Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Why is Gwyneth Paltrow so Stupid?

Me, I have a theory about actors. For the vast majority, it's very time-consuming to become an actor and make it big, and stay big. Almost all one's efforts and thoughts are dedicated to it. That's why so many of them really know very little about anything except acting. That's why they are bad at marriage and other personal skills outside of acting. Acting uses them up. So, of course, hardly any of them even think about anything as abstract as politics or political philosophy. When they feel they ought to have an opinion to express, they just look around at the other actors and borrow their opinions for the purpose. They do, you know, live in a little ivory tower that way. And, for that matter, even if they do have the capacity and inclination to actually think about such things, they quickly learn that it's to their advantage to have idiotic left-wing opinions about everything. They get more work that way. The other actors like them better. Their bosses like them better. And expressing the wrong opinions can ruin their career. Charlton Heston, past a point, didn't give a damn, but he said he definitely was not offered work because of his less-than-liberal positions on issues. Of course, if you're big enough and have made enough money, like, say, Mel Gibson, you can survive politically-incorrect opinions, but I imagine that even he has several million less right now than he would have if he'd been a good liberal boy.

Anyhow, I slightly disagree with Neil here, because to me, Gwyneth Paltrow does look kind of stupid, in a vapid sort of way. But the rest of it is dead on:

Stupid Is As Stupid Does
by L. Neil Smith

Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

Why is Gwyneth Paltrow so stupid?

I can't put it more simply or politely. She looks smart enough, and is very attractive, to me, at least. But to judge from remarks she made the other day, the woman can't think her way out of a wet paper bag. I know many people think I put too much emphasis on looks, but it's a cold, dark, hostile universe out there. Here and there along our winding path, there are a few bright lights. Beautiful women who are willing to share their beauty with all of us cannot be thanked enough.

But she's dumb. And that's a terrible pity. It spoils the entire package, Her mother, Blythe Danner, is a favorite of mine, as well. She played Martha Jefferson in the splendid movie version of 1776. She should have taught her daughter better. A whole hell of lot better.

It seems she (Gwyneth, not Blythe) threw a $15,000-a-plate gala raising money for the "people's party" and Barack Ebola, at which she gushed about how handsome he is, and how everybody ought to get behind him and lay off criticizing him, and he should be made dictator for life or some such nonsense. She appears to have not the faintest glimmering that the man is a criminal, mass-murdering, illegal alien fraud.

Was she born that stupid, or did she have to study?

This begs the question, of course, why is everyone out there in Hollywoodland so stupid? There are exceptions. Sarah Michelle Geller—Buffy—is a conservative Republican. Kurt "Snake Plisken" Russell is a libertarian. There are also Clint Eastwood, Tom Selleck, and Marg Hellgenberger from CSI. But by far, Hollywoodites are mostly "useful idiots".

Cretins like Gwyneth Paltrow, politically naive, historically ignorant, and economically over-endowed, fail to understand that, when comes the Revolution—the Revolution that Barry has been striving toward his entire, useless life—they'll be the first ones to the wall.

Largely, I suppose, it's a matter of selection. These individuals are chosen because they look good and can take direction acceptably. They are not chosen for their intelligence. Often, they don't have any. Then, too, acting is a discipline in which emotions—feelings—are supreme; rational concept-formation would only interfere with that

A great deal of this applies to politicians, too, in this Age of Television, and to TV hairsprayheads—newsfloozies and gentlemen of the evening—as well. This is one of the qualities that make Fox News stand out. Those people, resented so bitterly by the left, are surprisingly bright and well-educated. That doesn't mean they can't be wrong.

What can be done about morons and moronettes like Gwyneth Paltrow? Not much, I'm afraid, in this Land of Free Speech, a value that I'd willingly die to defend. We're pretty much stuck with her and her ilk. About the only thing is not to support her. Don't go to her movies. If she has the brains of a snail, she'll get it—by the time she turns 90.


  1. I would think she isn't as stupid as you think she is. She knows which side her bread is buttered on and is not about to bite the hand that feeds her so she can capitalize her 15 minutes of fame.

  2. There is a simpler answer:

    Most actors have a personality disorder. Probably NPD.

    People with personality disorders tend to be good at acting, they have a hard time maintaining relationships, they use drugs more frequently then the general population, they are self absorbed and don't spend a lot of time improving themselves intellectually, other than some thrill seeking behavior.

    That explains it better than "acting is hard" and explains a lot of aspects of their lives

  3. 1. she's a woman
    2. she's a liberal
    3. she's an actress

    if she WASN'T stupid, it would be a miracle.

  4. I think that actors aren't particularly stupid, but they are selected for traits antithetical with responsibility and leadership.