Actor Tom Hanks on supporters of California’s controversial Prop 8:
Tom Hanks, an Executive Producer for HBO’s controversial polygamist series “Big Love” made his feelings toward the Mormon Church’s involvement in California’s Prop 8 (which prohibits gay marriage) very clear at the show’s premiere party on Wednesday night.
“The truth is this takes place in Utah, the truth is these people are some bizarre offshoot of the Mormon Church, and the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen” he told Tarts. “There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American, and I am one of them.
Don Surber, blogging at Brietbart’s “Big Hollywood” blog, lays the verbal smack down here:
Excuse me, who died and put Tom Hanks in charge of deciding who is American and who is un-American?
Is he like a one-man Ellis Island who determines who can stay in this country?
Latter-day Saints have been around for nearly 2 centuries, as has anti-Mormon bigotry. I am not a Mormon. Never have been. Never will be. I like coffee too much. But I know bigotry when I see it.
Hey, I live in a state that keeps sending a former exalted cyclops in the KKK to the Senate.
Hanks must be the best actor out there, for on screen he comes off as a bright and funny, good-natured and wholesome man.
In real life, though, he sounds like he should be wearing white sheets and a hood.
The sun is out and the weather forecast calls for the temperatures to rise above freezing by Wednesday. Thursday, latest. February will follow January and before you know it, it will be July and 90 degrees in Poca.
But nothing will ever warm me again to Mr. Hanks. If that makes me un-American in his eyes, I shall consider it a compliment.
Baker’s been living in the United States for 13 years. Knowing how fiercely Aussies love their own country, I off-handedly asked him, “Any interest in becoming an American?”
Simon stopped talking, stared at me, and said, “Funny you mention it.” Then he dropped this unexpected news:
“The morning after your election in November, I said to my wife Rebecca, â€˜You know, I’m thinking about becoming an American,’ and then she said that she felt the same way.
“I don’t follow sports here” he said. “But politics has sort of taken its place. I followed the race closely. It’s a tricky area, because I don’t want to be offensive, and I had no party loyalty. But electing Obama was this country being very grown-up. It was such a positive step for the U.S. to become a part of the world again after the last eight years. Our two sons were born here, so they’re already Americans, but myself, Rebecca, and our daughter Stella are still Australians.”
Has he done anything about it yet?
“No” Baker told me. “The show keeps me too busy. But it’s going to happen. People always talk about how great America is, but actions speak better than words.”
What a surprise that a celebrity prefers the celebrity candidate, eh?
If it takes electing to the presidency one of the most inexperienced, duplicitous candidates in US history during a time of tremendous turmoil both at home and abroad to make Mr. Baker finally believe that the US has “grown up,” then I’d prefer he not become an American. We’ve got enough native Hollyweirdos who already think that their ‘acting ability’ and fame are the only qualifications they need to tell other people what they should and should not believe. We sure as hell don’t need to import any!