The wealthy elite actors who are the face of the #resistance have had a very bad day. After Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court on June 27, wailing and grinding of teeth could be heard from Tinseltown across the Twitterverse. The apocalyptic predictions reached a fever pitch: Kennedy’s retiring meant the end of Roe v. Wade, the end of democracy, and the end of our government, according to Hollywood. Statements like, “This is a disaster,” “We are in MAJOR, MAJOR trouble,” and “SCOTUS is going to be a dumpster fire,” echoed throughout.
This Fall TV season is starting to arrive and the Emmys are just around the corner. Likely both will provide the media with new opportunities to preach to ordinary Americans about how diverse Hollywood is. But what those claims won’t tell you is that Hollywood is one of the most racist, sexist places to work.
On Wednesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, actor and former Obama staffer Kal Penn appeared to talk about his new show Designated Survivor. Since he plays the White House Press Secretary on the fictional show, Kimmel asked Penn if Sean Spicer influenced his acting at all. Penn took that opportunity to mock Spicer as a joke and praise the former press secretary, Josh Earnest, as a more honorable mentor that influenced his role.
CNN's New Day on Monday trumpeted Kal Penn's online fundraiser for refugees, and gave him a platform to attack President Trump over his recent executive order on immigration. Penn underlined that "the Women's March was a great example of coming together and standing up against the, sort of, tyranny that we're experiencing right now." The former Obama administration official later cited how his fundraiser was inspired by "the lessons we learned from Barack and Michelle Obama: when they go low, we go high."
Harold & Kumar Go to the DNC.
Or at least Kumar aka Kal Penn is going to the DNC. As you can see in this video, actor Kal Penn who worked on and off for the Obama administration for a couple of years will be hosting a show at the Democrat National Convention this Thursday for BarackObama.Com. Since the main characteristic of Kumar in the movies is heavy duty marijuana smoking, how would that character feel about the big crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries by the Obama administration? Kumar would probably dare to ask Obama about the hypocrisy of trying to appeal to the "stoner" vote while cracking down on marijuana but the question is open if Kal Penn dares to put the question to the President.
Actor and former Obama White House staffer Kal Penn joined Alyssa Milano and a handful of other actors in a short video urging "Funny or Die" website visitors to take time to vote next Tuesday, comparing the time it would take to do so with "much worse ways to spend 10 minutes," like "talk[ing] to your parents about the first time they had sex." [h/t blogger Robert Stacy McCain]
"That is a long ten minutes," Eric McCormack deadpanned in response.
But far from being a simple "do your civic duty and vote" PSA, the video skews leftward, taking thinly-veiled swipes at social conservatives and Tea Party voters.
It takes about ten minuts to "listen to your stupid uncle talk about the dangers of gay marriage," actor Eriq LaSalle noted.