For me, it starts learing that Hilary Rosen's gone on CNN and trashed stay at home mothers and Ann Romney in particular (she's not worked a day in her life!). And then there was dealing with that all day. We spoke and spoke today. It was non-stop groups. And though we were speaking about the war, repeatedly some student would ask what we thought about what Rosen said?
C.I. and Ava? Those two inspire me. Not only could they speak of the issues involved in relatable terms, they managed to to do so in a way that had a few people who were insisting it was no big deal say, "Okay, I see your point." Or in one case, "I never saw it that way!" (I mentioned that to them and they both said: (a) the person may have just been being nice and (b) even if they did see the point, that wasn't "I agree with your point." Their point was, "Don't portray us as the miracle workers.")
And we do not need 2008 again, not ever again. Where it's supposedly okay to wish that a woman would be raped (and to cast the rapists as African-Americans)? Where it's supposedly normal to discuss a person running for their party's presidential nomination (Hillary) by calling her a "bitch" (as happened on CNN).
Here's reality that people better grasp real damn quick. If women go along with that b.s. for the sake of electing someone, then it allows it to be used for another reason -- passing legislation in the Congress and then another lower reaosn and then another lower reason and then another. And pretty soon, people are rightly confused when we speak out against any sexism because we've had our mouths shut the whole rest of the time.
On the good news front, Jane Fonda blogged on The Butler, a film she'll be in that Forrest Whittaker (one of my favorites) will be the star of. She'll be playing Nancy Reagan and Jane Fonda writes:
While many of you have expressed positive sentiments, I know that this casting has upset some people — that I, a known progressive, would play this particular first lady, a known conservative. But I am an actor and I have no intention of allowing the political differences between us to color my portrayal of her. I will not be disrespectful. This will not be a film that, for political reasons, makes fun of or distorts any of the characters that appear. It is, as I say, a true story and a touching one, in my opinion.
See, that's an actress, that's a real actress. She finds the project inspiring (and it certainly sounds like Forrest's character had an inspiring and incredible life) and she's approaching it as an actress. Her thoughts and feelings about Nancy Reagan aren't really the issue. She'll explore the character and she'll perform (and I bet she'll perform amazingly well).
Oh, let me tell a Jane Fonda story. I've noted before that C.I. doesn't let fly lies about Jane Fonda. She does come up when we're speaking because C.I.'s a celebrity and Jane is, of course, the most famous political actress. And we're talking about war so people will sometimes bring up Jane. And a lot of the times they do so favorably. But you'll get someone who doesn't. And if it's just opinion, C.I. will make a point to note that Jane's a generous and loving person (she always works those two in) and that the person might feel differently if he (it's usually a he) knew her personally. But if they distort something about Jane, C.I. will correct them. And last spring, we were speaking on a campus and one of the arts teachers came up after and he asked if we could speak to his class (he just wanted C.I., so he could say she had spoken to his class). So we're in there and talking about art and war and art and politics and all of that. And someone brings up Jane and C.I.'s in the middle of a response, she's noted this brilliant moment Jane has in Coming Home (C.I. actually acted it out and did it note perfect) and how that effects how you see Jane's character Sally. And she's about to go further when the professor says that it's a shame Jane didn't study acting because she might have been as talented as Meryl Streep and Meryl studied with Lee Strasberg and was a member of the Actors Studio.
And this is a paraphrase of what she said to the professor, "No, you're mistaken. Jane and Meryl are both natural talents, highly gifted actresses. And both have studied their craft but Meryl studied acting at Vassar, Dartmouth and Yale. She was never a member of the Actors Studio and didn't study with Lee Strasberg. Jane Fonda started taking private lessons with Lee Strasberg before she ever made a movie. She would go on to become a member of the Actors Studio.They have different ways of coming at a role but they are both two of the finest actresses in the United States."
The professor didn't have a reply for a second. Then he gave a half-;laugh and said, "Well all I know is Meryl Streep did a great job as the voice of ET."
C.I. just smiled.
(Yes, we know it's Debra Winger that worked on the voice of ET and not Meryl Streep.)
Anyway. Jane's also going to be in Aaron Sorkin's new show for HBO. If I read it right, she's playing a media mogul type. That should be really interesting.
Brady e-mailed me to ask, "Are you really reviewing Bonnie Raitt's CD this weekend." That is the plan. I love the new album. I think most people will. Rock on, Bonnie.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"