Despite what your opinion is of politics these days, you have to recognize that the past month has revealed the difference between certain people groups. Namely, Mediawood and Rednecks. It’s not news that Hollywood is the American equivalent of Aristocracy, but this rather infamous Matt Damon video takes the cultural divide to another level.
It is one thing to recognize a difference of values, worldview, or policy between culture groups, and a whole other thing for a privaledged people group to see themselves as the only ones fit to lead. When I first saw this video I thought I saw Damon’s point – do we really want your average hockey mom leading the country due to a comedy of errors? I remembered Peter Sellers’ Being There, where an idiotic gardener becomes a powerful political and cultural guru by uttering general truths about his gardener. Not exactly how I want the election to be run.
Damon is obviously overlooking the blatant fact that Sarah Palin is not an average hockey mom – she’s an above average hockey mom. But the issue isn’t “average” vs. “above average”, since pretty much anyone who excels in the political limelight is above average. What’s wrong with hockey moms? What’s wrong with gardeners? Is it that they are uninformed? Is it that they aren’t capable decision makers? Or is it that they are hockey moms?
Lest you think Damon is the lone celeb lashing out against Palin: Pam Anderson recently told her to “suck it”, and Lindsay Lohan called her a “narrow minded, media obsessed homophobe”. What Damon reveals is the metropolitan conception that those who are not metropolitan are simple, uneducated, and altogether other to them. Consequently they ignore such folk; adding the occasional ridicule.
What Mediawood seems to forget is that our country is not about rising from simple, rural roots to move to the enlightened metropolis, thus transcending the simple rural life; but about maintaining the simple rural life in the political arena. Such were our forefathers and our American heroes. Better still, its something remarkably virtuous about this country.