Hollywood Loves Killers, Ignores Victims
Celebrity hairdos and hemlines may change, but
there`s one fashion accessory that never goes out of
style at the Oscars: Death Row inmates. From Dead Man
The Green Mile to this year`s Academy
Monster, Hollywood always makes room on the red
carpet for anti-death penalty chic.
The film industry`s current criminal du jour
Aileen Wuornos, a female serial killer who was
executed in 2002 after admitting she murdered seven men
in Florida. Model-turned-actress
Charlize Theron depicts Wuornos sympathetically in
Monster as a poor, overweight, abused prostitute
with low self-esteem—the apparent cause of every evil
deed in America these days.
With the help of fake teeth, many bags of
potato chips, unwashed hair, and a bleeding-heart
script, Theron has already won a Screen Actors Guild
award, a Golden Globe trophy, best actress honors from
the National Society of Film Critics, and the Critics`
Choice award. Liberal film critic Roger Ebert
hyperventilated that Theron`s acting in Monster
“one of the greatest performances in the history of
cinema.” On Sunday, she stands a good chance of
adding an Oscar to her glistening mantel.
Theron used the premiere of Monster at the
Berlin Film Festival earlier this month to
lash out against
capital punishment and to criticize the use of
criminals as "political pawns" by manipulative
politicians. But who`s manipulating whom? Theron`s movie
gives the fraudulent impression that Wuornos initiated
her killing spree in self-defense against rapists. In
truth, the rage-filled, publicity-seeking Wuornos
acknowledged manufacturing all but one of those claims.
As her biographer
Sue Russell noted recently, Wuornos ruthlessly
gunned down complete strangers, some in the back as they
tried to escape. “I`m one who seriously hates human
life and would kill again," Wuornos
coldly bragged. She fantasized about a
Bonnie-and-Clyde-style life of crime, cunningly
covered her tracks, and nonchalantly made off with her
victims` belongings to bring home to her lesbian lover.
The entertainment media routinely lump Wuornos` victims
together as her "johns."
But Russell concluded that “it`s just as likely
that some were simply good Samaritans lending a helping
hand, since Aileen`s modus operandi was to hitch rides,
claiming her car had broken down. These men have been
demonized in a way in which we would rarely demonize
female homicide victims. And that has brought
incalculable pain to some of their families.”[More
of a Monster Than Hollywood Could Picture, By Sue
Russell, February 8, 2004, Washington Post]
But focusing on the devastation that Wuornos caused
to her victims` wives and children wouldn`t play well in
Berlin or Berkeley.
Championing the crime victims instead of the criminal
wouldn`t have allowed a starlet such as Theron to
bask in the spotlight and further the leftist
And why Tinseltown`s elite are reliable Death Row
groupies, but nary a celebrity is to be found on the
national crime victims` rights groups.
The new Death Row cause celebre is
Kevin Cooper, convicted in California of hacking,
stabbing, and slashing three children and two
parents—all but one of them to death—21 years ago.
Actors Ted Danson, Richard Dreyfuss, Mike Farrell,
Janeane Garofalo, Danny Glover, Anjelica Houston, and
Mary Steenburgen all signed their names to a
New York Times ad
demanding that Cooper`s execution be halted.
No Hollywood celebrity is speaking out on behalf of
the murder victims in the case: Doug and Peggy Ryen;
their 10-year-old daughter Jessica; and their
11-year-old houseguest, Chris Hughes. Or for the sole
survivor, Josh Ryen, who was stabbed with a screwdriver,
hit with an ax, and slashed across the throat.
Farrell, the television star who only seems to appear
on television when he`s blowing kisses to
Mumia Abu Jamal, complains that capital punishment
is used by
“ambitious politicians looking to push emotional buttons
that can ensure their political power.”
As if Oscar-seeking actresses and publicity-hungry
Hollyweird has-beens aren`t guilty of the same?
The monstrous truth: In Hollywood,
murder victims in coffins just aren`t in vogue. Only
“societal” victims behind bars are.
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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