Friday, January 16, 2009

Tom Hanks Disappoints

"The truth is this [the show Big Love] takes place in Utah, the truth is these people are some bizarre offshoot of the Mormon Church, and the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen...There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American and I am one of them. I do not like to see any discrimination codified on any piece of paper, any of the 50 states in America, but here's what happens now. A little bit of light can be shed and people can see who's responsible and that can motivate the next go around of our self correcting constitution and hopefully we can move forward instead of backwards. So lets have faith in not only the American, but Californian constitutional process.”
-Tom Hanks at the premiere of the new season of the show Big Love
Apart from the fact that I've heard that the show Big Love is incredibly boring, the fact that Hanks would compare these polygamists to mainstream Mormons in a serious way is offensive. The fact that he immediately calls them un-American for being socially conservative is offensive. I may not agree with them, but finger pointing and name calling is just as bad when the left does it as when the right does it. You can't have it both ways. You can't freak out when Palin calls people un-American for socialistic tendencies then turn right around and call social conservatives un-American.

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