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Stars and Swipes
September 20, 2005

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Some Hollywood celebs have a nasty habit of saying the most awful things about America while abroad.

Recent examples that have been reported by the foreign press include the following:

Gwyneth Paltrow told the Toronto Globe and Mail, "I've always been drawn to Europe. America is such a young country, with an adolescent swagger about it. But I feel that I have a more European sensibility, a greater respect for the multicultural nature of the globe."

After praising the Europeans, Paltrow further dumped on the country that made her career possible. She added that "it's a strange time to be an American now, I feel like we're really in trouble. I just had a baby and thought, ‘I don't want to live there.' Bush's anti-environment, pro-war policies are a disaster."

Donald Sutherland, co-star of ABC's new series-style Hillary campaign commercial "Commander in Chief," told the London Times that the United States is a place "where they talk about family values but leave people to drown."

Russell Crowe has a novel approach to his assault charge for allegedly tossing a phone at a hotel employee. Crowe told the U.K. Daily Mirror, "Maybe it's better I don't travel to America. Maybe it's better I don't work in the area of the business that attracts so many flies. You tell me to p**s off too many times and I probably will."

I have an idea. If while abroad a celebrity bashes the U.S., we should revoke their citizenship and/or their visas.

Then they'll have to come into the country the way everyone else does - across the Mexican border.

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