From: A. J. Gevaerd <aj.nul> Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 18:48:27 -0300 Archived: Mon, 03 Oct 2011 07:27:40 -0400 Subject: Re: Shirley MacLaine >From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 13:11:25 -0500 >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 <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. Okay, Jerry. Thanks again for your input, which I will try to use in my intro of the interview. A. J. 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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