Thursday, March 13, 2003[posted by jaed at 12:38 PM]
"It wasn't very hip."
John Fund's Political Diary reviews recent history to show that the anti-war stance of some celebrities is, well, context-dependent:
Similarly, singer Sheryl Crow is appalled by George Bush's moves against Iraq, but she had no problem with Bill Clinton's intervention in the Balkans. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the singer accompanied Hillary Clinton on a USO tour to entertain U.S. troops in Bosnia. "Once over there, I felt extremely patriotic," Ms. Crow told a reporter that year. "Here are these people, from 18-year-olds to military veterans, enduring real duress for the cause of peace. I don't ever want to play for a regular audience again, only military folks who are starving for music." Ms. Crow hasn't been seen around any military bases lately.I'm not actually sure how important this is, because (I hope) anti-war protesters aren't actually looking to Hollywood stars for moral guidance, only for a sort of coolness-glaze applied to an already existing position. Their moral inconsistency doesn't really matter for that role. But I can't help being a little disgusted.