Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I HATE Celebrity Culture.
While common sense suggests that we should judge an individual's reputation on the basis of his actions, the actions of Celebrities are judged on the basis of their reputations. Can anything be more disgusting than that?

My convictions in this regard were re-inforced yesterday when I read some despicable quotes at Political Compass attributed to some of the all-time great celebrity public figures who are often thought of as being beyond reproach.
Pasting a few here -

Whosoever shall be guilty of rape, polygamy, or sodomy with a man or woman, shall be punished; if a man, by castration, a woman, by boring through the cartilage of her nose a hole of one half inch in diameter at the least
- Thomas Jefferson, in the Virginia Bill number 64, 18 June 1779

Not the kind of comment you would've expected from Jefferson - the champion of Freedom and Liberty.

I do not consider Hitler to be as bad as he is depicted. He is showing an ability that is amazing and seems to be gaining his victories without much bloodshed
-Mahatma Gandhi, May 1940

Sickening quote from the 'champion' of Non-Violence.

I am strongly in favour of using poisonous gas against uncivilised tribes ... to spread a lively terror
-Winston Churchill, writing as President of the Air Council, in 1919

If our country were defeated, I hope we should find a champion as admirable (as Hitler) to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations
-Winston Churchill, in his Great Contemporaries, 1937

Homosexuality is immoral and disgusting.
-Ayn Rand, 1971

The word and working of God is quite clear; that women were made to be either wives or prostitutes
-Martin Luther

The Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher's knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs
-Mahatma Gandhi, on absolute non-violence, speaking to biographer Louis Fisher in June 1946

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