Oliver Stone: 'Media Slanders Politically-Minded Stars'

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Movie-maker Oliver Stone has blasted media groups who "slander" celebrities for their political comments - because intelligent stars have every right to question their leaders. The Vietnam veteran, who is a fierce opponent of the US leadership, is appalled every time a celebrity is rudely mocked for making his or her thoughts about PRESIDENT George W Bush and the war in Iraq public, and he urges journalists to be more supportive. The Natural Born Killers director says, "We're Hollywood wackos and all that stuff, left-wing... (It's) an easy and facile dismissal. "I'm still a citizen, I've served my country as a veteran, I've had many jobs before the film business. I know something of life, having lived to this age. "We have a right to speak and every time we speak: 'You're an actor, a showbusiness director,' we're making it up! "This is not a way of dealing with people. This is slander."


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Well, Houty, Natalie handed you a big challenge . And all she did was point out your inconsistencies,not allude that you were gay or black. I never got that from your back and forth. Are you a little paranoid,maybe, something like Mr.Stone? Interesting that you try to defend someone so dumb as Stone while immediately dismissing Natalie. Another liberal trick.
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This has got to be the most ridiculous comment I've ever heard from this wacko. Sounds to me like a spoiled baby who can't have his way anymore. The left has had a monopoly on all the media outlets for the past 50 years and now when people wise up to them and recognize the garbage that they spew is anti-american, vitriolic hatred against decent hard working American's they get fed up. Why don't you move to a Muslim country and try practicing your free speech there being that you lefto fruitcakes seem to think that they are the epitome of rightiousness, fairness, and equality. Then maybe you'll see who the real religious fanatics are.
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To Oliver Stone..You have every right to speak your opinion, but you have no right to be judged in a positive light. Your comment stands alone and if the media chooses to brand you a Hollywood Whacko, so be it. What do you want? The right to offer an opinion and NOT be criticized? Who gave you that right? I can give my opinion here and know that probably no one will read it. Why are you different? Because you are a Hollywood producer and have money? Get serious.George
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Hey HouieI second the fact that things were much better in the years past.Kids could play outside, crime was dealt with and people lived within themselves and without instant gratification.At any rate, I do this site and it is boring until Drudge picks it up. I know that you like the site before Drudge cuz the libs make up the info and other bs. So, you dont have any dissention or fairness through representation of the right side.At any rate, my problem with the hollywoodies, is the fact that if you boycott or critique their work, it is censorship or other conspiracy nonsense as mentioned by Stony or the other sex police spouting goofball director.The media and hollywoodie companies may be owned by Wall Street, but they are run by the moonbats.Enough, I gotta go
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Hey Houty-I don't remember saying the creative types "sicken" me, just that they'd never get anything done without the suits. Let's face it here "creative types" is really stretching it for this bunch don't you think? The only movies I saw this year that were at all creative were Crash and Memoirs of a Geisha. The rest we're all recycled, remakes, or just plain stupid. I've waited to see Brokeback until the DVD so I reserve judgment on that one. I'm not holding my breath tho, from what I've heard it manages to contain groundbreaking love scenes between gay cowboys and still be incredibly boring. Quite a trick.The French are right, our movies suck and our stars are insufferable.I have no doubt that Drudge is personally a righty, but that doesn't make his site worthless. As you yourself have discovered, because you obvioulsy visit it. If you want to find out what's going on, from the weird to the mainstream, Drudge has it.And PS the fact that Laura Bush slams Hillary's decorating in an interview says more and worse about her than Hillary. It's the first dumb thing I've heard Laura say. Drudge covers Hill because she's the Democrats front runner. Unlike MSM outlets he doesn't just blow her kisses tho.
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Free speech is messy Oliver. You have every right to speak your opinion, as do those who disagree wih it. I dont understand your use of the term slander however since the reality of these opining Hollywood celebrities is typically pretty spotty. These are not doctoral students we're talking about here but people with nice faces and bodies who are particularly good at pretending. Along the way they compile impressive resumes of self indulgent bad behavior which for the average American would cast serious doubt on the worthiness of their opinions. By virtue of your physical and creative gifts however you reach a wide audience in the arena of ideas, and sorry but some of us simply arent buying. Given this kind of stage, I would certainly think long and hard about what I uttered in public regarding subjects like politics and national security. Many stars have destroyed their own carefully crafted celebrity by these oftentimes controversial or imbecilic pronouncements.The "beautiful people" are by and large, undereducated and self absorbed persons whose self worth revolves around their Q factor. When one opens their mouth politically you can bet they are alienating half the country whether they be conservative or liberal. I would think for self preservation and long term career considerations, the Hollywood crowd would keep the more controversial beliefs to themselves. Everyone knows for example that all the Hollywood conservatives have to be closeted not for fear of the public but from their own industry who reacts to conservative free speech in a much different way than how they want America to react to theirs.
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It's not just stars. The country is consumed with a lack of respect for any divergence in views. It's felt by veterans, military spouses and parents, young and old, people on the East Coast, the West Coast and in the Heart Land, Dems and Reps. When someone is wrong, point it out. When you disagree, explain why. But if insults or smears are the best you've got, keep it shut.
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Old Stoney needs to understand something...WE DO NOT CARE WHAT HE THINKS!He should put his clown suit back on and hop around in front of a camera and try to entertain us. If he does that then maybe and I mean maybe...his movies may net dollar one again.DANCE CLOWN DANCE!
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Stone is angry because the public doesn't swoon at the idiotic political comments coming from his colleagues. "Stars" are completely uneducated in history, economics, political science, war, law, foreign affairs, or government, feel free to remark on political matters, and then are offended when their absurd, childish, and dull-witted statements draw guffaws. This is cause and effect, not media manipulation. A previous poster offers this perfect example: Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, states that, "Christianity and sex have never been good friends."That is a patently ridiculous statement. And any Christians who are reading this know exactly what I mean. It is no wonder that the public laughs at these pathetically ignorant “show biz loons.”
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Does anyone care what Hollywood has to say? I don't know anyone who looks to Hollywood for answers. I didn't know movie stars were well informed on the issues. Most of these Hollywood types making comments are out of touch with reality. Take Alec Baldwin for example wasn't he ripping on Sean Hannity because he used to work in Construction. Basically calling Sean out because he wasn't on the same level as Alec. You can't talk to me I'm Mr Hollywood and your just a regular guy. Alec you lost that debate plain and simple, and you stormed off. Hollywood can make their movies and say their views their entertainers, and it is entertaining to hear their wacko left wing views. Hollywood can keep preaching and beating their wacko drum. You know what was really funny last election, I thought celebrity endorsements from the likes of Madonna. and others gave me a good chuckle. I knew that if Hollywood was standing behind a candidate they must be good (lol). How many people can associate with people who get paid millions of dollars, multiple homes, multiple cars, a private jet, Hollywood keep it coming I need to laugh more.
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