I was reminded of the YouTube video, “The Patti Lupone Audience Freak-out Re-mix,” by the post today by Stage Right at Big Hollywood, which explains why Shepard Fairey’s appropriation of the work of an AP photographer for his famous “Hope” poster of Obama is plagiarism and threatens the foundation of artistic compensation, yet Left-wing Hollywood is not outraged:
Any director, writer or actor interested in making long-term money in the entertainment industry should be calling Fairey what he is: A plagiarist. But they won’t. And they won’t protest for an end to the Afghan war even though casualties are mounting under President Obama’s watch. And they won’t claim President Obama is taking away their freedoms even though he extended President Bush’s declaration of national emergency this past September 10th (something the left continually criticized President Bush for).
One wonders what fault, if any, the left will find in this President or his loyal supporters like Fairey.
Well, speaking from experience, the Left’s ideals are all about duping the vulnerable and the idealistic into giving their labor, money and unquestioning support. God help the fool that takes any of those ideals seriously and tries to get the Left to make good on them itself. All animals may be equal on the Left, but the Left only truly works for those divinely-appointed few who are more equal than all the others.
About Patti Lupone — when she was in Juilliard she toured with their company to the University of Michigan when I was a student there and double-majoring in English and theatre. Theatre students were required to do a certain amount of ushering for various shows and I remember ushering for something she was in and circling her name in the program so I could prove I recognized her as a star from the very beginning of her career. I’ve been delighted to see her achieve great success. Oh — and I think she was right to go off on the audience member who was taking photos — although I appreciate the irony that the only reason we have the recording of her righteous wrath is that the person making the bootleg audio didn’t get caught.