By now most everyone has heard or read about former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens working as a bag boy at Trader Sam’s.
Most everyone has heard how the photograph led to a rash of job shaming and mockery of Owens, seemingly working “below his pay grade” since he was from Hollywood.
Most everyone has heard how remarkable Owens was in response to the situation, calling for a new awareness that work is good and that “every job is worthwhile and valuable.”
Most everyone has heard how the woman who originally took the picture of Owens at his job regrets having done so.
Most everyone has heard how Nicki Minaj has thrown $25,000 his way while Tyler Perry offered him work – work that Owens has accepted.
But there’s something that has just stuck with me as I’ve thought about this story, particularly after Hollywood star Jim Carrey shot his mouth off about the glories of socialism just a couple days ago. Carrey crowed to Bill Maher,
> “We have to say yes to socialism – to the word and everything. We have to stop apologizing.”
Those sentiments will make Carrey right at home amongst his friends. There are very few places in America that are further left-of-center than Hollywood. Call it overcompensation for their opulent wealth mainly accumulated as a result of their ability to play make-believe parts on TV, but Hollywood is crawling with socialists.
Remember it was the socialists and communists attempting to infiltrate the Screen Actors Guild in the late 1940s that led Ronald Reagan down a path of conversion to conservatism. If there are any Americans to be found standing in solidarity with communist/socialist thugs of the third world, you can count on them being from Hollywood. And when avowed socialists run for office in the United States, they get their biggest checks from Tinsel Town.
So it got me thinking (and I’m sure I’m not the first to think of this), if Carrey and company are so devoted and so enthralled to the greatness and grandeur of socialism, why don’t they model it for us? Carrey’s yearly profits could be redistributed to provide Geoffrey Owens and every other struggling actor in Hollywood far more than a living wage.
This shouldn’t be a ridiculous or an outrageous suggestion. Hollywood cuts checks and hosts lavish fundraisers for leftist politicians all because they claim to support these redistributionist economic schemes. But there is nothing preventing them from putting their money to better use – convincing the entire country of the value of socialism by modeling it in their own community.
The many unions in Hollywood – perhaps the Screen Actors Guild itself – could act as the governing body for redistribution. No more obscene checks for leading roles in blockbusters, Jim. From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Every acting job is necessary, level, and worthy of equal compensation.
If Jim Carrey and Hollywood are so in love with socialism, it’s time for them to prove it. Geoffrey’s waiting for his cut.