Org posts message for anti-Bush celebs
Take that, losers!That’s the gloves-off message from a trio of billboards that have gone up near the Kodak Theater to tweak anti-Bushites such as Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, Sean Penn, Ben Affleck, Martin Sheen, Chevy Chase and Whoopi Goldberg on Oscar night. The billboards, viewable from the red carpet, show a beaming President Bush juxtaposed with the stars. The basic idea: to credit an anti-celebrity backlash with helping re-elect Bush. “4 more years. Thank you Hollywood!” reads one. The sore-winner campaign comes from Citizens United, the same org that tried unsuccessfully to prevent “Fahrenheit 9/11” distribs from advertising on TV and then financed Lionel Chetwynd‘s pro-Bush docu, “Celsius 41.11.” Exec director David Bossie is unapologetic about delivering a strident message on Oscar night, citing “hate-filled” attacks on Bush by the stars. “It’s a not-so-gentle reminder to them that the American people don’t take them seriously when it comes to issues of war and peace,” he asserts. “John Kerry paid dearly for their support. And I hope that Hollywood supports the Democratic candidate in the same way in 2008.” Bossie says cost of the billboards is about $40,000, but Citizens United is looking to offset some of the expense. It’s selling copies, in poster form, on its Web site for $15 a pop.