The hypocrisy of many Hollywood celebrities is legendary, with some of them taking private jets to climate conferences so they can tell you that you’re evil because you drive an SUV. Half the time, they barely understand the cause they’re endorsing and just do it because it’s the “in” thing.
People are putting Ukrainian flags on their social media profiles—I better too,” they seemingly cry in unison. When it became the in thing to post a black square to honor George Floyd and protest racism, celebs rushed like lemmings to do the same, despite many of them having no clue that the group Black Lives Matter actually stands for Marxism and dismantling the nuclear family.
Case in point: plastic surgery enthusiast, serial underwear poser, and makeup mogul Kylie Jenner recently posted to Instagram in support of Israel—then quickly deleted it because she received backlash, lost some followers, and was criticized for not calling for support for the Palestinians too.
My question: why do you want those people following you anyway? Also, way to show a spine, Kylie.
Comedian Ryan Long summed up the airheadedness of so many in the music and entertainment industries in a brilliant video that mocks their insincerity and has received 4 million views already. In the clip, which is titled, “Actor Not Sure if He’s Supposed to Support Israel or Palestine,” he plays wannabe star Jack Hardy, who can’t decide if he’ll get more “likes” if he posts in support of Israel or Palestine (and, by extension, Hamas). It is truly hysterical stuff as he falls into a full-blown existential social media crisis.
Actor Not Sure if He’s Supposed to Support Israel or Palestine pic.twitter.com/X3UDB8HWPI
— Ryan Long (@ryanlongcomedy) October 12, 2023
It’s been a few days now, I still haven’t weighed in on Israel-Palestine. I honestly don’t know who to post. Usually, it’s easy. BLM—bang! Ukraine—bang! COVID—bang!
[On cellphone:] Hey, did you do your Israel-Palestine post yet?
I’ve never missed a stand.
[Back to phone:] So who’d you go with?
I look at my phone, I see a lot of Republicans supporting Israel, so I go, maybe stay away from that. Then I see a lot of the people even calling Nazis supporting Palestine [sic], but then get this, the people that we’ve been calling them Nazis with are happy Israel’s getting attacked.
Riddle me that! But there really is no easy answer here.
To me, Long has already hit the nail on the head at this point, and his overwrought performance just cracks me up. But it gets even funnier when he takes to the streets to ask random people what he should do. When a Jewish man indicates he supports Israel, Long plays the sympathetic victim, telling him, “For me, it’s a little more complicated, as a Gentile, know what I’m saying?” As if this guy is going to have the slightest amount of sympathy for his stance.
When another guy says, “No English,” Long tells him, “Oldest trick in the book, my friend, I wish I could do the same.”
There are so many choice bits in the video; I can’t list them all. One of my favorites, though, is when he says, “A buddy of mine booked a Geico commercial from his Ukraine TikTok, so it happens.”
But the line that I think summarizes this excellent piece is when Long tells a retired gentleman: “I just want to post a flag and sort of be done with it. It’s tougher than you think.”
To me, that encapsulates so many in the music and entertainment industries who take stances based on how many likes they’ll get from their woke fans, not because of any principled stand or deep knowledge of the subject. While many in the world of “higher education” and even some congresspeople have come out in support of the Palestinians, those same people remain silent on the 40 slaughtered babies or the more than 250 innocents mowed down at a music festival during the surprise Hamas attacks.
Comedy on this subject may seem inappropriate to some, but I think the opposite. Comedy is often the strongest way to point out the fallacies in the progressive narrative, and this video does exactly that. (I have no idea of Long’s political leanings, but he exposes celebrity phoniness in a way that a million op-eds could never do.)
To quote 1984 author George Orwell, “Every joke is a tiny revolution.”