SAD STORY AS DIRTY HARRY ACTOR ENDORSES EMPTY SUIT BILLIONAIRE, MIKE BLOOMBERG FOR PREZ
So this makes me sad. Well, sadder, really. Why? Well, because I like a lot of Clint Eastwood’s movies, that’s why. And when artists we like disappoint us, it makes it harder to like them. Or their work. And this time it certainly feels the same. Why? Because the now ancient Dirty Harry Star, Clint Eastwood, has endorsed Mike Bloomberg to be President of the United States. Dirty Harry, I mean, Clint, has done a LOT of interesting work, especially as a director of feature films. He’s touched on dynamics that require an audience to think. Like race, aging, identity, etc. So why would an artist with these sensibilities endorse a tool like Mike Bloomberg?
UNCOMFORTABLE WITH TRUMP’S TWEETS, DIRTY HARRY LIKES “DEMOCRAT” BLOOMBERG
The answer, as always, is complicated and likely unknowable. Why? Because politics is about perception, which is always, ALWAYS flawed. But it’s also about relationships we never really understand. And make no mistake, celebrities and billionaires are all about relationships. Dirty Harry announced his endorsement in casual fashion in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Clinton has decried politics these days, saying “The politics has gotten so ornery.” Huh? Ornery? And Clint also approves of “certain things that Trump’s done.” Ok, which things? Cause that provides context for you telling us your opinion.
YOU GO FROM LECTURING AN EMPTY CHAIR TO FLUFFING AN EMPTY SUIT, WHAT?
But the ancient Dirty Harry and former mayor of Carmel, California, seems to be a Republican to the bone. And by that, I mean he represents the dynamic that has trapped the party these days. They like what Trump does. But they just wish he would shut up about it. In other words, Trump would be great if he would just be quiet about it. So when a Republican like Dirty Harry likes someone like Bloomberg, that says a great deal. Bloomberg, you realize, is trying to run as a Democrat. Awkward! So the man who once lectured an empty chair on stage (Obama in absentia) is now propping up an empty, if rich, suit.
Well, shoot. I always liked the Philo Beddoe character better anyway. Right turn, Clyde, indeed.