Throughout 2011, major stars have been asked whether they will turn out for President Obama. The undercurrent is show biz disappointment, and no figure has given voice to that more than Matt Damon, to the point where Obama even joked about it at the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner.
According to a recent story in Elle, Damon is not backing off his criticism of Obama. “I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician,’ ” Damon said. “You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.”
Even more scathing was his comment about the roots of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. “If the Democrats think that they didn’t have a mandate—people are literally without any focus or leadership, just wandering out into the streets to yell right now because they are so pissed off,” he said. “Imagine if they had a leader.”
Lowe’s Update: Some 200,000 petitions were delivered Tuesday to Lowe’s headquarters, calling on the CEO Robert Niblock to start advertising on TLC’s “All-American Muslim.” The home improvement chain dropped its sponsorship in the face of pressure from evangelical groups. Lowe’s, however, is refusing to return to the show.
Anti-Piracy Hearing: After the congressional chaos triggered on Tuesday when House Republicans refused to vote on a payroll tax cut extension, the Judiciary Committee announced that the markup hearing on SOPA would not resume on Wednesday. That’s because the House is not in session. They now expect that the markup will resume early next year.