BETRAYED !?!? … Really?

Betrayed
BobLee
February23/ 2020

SW BL BLO

Feb 24, 2020

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BETRAYED ?!?

***BL alone

Look, I realize it is Human Nature and “Fighting Human Nature” is a Sisyphusian struggle that not even I will ever win.  That said …

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PEOPLE !! PEOPLE !! PEOPLE !!

Do NOT confuse Hollywood actors with “Characters” that they play in movies and TV.

Even the most familiar characters are NOT who those actors really are.

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Many/most of you reading this are of the Baby Boomer persuasion.  A list of ten or so TV/movie characters you have a very defined image of would likely include “Opie” Taylor and “Dirty Harry” Callahan.

With “Opie” it was the tossle-haired son of America’s favorite small town sheriff – Mayberry’s Andy Taylor.  Everyone loved “Opie” … and even the teenage version “Richie” on Happy Days.

NOTE:  Can you handle my telling you that Andy Griffith was not at all “like Sheriff Andy Taylor”?  He was not… but ignore that if it’s too much for you to digest.

“Dirty Harry” Callahan wasn’t lovable; but most of us applauded his no-nonsense approach to taking out “bad guys” as San Francisco most notorious Homicide Detective.

“Opie” / “Richie Cunningham” … was played by RON HOWARD.

“Dirty Harry” / “Rowdy Yates” / “The Man With No Name” / “Josie Wales” … was played by CLINT EASTWOOD.

Until recently was there ANYTHING that “Opie” or “Dirty Harry” could do that you might disagree with… and radically change your image of their characters?

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Howsabout publicly dissing President Donald Trump… and declaring they would enthusiastically support one of his Democratic opponents. 

Both “Opie” and “Dirty Harry” have apparently done that. 

“Dirty Harry” is supporting a candidate who vows to “do away with” the 2nd Amendment.  WHOA!

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No question that “Opie” did it.  There is still some confusion over what “Dirty Harry” actually said, but it is very probable that he “did it” too.

OK… what I said in those last two paragraphs is NOT TRUE.

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“Opie” and “Dirty Harry” did NOT express any scripted socio-cultural-political-opinions about anything.

Prominent Hollywood personalities Ron Howard and Clint Eastwood expressed their personal opinions.

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Jane Fonda… Tom Arnold… Kathy Griffin… Cher… Alyssa Milano… Robert DiNiro… Rob Reiner… Harrison Ford… et al have also expressed their personal (and very negative) political opinions about Donald Trump.

It was not “Cat Ballou / Barbarella” or “Indiana Jones / Han Solo”. or “Meathead”.   It was the actors who coincidentally played those memorable roles.

I know you know this… but in the emotional response to seeing / hearing the actors express their opinions – which disagree with mine and, I assume, most of yours – many of you reacted as if “Opie” and “Dirty Harry” had somehow BETRAYED YOU.  That hurt your feelings.

Facebook and Twitter were En Fuego with SHOCK and DISMAY.

Say it ain’t so “Opie” … Say it ain’t so, “Harry”. 

Aaaaiieee!

Now if you want to boycott either / both actors old movies / TV shows and / or new ventures … That’s Fine.  Do so… and encourage others to do so if you so choose.  I get that.

Ron Howard is now a very prominent Director … and Clint Eastwood – in his mid 80s – is still acting.  Call the actors names on social media… whatever.

But going ALLCAPS ranting on social media that “Opie” and “Dirty Harry” somehow BETRAYED your many years of loyal support of their characters?   That’s STOOPID!  STOP IT !

You don’t have to Thank me for telling you what you already know.  Just don’t do it any more.  OK?

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More SAIDWHAT … CLICK HERE!

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BobLee

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Jay Light

Yes, people would indeed be “shocked” at the real Andy Griffith. I lived on Roanoke Island and saw much that surprised me only because I too automatically identified him with the character he played. Ah but I saw first hand the vast difference in the two. He did a lot for Dare County and the schools in Manteo. We all have our faults but aren’t in the spotlight……thank God.

Chuck Colclasure
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Chuck Colclasure

Ol’ Bob nails it again!

Radio_Smuggles
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Radio_Smuggles

Touching on Bloomberg wanting to get ride of the 2nd Amendment. I know that you and (presumably) Bloomberg and other presidential candidates know this, but Presidents do not have a constitutional role in the amendment process. The joint resolution does not go to the White House for signature or approval. A 2/3 majority of both the HoR & Senate or 2/3 of the states can amend in a constitutional convention. There have been 27 ratified CA’s in US history. No amendments ever in a Constitutional Convention. The point is, actors and politicians (those I like and dislike) are gasbags. My… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

Correction RS: 3/4 (38-50) of states have to ratify the amendment. Everything else you said I agree with.

Former96heel
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Former96heel

Celebrity endorsements carry as much weight to me as coach’s endorsements. Because people pay to see your craft doesn’t mean we should care about who you think is a more capable leader. Is it an American phenomenon that we give celebs airtime for their political views? Do Italian soccer players or Japanese sumo or German celebs have their voice projected like we seem to here? If so, are they bound to the pc media view or are they allowed to speak freely? . I’m sure any Bernie celeb just cringed at the thought of passing over 75% of their wages… Read more »

Send In The Clowns
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Send In The Clowns

Who has better hair? Ron Howard or Donald Trump?

DM Carpenter
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DM Carpenter

If Andy Griffith had been half the common-sense good guy Andy Taylor was played to be.