what about the oil?
When I wrote about the Arianna Huffington SUV ads last week, several people said that I was off base because the ads were just poking fun at the anti-drugs ads of the same nature.
Not so. Had they looked at Huffington's website, the site for the SUV brigade or read any of the interviews with Huffington on this matter, you would know that she and her group were emulating the ads, not making fun of them. They are dead serious about this.
Which makes the facts displayed in this article even more interesting:
Apparently, SUVs are bad only when you drive them.
A new ad campaign equating ownership of SUVs with supporting terrorists is getting a lot of support from Hollywood types who not only consume huge quantities of fossil fuels in their stretch limos and Gulfstream jets but are driving the behemoth vehicles, too, the New York Post reports.
The commercials, from TV producer Norman Lear's Enviromental Media Association, juxtapose footage of Americans filling up their SUVs with clips of masked Middle Eastern terrorists masks raising AK-47s.
Among the offenders:
• Gwyneth Paltrow, who appears in the ads, drives a Mercedes-Benz SUV.
• Another EMA supporter, Chevy Chase, also drives an SUV. "They only use it when they have to attach the horse trailer or when they're carrying a lot of kids," a representative says.
• Barbra Streisand, meanwhile, never seems to tire of telling other people how to live. Streisand and her hubby, James Brolin, both have SUVs.
• And Lear himself? He built a garage for 21 cars five years ago.
I guess this falls into the "practice what you preach" category. Or maybe the "put up or shut up" category. Even "put your money where your mouth is."
Typically, they think the little people should take the brunt of their far-flung ideas. Or maybe all their gloating, holier-than-thou politicking and grandstanding is just for -dare I think it- the sake of publicity?
Hollywood stars making lying and being sel-righteou for publicity, self-promotion and the chance to make themselves look better than they are? Who would have thought?