Pat Sajak, he of Wheel of Fortune fame, has a column at Human Events Online about the silence from Hollywood on Theo van Gogh’s killing in Holland. Here’s a choice paragraph:
There’s another possibility; one that seems crazy on the surface, but does provide an explanation for the silence, and is also in keeping with the political climate in Hollywood. Is it just possible that there are those who are reluctant to criticize an act of terror because that might somehow align them with President Bush, who stubbornly clings to the notion that these are evil people who need to be defeated? Could the level of hatred for this President be so great that some people are against anything he is for, and for anything he is against?
Yes, it could be that. I think it’s another answer, though, one he mentions briefly earlier in the column: that Hollywood is so enamored of self-professed “underdog” causes that they have turned a blind eye to the depredations of Muslim society and choose only to hear what it’s told about how roughly Muslims are treated by the United States. I honestly believe that the bulk of Hollywood have gotten so reactionary and trend-happy that the “bash the US’ fad has engulfed them whole, to the point where the brutal killing of a member of the creative community elicits nothing more than a yawn.