Thank you, Ben Stein...

Not content to play bass at Evergreen, Ben Stein has written a wonderful little essay on the oscars:

No doubt the men and women who came to the Oscars in gowns that cost more than an Army Sergeant makes in a year, in limousines with champagne in the back seat, think they are working class heroes to attack America -- which has made it all possible for them. They are not. They would be heroes if they said that Moslem extremists are the worst threat to human decency since Hitler and Stalin. But someone might yell at them or even attack them with a knife if they said that, so they never will.

Now when you read the whole story, try and imaging his droning monotone singing to your soul.


Ben J said...

always good for the monotone, and it always reminds me of being a kid and watching wonder years.

what ever happened to his show "Win Ben Stein's Money"?

Anonymous said...

The brave guy in Hollywood will be the one who says that this is a fabulously great country where we treat gays, blacks, and everyone else as equal.

Since when? How is not giving gay couples the same legal rights that heterosexual couples have treating them equally? We don't have "don't ask, don't tell" policies for any other group of people do we?

Cox said...

Firstly, thanks for reading the whole article and not just reacting to a soundbyte.

There are many things that people consider important that are considered part of a "don't ask-don't tell" basis. Religious affiliation, political preference, country of origin and a whole list of questions you are not allowed to ask a prospective employee. Sexual Orientation is just one many.

Anonymous said...

Firstly, I did read the entire article. It was that one statement that I had an issue with.

The "don't ask, don't tell" policy I was referring to is the one in the military, and you knew that. I apologize I didn't make that more clear, I didn't think I had to. You won't be kicked out of the military for religious affiliation, political preference, or country of origin.