massive clandestine surveillance program, celebrities did something
that most of them aren't used to doing. They criticized Pres.
And we're not talking about just the Glenn Becks and Rush
Limbaughs of the world. Many celebrities, typically ardent
supporters of Obama, are speaking out against the president and the
scope of government.
Here are a few of them:
Russell Brand: The actor and comedian has
adopted a serious demeanor about domestic surveillance. He has
taken to MSNBC several times and denounced it:
“Under the masquarade of security, many injustices can be done.” “I
don't want [the government] rooting around in my gear.”
Brand added that he doesn't trust the government and that “we
have to test the veracity of their intention to protect before
handing over such enormous power.”
Jay Leno: The late night television personality
has been increasing his criticism of the president for some time.
In Monday night's monologue, Leno assured Obama that he had "good
news" for him: the “IRS ruled he can write off the first half of
his second term as a total loss.” Earlier this month, he also
joked, “We wanted a president that listens to all Americans. Now we
Michael Moore: The millionaire filmmaker is
known for his outspoken advocacy for bigger government in the form
of taxes and gun control. Apparently, the NSA scandal is too big of
government even for Moore. He declared Edward Snowden “Hero of the
Year” for exposing the program. He also jibed, “Good news
from @Guardian – the government's
not tracking everything we say, just where/when/how & to whom
we say it.”
Al Gore: As a Nobel Peace Prize winner and
national figure in the Democratic Party, one might expect him to
see eye-to-eye with the president. Not so. The environmental
activist and former vice president had this to
"This in my view violates the constitution. The fourth amendmentHe also tweeted: "In digital era, privacy must be
and the first amendment – and the fourth amendment language is
crystal clear," he said. "It is not acceptable to have a secret
interpretation of a law that goes far beyond any reasonable reading
of either the law or the constitution and then classify as top
secret what the actual law is."
a priority. Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance
Mick Jagger: The rock 'n roll superstar kept it
short and sweet last night. He stated before a crowded Rolling
Stones concert in Washington, DC last night, “I don’t think
President Obama is here tonight... But I’m sure he’s listening in.”
claims on twitter immediately surfaced, stating that the mere
mention of President Obama's name elicited stadium-wide booing.
Dishonorable mention: Alec Baldwin, a major
supporter of Obama, also bashed the NSA, but blamed the program on
lazy American public.