Celebrity Report: Dennis Miller was on the O'Reilly Factor (gag) the other day, and they had some fun ripping into the Bourne Ultimatum for it's being anti-American. Now I like Miller, for the most part; he's one of the few celebrities who don't lean so far to the Left that they can't hear out of their left ear.
But attacking this one movie for being anti-American is like attacking the strip club up the street because it happens to feature naked women. Come on, let's face it: most movies today are anti-American, in one way or another. I could make a list of those that aren't, but it wouldn't be a long one.
Nevertheless, here's some of the interview, just for kicks:
O'REILLY: All right. It will be interesting to see if that happens.
Now, my column this week is on the "Bourne Ultimatum," which is a huge hit. But it's so — you know, the anti-American theme is so pronounced. The evil CIA guys, you know? And Matt Damon and Julia Stiles, you know? They actually make Julia Stiles cut her own hair. And that was enough for me. I turned against the CIA immediately.
MILLER: It's brutal.
O'REILLY: Now, this movie is going to be seen in Pakistan and Indonesia and all of this. While we laugh at it and we know what it is: heroes and villains, cops and robbers. Over there, I think it has an effect. Am I wrong?
MILLER: Well, "The Bourne Identity," let me say this. If they were going to do a true depiction of our CIA, they would have to do it, not about them being evil and conniving. They would have to do it about them being inept. Frank Church would have to be Blofeld, because he's the one that began taking it apart.
O'REILLY: But they almost do that. They can't catch Matt Damon. They've 50 guys gone after Matt. He's punching them. He's getting them. He's kicking them. And Julia Stiles is outsmarting them. Julia Stiles is outsmarting them, Miller.
And then, as far as the CIA goes, they're always the bad guys. If anyone can think of a single movie where the CIA was depicted as anything but evil, I'd love to hear about it.