In 2000, Alec Baldwin (actor, activist, and inspiration for the group “People for the Ethical Treatment of Alec Baldwin“) made news for saying he’d leave the country if Bush was elected. Baldwin is still here. This year, Robert Redford said he’d consider moving permanently to his home in Ireland if Bush was elected. He’s still here. There are plenty of other examples.

Why do they not leave? Pretty simple, really. When the rubber hits the road, the Hollywood left stays here because good acting gigs are much harder to come by, and far less lucrative, in socialist or communist countries. They can whine about this nation from Malibu, while making tens of millions acting and directing. Or, they could chastise and belittle the United States from, say, China, while earning 75 Yuan a week for playing the lead in “If They Could See Me Mao” at the Wuhan Community Playhouse.

The freedom to make lots of money trumps any urge to actually be dumb enough to live in a country that practices what they preach.

No, they’re not going anywhere… unfortunately.


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