With the inauguration almost here, people all across the country are up in arms about the upcoming president. More specifically, the celebrities in Hollywood are going crazy.
Many are using their voices to attack the president-elect while some are using their large platforms to sway people. Other celebrities were poised to perform at the historic inauguration before backing down. We assume they fear the backlash that may come with the event.
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) January 14, 2017
All these celebrities backing out are being called courageous for stepping down, but is that really what courage is? The Independent Journal Review set out to find what real courage was by speaking to Benghazi survivor and Army Ranger, Kris Paronto.
Paronto has more reason than anyone to be upset or happy about this election and his words below prove it:
“In the last eight years, the office of the president has turned into an office of celebrity. Obama was so concerned with how many times he could be on ‘The Jimmy Fallon Show’ and what he looked like on TV.
He turned the position of Commander-in-Chief into a pop culture thing and pulled away from what the office of the president is all about — leadership.
He wasn’t supposed to be a celebrity, he was supposed to be a dignified leader. Still, Hollywood was all over celebrity Obama.”
Paronto continued his needed rant:
“At the same time, I don’t want to lump all of Hollywood together. Because you got guys like John Krasinski and Pablo Schriver, who played us in the movie. Sure they are liberal, but they are extremely, extremely, respectful of veterans and our sacrifices.
But then you have these other celebrities. And you know what, you’re a monkey and somebody is turning the crank. You’re here to entertain us. When you’re gone, we don’t give a sh*t, we will find another monkey to do the job you were doing.
The only time I have a real issue with this at all is when these people are looked at as role models. When they back out, and publications like the New York Times or CNN put them on a pedestal for dropping out, it does a major disservice to Americans.
They’re not role models. There’s nothing courageous about sitting in your five million dollar mansion and looking down upon us. It’s arrogant, it’s pompous, and it’s not bravery.
After he finished speaking his mind, Paronto came out at the celebrities and called them to action; something no one else has had the courage to do:
“They’re all actors pretending to be someone else. Just because you played a police officer or military veteran, doesn’t mean you understand what it’s like to be in our shoes.
So you know what, Meryl Streep, stop putting others down and go do something else. Be like Pat Tillman, drop everything you’re doing and put your life on the line. Robert De Niro, you played a cop in the movies, go be a cop on the streets.
The same principle applies to these other celebrities. You wore a uniform as a costume. Try putting one on to serve your country.”
Paronto wrapped up his interview with a simple yet profound statement that all need to hear:
“The real role models are the guys who goes and puts up his life on the line for his country, the police officer who jumps in front of a bullet, and the EMT who treats the wounded on the scene, people who put others before themselves. Those are the true celebrities.”