Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Maggie Gyllenhaal for President!

With the 2008 U.S. President election candidates all decided, it’s time to look further ahead. Who should the anti-war movement be looking to represent their cause in 2012? Step forward, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (above), staunch opponent of ‘Shock and Awe’ and star of the new film The Dark Knight.

A truly radical US President needs to be both brave and a real non-conformist, someone who will take on powerful vested interests. And what more radical statement of bravery and non-conformity in tobaccophobic 21st century America can there be than to light up a cigar (and rather a large one at that), on a television discussion programme, as Ms Gyllenhaal does in the clip above.

A female American President is long overdue. But instead of the warmongering frump Hillary Clinton, how much better an antiwar good-looker like Ms Gyllenhaal?

The ‘Gyllenhaal 2012' campaign starts here!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No chance. Can you imagine the ads run by the opposition?

All it would take are a few well-chosen clips from Secretary - or even a still image (warning: categorically not safe for work!) - and her campaign is dead in the water before it even begins.

Granted, it's only a movie, and Ronald Reagan's political career survived Bedtime for Bonzo - but that was in 1980, when political campaigning was far less of an all-encompassing, insanely prolonged multimedia assault, and it was even possible to withdraw Bonzo from circulation for a time. Not so now.

And also, I don't believe Reagan ever played a pathological submissive who spent much of the relevant film's running time bending over a desk ready to take whatever punishment happens to be going. I don't think I need to spell out the symbolism.

Horribly unfair? Well yes - but that's politics.

(Secretary is actually a very good film, but what price nuances in a situation like this?)