During a sickeningly self-aggrandizing and narcissistic speech delivered Sunday at the Academy Awards, actress Viola Davis claimed that acting is “the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”
While it is true that acting does celebrate life by helping to revive legendary figures such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., etc., if only for a short time and on a big screen, this notion that only acting “celebrates” life is preposterous.
“Never mind professionals who actually SAVE lives, PROTECT lives, and DEFEND lives,” conservative commentator Michelle Malkin tweeted in response to Davis’ speech, though she was by no means the only critic to lash out on Twitter.
Malkin’s tongue is as sharp as her wits when it comes to liberals, of course. But even a liberal could understand what she meant here: That anyone who makes a positive difference in the lives of others is also celebrating “what it means to live a life,” as Davis put it.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) February 27, 2017
According to commentator Ben Shapiro, however, the even bolder truth is that everyone — including you and I — deserves credit for celebrating life.
“Most people won’t have movies made about them,” he wrote Monday for The Daily Wire. “But their lives still matter. They aren’t forgotten by those who knew them, loved them, and were shaped by them.”
@ABC Doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, public defenders, pastors, or, yeah actors.
— Brian Groesser (@Brian_Groesser) February 27, 2017
By merely existing and offering value of some sort — be it sentimental or tangible — to loved ones, to friends, to co-workers, etc., we are celebrating life. So who, then, is Viola Davis to essentially demean our existence by peddling herself as one of only a few special people who celebrate life?
She is the quintessential definition of what it means to be a part of a collection of “people who are rich and famous congratulating other people who are rich and famous on how important they are,” as Shapiro put it.
Listen to Davis’ self-serving speech below:
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 27, 2017
She is also out of touch — very much so — with everyday Americans, i.e., the brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, cops, firefighters, doctors and veterans who celebrate life single day without glamour and praise.
To celebrate life is to live, to love, to cry, to show compassion, to help a friend, to care for a pet and so on.
To stand up on a stage and pat yourself on the back as some sort of hero, on the other hand, is to simply be a self-important snob. Of course, liberals know a thing or two about that, too.
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