You’ve heard it from actors a hundred or more times since Bush was elected, or “appointed”, or however they say he got to the Oval Office: “I’m leaving the country.”

Add Gwyneth Paltrow to the list. Well, almost. “I just had a baby and thought, ‘I don’t want to live there. Bush’s anti-environment, pro war policies…” etc. The author of the article does everyone the justice of cutting off the usual Tinseltown cookie-cutter blah blah blah, assuming we know the rest. We do.

Do these people ever really leave? Rarely. Why?

Since George W. Bush took office, the percentage of celebrities threatening to leave the country has increased dramatically. Unfortunately, the percentage actually leaving hasn’t budged.

“Leaving the country” is thrown around by the liberal elite as if it’s supposed to carry some sort of weight– especially before an election, as if we were supposed to stand in the polling booth and say to ourselves, “I was going to vote for Bush, but I really don’t want Cher to move to Italy.”

In the previous two presidential elections, threats by all sorts of whiffle-brained Left Coast actors to go into permanent exile have been answered by the public with a loud and clear: “Who gives a shit?”

In 2000, Alec Baldwin allegedly said he’d leave the country if Bush were elected. Baldwin never did leave the country, but his wife at the time, Kim Basinger, must have been horrendously confused by Alec’s promise, because when she heard that Bush was elected, she left Baldwin.

In 2004, Robert Redford said he’d consider moving permanently to his home in Ireland if Bush were elected. Redford’s still here as well. “The Horse Whisperer” muttered a false promise to his steed, not to mention the rest of America.

A few years back, Tom Cruise cited the terrorism threat, crime, faltering financial status and corporate corruption as reasons he may move permanently to Australia. Cruise made over a hundred million bucks in a business that charges so much for admission that you have to sell a kidney in order to take your family to a flick and get popcorn, and Cruise had the brass dingos to talk about “corporate corruption”?

Some do leave, but most end up staying. Why? The United States is where the real money is. What keeps leftist celebs here is the proximity to all the cash combined with the unspoken knowledge that, if they move to a country that implements policy based on the ludicrous advice of politically and socially active leftists, they may suffer the disastrous misfortune of being stuck in a country that is dumb enough to practice what they preach.

It’s simple. The Hollywood left stays here because good acting gigs are much harder to come by in socialist or communist countries. They can whine about this nation from Malibu, while making millions acting and directing. Or they could chastise and belittle the United States from China, while earning 75 Yuan a week for playing the lead in “If They Could See Me Mao” at the Wuhan Community Playhouse.

Sure, there’s England, France and Italy. But still, at the very least, staying in California and tolerating Bush while only having a 30 minute drive to meet with Spielberg is preferable to putting their citizenship where their mouth is, and having to endure a 14 hour flight every time they shoot a cameo appearance on “Desperate Housewives.”

Gwyneth ain’t goin’ anywhere, unfortunately.


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