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The Hybrid Fad
March 19, 2004

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Looks like Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Sting, Robin Williams and other celebs are leaving their Bentleys, Alpha Romeos, T-Birds and Mercedes in their 20-something garages and tooling around town in their eco-sensitive Toyota Priuses.

Vincent Gallo is part of a Tinseltown conservative renegade brigade. The actor/director/musician recently gave an interview to the Washington Times, where he pointed out the folly of the Hollywood hybrid fad.

"I went to the Oscars this year and there were groups of actors showing up in these hybrid vehicles," Gallo said. "I'm not going to name names. But not one of these clowns has been on a private plane less than 25 times. It's one of those great radical clichés of good will that they have in Hollywood. It is a pathology. They want to feel good about something."

Gallo also shared an observation about some shrines of the ex-prez that are on display in the offices and homes of a lot of entertainment bigwigs.

"I've seen more pictures of him, you know, the autographed photos, with like these sleazy babes." Gallo explains. "I mean pictures of a former president with two of these babes hanging on him. Can you imagine going to someone's home and seeing a picture of Nixon with two hookers?"

Whether we're talking about the Hollywood silly or the Slick Willie, hype is the name of ego-driven game.

Speaking of hype, at a recent press photo-op in Johannesburg, South Africa, Oscar winner Charlize Theron tearfully told Nelson Mandela, "I love you so much."

If Mandela looked happy, it's probably because it's not every day that an 85-year-old gets a squeeze from Charlize.

Theron let the 85-year-old leader know, "You are an inspiration for everyone."

Well, Charlize, maybe not everyone.

On the eve of the war in Iraq, Mandela said, "One power with a president who has no foresight, who cannot think properly, is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust."

He added, "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America."

Theron's "inspiration" also has some strange taste in friends. He called Moamar Ghadafi "my dear brother leader" and awarded the Libyan dictator with South Africa's highest honor.

He referred to Israel as "Zionist racists."

He described Yasser Arafat as his "comrade in arms."

He characterized Fidel Castro as "a man of the masses."

Hollywood still loves this guy ­ whether he drives a hybrid car or not.

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