March 11, 2004

Robbins Panned

A satisfying review of Tim Robbins' new play Embedded, at TNR. A couple of excerpts:

About Embedded, Robbins has this to say: "I'm not interested in any polemic. I'm not interested in any lecture." But Embedded is all polemic--a talking political pamphlet that doesn't even aspire to be aesthetic. If it's true that all art is propaganda, but not all propaganda is art, then Robbins has produced a masterpiece of artless propaganda...

...while I happen to agree with the conventional wisdom that celebrities, because they tend not to know what they're talking about, have not earned the right to monopolize public discourse, I do not think that Robbins deserves condemnation for his vocal opposition to the war--anymore than I think Britney Spears deserves credit for her vocal support of it.

Read all about Robbins' conspiracy theory...you know, the Bush administration's slavish devotion to the dangerous ideas of Leo Strauss, "blah, blah, blah, chill wind, blah, blah."

Good actor, Tim Robbins.

UPDATE 3/16: Terry Teachout, drama critic for the WSJ, exposes more distortion and lies from Robbins' play. In this case, it involves a quotation that Robbins falsely attributes to Leo Strauss. Don't let facts get in the way of a good smear, Tim.

Posted by dan at March 11, 2004 11:49 PM