I generally agree with you Turk.
It seems that a large number of Hollywood actors regard it as their prerogative to lecture us all about political issues even when they are not nearly as informed as they think they are. The majority of them support left wing causes, and regard the public as gravely misinformed if not facile on the issues. They view their celebrity status as an entitlement for them to lecture down to "us commoners." The majority jump on the politically correct bandwagon and rail against conservative causes, but there is also a minority on the other side - right wing actors who are likewise ignorant. I regard Charlton Heston as a prime example. He blindly supports gun ownership while ignoring the very valid counter-arguments. So it does go both ways. There are a few rare instances of actors who I can respect for their opinions on politics. I have a measure of respect for George Clooney after his public comments on Darfur. He obviously has intellect & has thought over the issues. Likewise, I have seen Sean Penn interviewed, and think he measures what he says and doesn't just jump to conclusions. On the other hand I also remember the three Charlie's Angels . . . . Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz and the other one being on T.V. saying people shouldn't vote for Bush. I remember thinking . . . "um why should I care what you think about anything? You guys make a lot of money off of violent movies where you show off your tits and you are lecturing me about who I should vote for?" (Being Canadian I couldn't have voted for Dubya anyway). Still, I thought to myself, since when are you three experts on whether or not Bush should get re-elected? I think the intent was to appeal to youthful voters, because the Democrats were relying on young people to vote for Kerry.