I’ve interviewed Rob Reiner on TV and think he’s a terrific film director. And while he and I certainly don’t agree on much politically, I’ve always found him to be the (now, sadly rare) type of liberal who can have a respectful, friendly debate and disagree without getting disagreeable.
Here’s proof: he’s warning fellow celebrities that all their over-the-top Trump-bashing is only helping Trump by energizing his base and seemingly proving his point that his critics are nasty, arrogant elitists. His example was Robert DeNiro’s latest foul-mouthed anti-Trump rant at the Tony Awards, which his fellow actors made worse by rewarding it with a standing ovation.
If you look at the next-day coverage in the entertainment press, you’ll find praise for that moment as “galvanizing,” epic, historic, dramatic and inspiring. Actually, it was a deranged man yelling the F-word at the President on live TV, and his colleagues signaling wild approval of his offensive and inappropriate behavior – all while they were in the middle of their once-a-year free network commercial to sell Midwestern tourists on buying Broadway tickets. The next day, all the stories about the event barely mentioned the winning shows. But they gave tons of space to the foul-mouthed elitist actor insulting the President and his supporters, and to the entire theater community giving that a standing ovation. Wonder how many Trump voters who’d been thinking of coming to New York to see a Broadway show decided to vacation at Yellowstone instead, where they can get more intelligent political commentary from bears? Yep, you liberal actors really showed Trump!
They should listen to Rob Reiner. He directed “This Is Spinal Tap” and helped create the phrase, “These go to 11,” so he understands people who can’t quite grasp when they’re making fools of themselves. He’s right: Hollywood liberals should quit turning their Trump hatred up to 11 in public before the public turns their box office receipts down to zero. Or less. Our respect knob for people who curse the President on live TV goes lower than zero.