I can already picture it it my mind: Tom Arnold, wistfully recalling the days when he played a spy in James Cameron’s epic True Lies, gets a mysterious package in the mail. Inside, he finds a stuffed panda bear with a note tacked to its left paw that says SQUEEZE ME. Hesitating at first, since the bear reminds him of the one creepy fan he had during his entire career (hint: her name was Roseanne), he takes the paw in his hand and gives it a limp pinch. He is then taken aback as the bear speaks to him.
”Good evening, Mister Arnold,” it says. “As you are well aware, Hollywood is in crisis. The current occupant of the White House simply does not uphold the high standards of our community—that whole business with Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey notwithstanding. We have therefore selected you to become a member of an elite group we are forming to hold the President accountable. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to head up a crack squad which shall heretofore be known as. . .the Impeachment Task Force!”
Tom frowns. “That’s a lot to remember. Can we just call it ITF for short? It sounds cooler anyway.”
”That’s fine,” the bear replies. “Just be sure to cap it off with an exclamation point. This message will self-destruct in five seconds.”
At which point the panda explodes into a ball of fluff and Tom goes running off to Newsweek to share the story with everyone:
New Impeachment Task Force forms to hold Trump accountable with rapid response group
led by @funder w activists @Alyssa_Milano @DebraMessing @TomArnold & many many more https://t.co/7UkeXQZfKH
— Robert Wolf (@robertwolf32) October 4, 2019
The task force, designed to lead rapid response to Trump during the impeachment inquiry, has confirmed members including comedian Rosie O’Donnell; actors Tom Arnold, Ron Perlman and George Takei; and actresses Debra Messing and Alyssa Milano, The Democratic Coalition’s co-founder Scott Dworkin told Newsweek. The task force launched a fundraising effort and basic plan on Thursday. The group has already started meeting and is set to go live with its website next week.
Wow, with a cast like that all you need is Charo and you’d have the makings of a pretty good guest star roster for The Love Boat.
It aims to utilize The Democratic Coalition’s massive social media following to protect House Democrats in the front lines of the impeachment inquiry on Trump.
Going after Donald Trump, the undisputed King of Social Media Trollery, on his own turf? I’ve seen Debra Messing’s Twitter feed. Trust me, folks, there’s a reason she needs writers—and considering how Smash turned out, she might want to reconsider this one.
The task force, which projects having 100 celebrities and more than 1,000 other members by next week, plans to spread hashtags to streamline impeachment information, combat disinformation and reach out to Congress through letters and phone calls.
Kind of reminds me of the letter-writing campaigns to save Perlman’s old show Beauty and the Beast. I’m guessing this effort will probably turn out much the same way.
“Trump’s propaganda machine is going to be in overdrive for the foreseeable future, so we need to be fighting every day, in every way,” stated Dworkin, who will work in the task force.
Turning to Hollywood as a way of countering propaganda? Isn’t that a lot like having Charlie Sheen host a high school pep assembly and telling the kids to Just Say No? Next thing you know, Scott will be ripping the news media a new one for going too soft on the Trump administration.
This all makes me long for the days when Taylor Swift’s silence on the outrage du jour was deafening. I will, however, remain skeptical on how much effect this Island of Misfit Celebrities will have on the public discourse regarding Donald Trump. I mean, I like Star Trek and all, but when the best you can come up with is George Takei, it makes me wonder if Dworkin had to settle because the guy who played Screech in Saved By The Bell was unavailable.
Pass the popcorn, because this could get fun.
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