I’ve long understood that the Hollywood types in our midst tend to be more liberal than the rest of us…but it seems like, until recently, most remained somewhat connected to reality, even as their ideas were vastly different from those held by “middle America.”
Now, however, it really does appear as though an unfortunately-high number of otherwise-intelligent, articulate people in the Hollywood community are simply bonkers.
The latest example to this effect concerns the talented, beautiful, and very bright American “A-list” actress Angelina Jolie Pitt. Ms. (Mrs.? Who knows anymore…) Jolie Pitt was in attendance at the London headquarters of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Monday, where a special day of coverage dedicated to the topic of migration, called “World on the Move,” was held. She was there to deliver the keynote address in her capacity as United Nations Special Envoy for Refugee Issues.
Jolie Pitt said, in part:
“ …fear of uncontrolled migration has eroded public confidence and the ability of Governments and international institutions to control the situation.
It has given space to a false air of legitimacy to those who promote politics of fear and separation. It has created the risk of a race to the bottom, with countries competing to be the toughest, in the hope of protecting themselves whatever the cost or challenge to their neighbours, and despite their international responsibilities.
But since no country can seal itself off from the impact of the refugee crisis such a free for all would lead to an even greater set of problems.
It would amount to the worst of both worlds failing to tackle the issue and undermining international law and our values in the process.”
In other words, if you are not for open borders, it is because you choose to live in fear and separation from the rest of the world, while strength in this area is demonstrated only by your willingness to let Muslim refugees flow in to your land with essentially no controls or restrictions whatsoever.
As you might imagine, the response on British news sites to the actress’s remarks was largely in her disfavor. The most common criticisms revolved around the obvious fact, known to all, that the very few, like Jolie Pitt, who occupy the rarefied air to which most of the rest of us will never have access, have vast sums of money that will afford them the privilege of remaining entirely insulated in comfort and safety…while the rest of us who make up the “great unwashed” will be the poor slobs forced to deal directly with the fallout of unchecked immigration from the world over.
This is what blows me away. Surely, as a smart woman, she is capable of recognizing and comprehending the risks to stable, Western nations from massive inflows of refugees…and yet she is all for them.
This is why I say that she and the others like her…are just bonkers; I mean, how else do you explain it?
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large