Two Takes: The View From the Left and Right
MARTHA PLIMPTON: Why Hollywood Activism Matters: I sometimes regret that I am not in the habit of saving some of the tweets I get in response to my activism in regard to women's right to physical autonomy. Truth be told, it's only because of an opportunity like this, to talk about why I choose to be active in defending my rights in writing, that I miss having them on hand. In everyday life, they're the last thing I want to hang on to.
Most, no, all of the more insulting, misogynist tweets I get are from people who disagree with me. People who are vehemently, I guess, "Conservative" -- although I think the term has become somewhat elastic -- and who make their disagreement known in very, well, colorful terms. I've been called every name in the book. "Slut" is a good standby. "Idiot," somewhat more stinging, though considering the sources, not too. But "Why don't you shut up and act, has-been?" is an interesting one. It pops out. Ironic, because nine times out of 10 the person saying this has been made aware of my tweet by a right-wing celebrity.
The short answer to this clearly rhetorical question, "Why don't you shut up?" -- which generally goes unanswered -- is that I am a citizen of the United States. Therefore, I have not only a right, but a responsibility to be engaged in discussions of policy and matters that affect my life and the lives of others. I am fortunate to be employed. This definitely affords a certain visibility I might not otherwise have. And that can be a double-edged sword. Sure, being a publicly known person, some expectation of ridicule or insult is required. That's how we do things here. But that is not such a bad thing. It forces me to be more considered in my thinking. And I can do more, and more quickly, than some others not so easily recognized.
Yet really, it changes nothing. I have no more or less reason, or desire, to speak my piece because of it. That is merely, entirely, my right and privilege as an American. Being an actress is a huge part of me. But it is not all of me. Artists of all kinds have always done what they could to change the world, one story at a time. And as a human being, too, I am part of the story.
Martha Plimpton is an Emmy-winning actress and co-founder of A is For.
ADAM CAROLLA: Here Comes More of the Same
I used to be a Democrat, now I'm basically a Republican. First off, I got tired of the whining and the name-calling. Everyone in Hollywood thinks like a Republican fiscally by leaving town to shoot everything; they just don't vote that way. And I hate this notion of throwing more money at problems. I've had enough of teachers and firemen telling us to pony up more money. They have unions that are bankrupting the state. And by the way, not all teachers are heroes. Some of them are losers who can't do other stuff. I've had some of them.
My reaction to the election? I'm waiting for Obama's hope and change to kick in. Except that's never going to happen. It will just be more of the same -- and for your family, it won't matter. If you locked someone in a closet for the last four years, pulled them out, had them check their 401(k) accountss, their schools, their property taxes, the wars in the Middle East, the price of gas and Guantanamo Bay, then asked them, "Who won four years ago, McCain or Obama?" -- do you think they would know?
Obama basically figured out that there's a growing constituency of people who, as long as you give them everything they need, then you're going to win their vote. He says asinine things like: "You think that guy started his own business? You think he's smarter than you and works harder than you?" And people cheer and they yell, "Nooo!" Well, I'm here to tell you: That guy is smarter than you and he does work harder than you, because every guy I know who is successful works every weekend, and they bust their ass to build their business. So why are we demonizing them?
You know, if Daryl Hannah wants to chain herself to a tree, I'm all for it. But when Russell Simmons heads to Occupy Wall Street and tells the driver to leave the Bentley around the corner, then goes back to his 53,000-square-foot house, that seems like showboating. There are bigger fish to fry than what a lot of celebrities are doing. -- As told to Paul Bond
Adam Carolla hosts the most popular podcast on the Internet and is a Fox News contributor.