Barbra Streisand is a highly talented artist. She is also a spoiled child. That is why she has the image problems she does and why co-workers have loathed her. Walter Matthau, Gene Kelly and many others who are considered even-keel people could not stand her. She was beyond rude to Carol Channing who was already well into middle age by the time Barbra landed the lead in the film of Hello Dolly and Carol was nice to the press and sent congratulations to Barbra.
There are times when sexism is at play. But there are also times when Barbra behaves like a spoiled brat and brings her problems on herself.
Since she's no longer Lindsay Lohan's age -- hasn't been in some time -- and has more days behind her than ahead, you'd think she'd work on that.
But she can't. She'll never grow up. And that's too bad but probably explains why her talent remains this incredible flash that overwhelms you immediately but has never been fine tuned for nuance. The maturity never came. Barbra (partly due to the studio) can still hit many of the old notes. Frank Sinatra couldn't by his fifties. But Sinatra had nuance and that brought a new level of artistry. All Barbra has is purity of tone.
I was reminded of that when Barbra felt the need to wade in on Benghazi.
I made the mistake of reading. That's on me. My bad.
I knew it would be propaganda because that's all she's capable of. She has no ethics, she takes no stand that matters. (If that's harsh, you should hear what her son says about her. Yeah, I went there.) But I thought, "This will be a strong argument in favor of Rice."
Like a five-year-old who tried to sneak a cookie and knocked the jar over, Barbra 'thinks' through her piece. John McCain (a bitter personal enemy -- a fact Barbra refuses to disclose) is wrong, she wants you to know, because in 2001 he wasn't . . .
Barbra, you are as old as dirt. Literally.
But grasp that we aren't all saying, "12 years ago!"
Grow the hell up.
As if acting like a child isn't enough, she also can't get facts right:
Where was McCain's anger when it was discovered that Chief White House expert on terrorism Richard Clarke sent then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice an urgent memo stressing the seriousness of an impending terrorist threat, which she did not heed? Where was the outrage when Rice ignored the intelligence briefing she received on August 6, 2001 entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States"?
That titled document? "PDB." Does Barbra not know that?
Is she so spoiled no one thought to tell her, "Babsie, you sound like senile idiot and, at your age, you can't afford it."?
"PDB" stands for "Presidential Daily Briefing." If Babs is upset that the briefing was ignored, why she's going after Condi Rice? Was Condi president? (The CIA prepares the PDB for the president.)
Why's Barbra, of all people, blaming a woman for the faults of a man?
She really needs to grow the hell up.
And here's another tip for her: stop pissing people off.
She's already lost the right-wingers as she needs them Christmas Day for her film. Now she's losing left-wingers like me with her whoring.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"