Tuesday, May 31, 2005

"Why Movie Stars Should Shut Their Big Fat Yaps"

...is the name of this posting I saw mentioned at Michelle Malkin's place about some typical stupidity issuing from a celebrity's noise hole. This time it's the hot-and-talented Scarlett Johansson showing that underneath it all, she's pretty vacant and apparently has been too busy working to catch up on ancient history:

According to Moviehole.net, the actress, who plays a clone in the upcoming "The Island," is "very much pro-stem cell research"—apparently meaning the embryonic kind, since that's the only one that is, as the article notes, "a political hot potato."

"I think that there’s a lot of wonderful possibilities erupting," Johansson explains. "I mean, if they could eliminate diseases like Alzheimer’s and polio that would be incredible."

"Eliminate polio"! Bwa ha ha.

Someone ought to tell Ms. Johansson that while she's been in a "Ghost World," a cure for polio's been available for 50 years. It is incredible—and no embryonic stem cells were harmed in its making. The reason polio is resurging now in Africa and the Arab world is not due to a lack of available vaccine, but rather to the kind of anti-American conspiracy theories perpetuated by the actress's Hollywood colleagues.

Are their any Hollywood hotties who aren't liberal morons? (Bo Derek doesn't count.)

CORRECTION/UPDATE: As KJL on The Corner notes:

There, of course, is not a cure for polio--only a vaccine. I read that blogger's post way too quickly and apologize for that. A reader writes:

Not to be picky with the defense of trendy cause interested celebrities, but there's not a cure for polio. There's a vaccine for polio. Once the body is attacked the degenerative effects of the polio virus are devastating, both in the immediate and in the long term with the significant issues of post-polio syndrome. Having a treatment which could fix the nerve damage would be a cure, as a cure is something which heals after the disease has attacked. There is no such treatment, there is only prevention. The blogger you linked comes off more ignorant than Scarlett Johansson.

As far as I can tell, the debate over stem cell research is about a cure and about prevention, whether it be alzheimer's, polio, or the other various degenerative diseases. Those who are already victims want their own bodies to be healed. I am still not a supporter of embryonic stem-cell use, but a treatment which would cure my mother of the ravages of polio would certainly be a miracle... and is certainly not available now, let alone fifty years ago.

That reader chooses to see this is the most positive light for Scarlett. Despite my desire to kick it with Scarlett, I'm more inclined to believe that the initial impression was the correct one. Sorry, but the Hollyweird clique isn't known for knowing as much as they regurgitate. (Not a bulemia joke.)

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