Actor Matt Damon drew attention a couple months ago with a scathing tirade about Sarah Palin. The thought of her as president, he argued, "was like a really bad Disney movie. The hockey mom, you know, "Oh, I’m just a hockey mom from Alaska", and she’s the president, and she’s facing down Vladimir Putin, you know, and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It’s totally absurd... a really terrifying possibility."
In the Miami Herald on Sunday, Damon was at it again, taking on both the Bond movies and William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard and New York Times columnist.
Of the Bond films, Damon said, ’’They could never make a James Bond movie like any of the Bourne films, because Bond is an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people. He’s repulsive." Also really well dressed.
And of Kristol, Damon had this to say: "He’s an idiot – he wrote that we should be grateful to George Bush because he won the Iraq war. We! Won! The! War!"
BigHollywood.com has since proposed a debate between the two on these issues. Kristol has already agreed. Ann Coulter has agreed to moderate.
OK, an admission: though the debate is for real, the moderator part isn’t exactly true. I just wanted to see what it would be like to put "Ann Coulter" and "moderate" in the same sentence. It turns out, it sort of strains credulity.)
Jim McDermott, SJ