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 Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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