsening Our Discourse

Liberal star's bubble-dwelling mentality revealed during HBO Max's Wallace chat

George Clooney admits he was wrong, adding he might be wrong again.

The “Ocean’s 11” star didn’t think America would elect a flawed figure like Donald Trump to the presidency. Now, he’s fearful it could happen a second time.

He shared those views on fading news star Chris Wallace’s HBO Max showcase. “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” let Clooney wax poetic on politics while, in theory, promote his new rom-com, “Ticket to Paradise.”

Ticket to Paradise | Official Trailer [HD]

Clooney co-stars with Julia Roberts as an estranged couple hoping to prevent their daughter from getting hitched.

Clooney, one of Hollywood’s most openly political stars, trotted out the standard Democrat talking points during the Wallace chat.

  • How dare GOP governors bring illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities unannounced
  • Democracy is in peril if Trump 2.0 happens

He also mentioned something else, though, an argument that smacks of an extreme lack of awareness.

“So I look at where we are in this sort of coarsening of our discourse, and I find it to be worrying,” Clooney said, referring to conservatives cheering on the illegal immigrant movements meant to showcase liberal hypocrisy and the stress communities faces via open borders.

Clooney didn’t mention those factors, but facts are facts. And a good journalist would name check those arguments, but Wallace is no longer a good journalist.


Regardless, Clooney does touch on a worthwhile conversation. Our discourse is getting worse, but he doesn’t admit who’s partly to blame. 

Hollywood, Inc.

To Clooney’s credit, he remains civil when broaching political matters. He’s not ranting or raving, nor does he use harsh language or make histrionic claims. And he often uses his art to explore ideological debates, like his 2011 film “The Ides of March.”

THE IDES OF MARCH - Official Trailer - In Theaters 10/7

You don’t have to agree with his political views to admire his restraint. Except many of his peers have no such qualms about “coarsening the discourse.”

They do it all the time.

“Hate” night TV is a steady culprit, from Stephen Colbert’s vile attempt to connect President Trump with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to now-canceled Samantha Bee using a sexual slur against the First Daughter.

It’s Oscar-winner Robert De Niro shouting a profanity during his time at the Tony Awards presentation.

What about a venerable comedy show calling Trump supporters “Nazis?” Or every third celebrity comparing Trump, or his flock, to Hitler?

The list could go on, and on, especially if we highlight the corrosive Tweets regularly shared by today’s stars.

The point is made.

Yes, Trump’s brash, often boorish behavior did no favors to the political conversation (Nor has President Joe Biden, clumsily attacking large swathes of Americans as “semi-fascist”).

Hollywood has led the charge in coarsening the political culture, and it’s been going on for some time. That Clooney, one of the industry’s most vocal stars doesn’t realize it reflects poorly on him.


  1. If George did not have an aunt named Rosemary to open The Magic Door for him, no one would even know his name. He is a mediocre talent, if that. His skill in trade is to memorize other people’s words and parrot them on a stage. If no movies were made for a year, you would happily watch older movies. If your garbage were not picked up for a year, you’d really notice it. That is the upside down world we live in, where a nobody like George Clooney rates higher than the person who really makes a difference in your life.

    George studied in History and Political Science at Northern Kentucky University and University of Cincinnati, but never earned a degree. He is no one to talk about anything. He is a know nothing and a hypocrite. Wouldn’t it be great to hear him have to explain exactly what it was that Trump did that was so bad?

  2. For someone who seemingly aspires to be a political mover and shaker, Clooney doesn’t possess the intellectual curiosity needed to figure out what makes the other side tick. He appears quite content with regurgitating the everlastingly banal and insipid talking points of his peers and as a result, bores the h-e-double-hockey sticks out of everyone. That is deadly in politics or entertainment. His political maneuvers to date do not suggest that a political career that is as successful as his Hollywood career is in his future.

  3. JustSayin is correct. Former President Trump RESPONDS AND RARELY INITIATES. And what about the boorish comments that many have said about him and his family? The man does tend to shoot from the hip, but he is tough minded, and he produces results in contrast to what is currently in the White House

  4. Always remember. Trump RESPONDS. He rarely initiates. Look up all his supposed boorish comments and check who said what, days or hours before his blurbs.

    1. Exactly. But I suppose his supposed crime is in that he gives back what he takes in the first place – there is still such a mindset even among many conservatives that our representatives are supposed to just quietly take the trashing, for the sake of ‘dignity’ or whatever. It’s a pretty outdated mindset. Many of us who voted for Trump weren’t looking for another Bush after all, but for an actual fighter. So call it ‘boorish’ all if you will that he hits back, and sometimes hard, but it’s turned our side into better fighters for our causes in general. When it is our enemies who have in fact set this tone, as they did to Trump starting in 2015 comparing him to Hitler right off the bat (following LONG stream of Republicans they did to the same to before him), then it is odd to me for Trump to be accused by our side of ‘taking things too far’. Does he? For instance, has he ever attacked Democrat voters? Can anyone name ONE time he did? Because I certainly can’t…but I know that our ever so amiable Biden (and the DNC) has gotten away constantly with denigrating all Trump voters as threats to our nation. Funny, but Trump is supposed to be the most divisive politician in history.

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