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Re: Shirley MacLaine

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 13:11:25 -0500
Archived: Sun, 02 Oct 2011 14:20:57 -0400
Subject: Re: Shirley MacLaine


>From: From: A. J. Gevaerd - Revista UFO <aj.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 12:34:48 -0300
>Subject: Re: Shirley MacLaine

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 09:18:18 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Shirley MacLaine

>>>From: A. J. Gevaerd - Revista UFO <aj.nul>
>>>To: <post.nul>
>>>Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2011 18:56:17 -0300
>>>Subject: Re: Shirley MacLaine

<snip>

>I must say that, so far, among the info that I got about her,
>yours isn't majority, while shared with several people.

Since you provide no specifics, A. J., I can't address this
sentence or discern its genesis. I can tell you, however, as an
American with a keen interest in this country's history,
politics, and culture, that my characterization of her is
accurate.

If by "very influential" your source meant that Shirley MacLaine
knows people in politics... well, yes, of course she does.
Politicians worship Hollywood celebrities just as many other
people do; that's been the subject of entire books. (Let me
state my own prejudice: I don't worship Hollywood celebrities. I
do appreciate good acting.) That MacLaine can have doors opened
to her that would be closed to you and me... well, she's a big
celebrity, and celebrities get to experience that favor as their
due. Whether she is influential in government, though, is quite
another question, to which the answer is no.

As a political figure MacLaine was among the first female
Hollywood celebrities to attach themselves to rising feminist
activism in the 1970s. In those days she gave money to feminist
groups and shared platforms with prominent figures in the
movement, which did indeed prove influential, though it would
have done so with or without MacLaine's assistance. MacLaine
only rode the train; she didn't build it or the tracks on which
it moved.

Her erstwhile feminist associates sometimes expressed
disappointment at her subsequent embrace of fringe pursuits,
which only made her the butt of the late-night television comics
and other culture bellwethers, put her out of the national
conversation, and ended her credibility as a spokesperson on
mainstream issues.


Jerry Clark



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