Thank Goodness Actor Chris Pratt Isn’t the Only A-Lister Who Goes Hunting

There’s a lot of brouhaha over actor Chris Pratt hunting. He’s not the only A-lister to harvest his meat.

As part of an unusual series gawking over famous actors bearing the first name Chris, actor Chris Pratt is very “problematic” and the most “divisive among the Chrises.”

In “How to love Chris Pratt without hating yourself,” TV Guide senior editor Kaitlin Thomas said Pratt the actor is better than the off-screen Pratt. How so? Here’s her reasoning:

When you take a deeper look at Pratt the man and not necessarily Pratt the actor, some of the shine wears off. Although he can be as funny offscreen as he is on — his recurring “What’s My Snack” videos on Instagram are almost always delightful — it’s impossible to ignore some problematic aspects of his life offscreen.

But wait—there’s more! She continues:

Adding fuel to this particular fire is the fact that Pratt, an avid hunter who has often spoken about his love of hunting, currently raises lambs on his farm*. The enthusiastic tone he took when speaking about “eating fresh farm-to-table lamb” in an* Instagram video earlier this year — “They are the happiest lambs on the planet, they are so sweet and then one day they wake up dead and they’re in my freezer” — sparked backlash from a number of fans, and not just those who are vegetarians or vegans. The next day, Pratt posted a photo of several pieces of fresh lamb meat and even compared said lamb’s death to something as easy or trivial as “unplugging a TV.”

Pratt is a hunter? And he raises his own lamb to eat? The horror, horror! Hollywood is shocked to learn that the actor, who comes from more humble beginnings, is like a good portion of the country. Millions of people go hunting in this country. Countless Americans, including A-listers, consume farm-raised, organic meat—but are far removed from the process.

And moreover, Pratt’s blue collar roots are ghastly, apparently:

The idea that Pratt doesn’t see himself — though he may come from a working-class family and spends most of his time on a farm, he’s also a successful, straight white man at the heart of two major film franchises — as being represented in television or film is ridiculous, as is the idea that working-class America isn’t well represented in Hollywood.

The “Jurassic World” star and former “Parks and Recreation” regular isn’t the only A-lister who harvests his own meat ethically. Plenty of other Tinseltown favorites go hunting.

Scott Eastwood, the son of Clint Eastwood who is making a name for himself in Hollywood on his own right, is an avid hunter too.

He’s pals with bowhunter Cameron Hanes and spoke to Men’s Journal about his love of the Great Outdoors—and his foray into hunting— in May 2017:

How did your love for the outdoors begin?

For a while I lived with my mother in Hawaii, so I have always loved being around the water. Then I moved to be with my father, and he was very much into fishing when I was younger. Some of my first memories of him are around fishing for trout in Northern California. My father was actually a state parks commissioner after he was mayor. I like to think I’m following his footsteps in that respect as well. That is why I am so into public lands issues, because they were a big part of my childhood.

More recently you got into bow hunting?

I picked it up a few years ago, but before now I went off and on. I’ve started to get into it more now and I recently got a new Hoyt. I am most excited to go on some bow hunting trips with Cameron Hanes. That guy is one of the most badass bow hunters of our time. I have been on a few hunts since then.

What do you like about it?

I think it is hunting on its highest level. People don’t realize you may go a whole season and not shoot a single thing. There is a lot of discipline involved. It’s very challenging because of how close you have to get. I think it’s the hardest sport we have.

Do you know who else goes hunting? Canadian punk rock singer Avril LavigneAerosmith’s Joe Perrymodel Rosie Huntington, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Plus former NBA star Shaq O’NeillKurt Russell, and reportedly Eva Longoria are known to hunt and process their own wild game. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress Eliza Dushku apparently loves elk hunting, too. Nick Offerman likes the wild game Chris Pratt harvested for him, as well.

Hollywood is likely full of more closeted hunters. Why do people, including the aforementioned A-listers, hunt? To enjoy the Great Outdoors, to get organic meat, to help fund conservation, and teach values.

It’s refreshing to see this. Eat that, TV Guide.

Dennis Quaid to Play His “Favorite” President Ronald Reagan in Upcoming Film

The actor sat down with TODAY Show’s Megyn Kelly from Reagan’s iconic Rancho del Cielo to discuss his upcoming role.

Actor Dennis Quaid is set to play the late President Ronald Reagan in an upcoming film entitled Reagan due out next year. The director of the film says he consulted 50 of the “former president’s friends, confidantes and cabinet members.” Here’s more about the upcoming film from Hollywood Reporter:

Dennis Quaid has inked a deal to play President Ronald Reagan in a film expected to begin shooting in the fall, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The long-in-the works feature film will explore Reagan’s life from boyhood through his presidency — of both the U.S. and the Screen Actors Guild — and he will be played as a young man by David Henrie, best known for his role as teen Justin Russo in the kid’s show Wizards of Waverly Place, and as an older adult by Quaid.

The film is also expected to explore Reagan’s time as governor of California, his role in the destruction of the Berlin Wall and his final days dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. It will also delve a bit into John Hinckley Jr., whose obsession with actress Jodie Foster led to his attempted assassination of the Republican president in 1981.

In an interview with TODAY Show and NBC host Megyn Kelly, Quaid expressed his excitement to play the 40th president. The seasoned actor has starred in films like The Parent TrapFrequency, and The Rookie.

When asked by Megyn Kelly about the pressure entailed in playing the 40th president, Quaid said the following:

“Well, he was my favorite president of my life.”

He added, “There are so many things that he [Reagan] did that changed my life and the world for the better. For one thing, ending the Cold War and he brought back a sense of common sense. He stuck to his guns and his principles. He was a great man and humble man.”

Quaid added, “I voted for Reagan the first time [in 1980] by the way.” He claimed he’s voted for both sides, Democrat and Republican, and labeled himself as an “independent.”

The “Parent Trap” actor also discussed his past cocaine addiction, divorce, and how faith brought him back on the right course.

Watch the full interview below:

Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo, or The Reagan Ranch, sits atop a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean across a sprawling 688 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley. It served as the Western White House and the president’s home for most of his post-presidency life. The Reagan Ranch is managed and overseen by Young America’s Foundation, which acquired the ranch in 1998. It is closed to the general public and is solely used for Foundation-related events and conferences.

As a Reagan fan and conservative, I’m glad an actor like Quaid will give a fair and favorable account of the 40th president. He’s always been a refreshing voice in Hollywood. It’s nice to see others there breaking away from the monolithic far left culture that dominates Tinsel Town.

Will you see this film once it’s out?

Note: The author of this article was a Sarah T. Hermann intern at YAF’s Reagan Ranch Center in Summer 2010.

Hollywood: An Ugly Tale of Corruption and Child Rape

We’re probably all aware of the firestorm that is ripping through Hollywood, currently. For those who may have somehow missed it, however, know that the dam is broke, and the ugly backwash of sexual harassment, abuse, and outright rape is flooding the spotlight-lined streets and red carpet dreams.

It began with the reports of Harvey Weinstein, the high powered movie producer behind such hits as “The English Patient,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Weinstein is, apparently, a serial abuser of women, and in particular, has used his position of power to harass, inappropriately touch, and in a growing number of cases, rape young starlets.
What began with Weinstein, however, was only the beginning. Hollywood is going through a purging, and every dark secret, every abusive account, every name is being flushed out into the open.

If it were just adults, it would be horrible and wrong and worthy of every cry of outrage.

But it’s not just adults.

For years, former child actor Corey Feldman has claimed that there was a culture of pedophilia in Hollywood, as well.

Feldman, along with his best friend and frequent co-star, Corey Haim, lit up the screen as teens in movies like, “Dream a Little Dream” and “The Lost Boys.”

Haim, unfortunately, struggled with life after child stardom, with drug addiction and demons that wrecked his life, right up until he was taken from this world in 2010 by complications from pneumonia. He was only 38 years old.

Feldman tells a tale in his book, “Coreyography: A Memoir,” of an ambitious and naïve young Haim, and an incident with another Hollywood big name, that is absolutely heartbreaking.

Charlie Sheen, an equally troubled actor, is now being charged as the adult male who raped a young Corey Haim, years ago, on the set of the movie, “Lucas,” when Haim was only 13 years old.

I’ll say now, the story that is breaking is from the National Enquirer. It’s not a source I would normally turn to for truth, but the story they tell is similar to the story Feldman has already told, with the difference being, they give the name. Feldman did not.

Feldman even recently alluded to the story coming out in the Enquirer, suggesting that it was, in fact, the story he’d told of in his book.

From his book, Feldman tells this tale:

‘At some point during the filming [of ‘Lucas,’ Haim] explained an adult male convinced him it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was ”what all guys do,” Feldman wrote.

‘So they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers during a lunch break for the cast and crew,’ continued Feldman,’ and Haim, innocent and ambitious as he was, allowed himself to be sodomized.’ Feldman never named Sheen as the man in the incident.

The story is also backed up by another former child actor who was close to Haim.

Former actor Dominick Brascia claims Haim disclosed to him what happened between him and Sheen. Brascia went on the record about what he says Haim told him before he died in 2010 at 38-years-old.

‘Haim told me he had sex with Sheen when they filmed ‘Lucas,’ Brascia told the Enquirer. ‘He told me they smoked pot and had sex. He said they had anal sex. Haim said after it happened Sheen became very cold and rejected him. When Corey wanted to fool around again, Charlie was not interested.’

He was 13. Sheen was 19 years old. And it was too much for him to handle.

The Enquirer apparently did their homework. They followed up with dozens of witnesses, all who knew of the incident between Sheen and Haim, because Haim had confided in them, as well.

He was looking for some kind of anchor, somebody to clear up that chaotic, confusing time in his life. He was looking for help. His childhood and his innocence had been stripped from him by a predator.

He was looking for something he apparently never found.

Another insider alleges that ‘Corey was so confused by the sexual encounter he believed, like so many victims, he was ‘in love’ with his abuser,’ adding that the actor bullied the young teen actor into a vulnerable position for sex.

Brascia added that Haim told him he later had consensual sex with the ‘Wall Street’ star while in his mid-to-late 20s. ‘Haim told me he had sex with Sheen again,’ Brascia said, adding ‘He claimed he didn’t like it and was finally over Sheen. He said Charlie was a loser.’

Charlie Sheen has had his own problems through the years. Several failed marriages, legal troubles, and drug-induced, destructive behavior that eventually ended his time on a hit TV show, “Two and a Half Men,” and culminated in an HIV diagnosis in 2011. He denies that he raped Haim.

So what twisted Sheen?

We may never know, but I’m of the belief that nobody begins as a predator. Something, somewhere goes wrong and a part of their spirit grows dark.

The irony is that Hollywood is quick to tell the rest of us how to live, but underneath the surface of their $500 hairstyles, perfect makeup, and all the bright lights is something far nastier, more corrupt than all those they feel so comfortable haranguing.

Corey Haim is just one, tragic example of how even children in Hollywood are not safe from this dangerous, debauched culture. You have to know there are more, and as Feldman has been trying to signal to the world, there really are.

For the rest of us, it’s time to stop looking to Hollywood and pop culture to be the arbiters of our conscience. They’ve got a lot of cleaning up to do around their own backdoors.

Emmy-Winning Actor Shares a Refreshing View on Politics

Hollywood has made no secret about its political views – plenty of people in show business have telegraphed the view that they would like to see the Trump presidency become a dismal failure. One Emmy-winning actor has made his views on the Trump administration known, and they’re pretty refreshing.

Bryan Cranston won four Emmys for his work on Breaking Bad, and he made a name for himself as a comic actor on shows like Seinfeld and Malcolm in the Middle. Cranston is no conservative; in fact, he was outspoken against Donald Trump throughout the campaign. But he recently did an interview with the Hollywood Reporter in which he admitted that he cannot bring himself to root for Trump’s failure.

President Trump is not the person who I wanted to be in that office, and I’ve been very open about that. That being said, he is the president. If he fails, the country is in jeopardy. It would be egotistical for anyone to say, “I hope he fails.” To that person I would say, f*** you. Why would you want that? So you can be right?

I don’t want him to fail. I want him to succeed. I do. I honestly do. … And if you’ve got a good idea that helps the country, oh man, I’m gonna support you. I don’t care if you’re a Republican and I’m a Democrat or whatever, I don’t care. A good idea’s a good idea. Let’s do that. We’ve got to get away from this idea that our country is political football, and someone with a different opinion is the enemy. Assume they love this country as much as you do, and there’s always room for improvement. How can we make it better?

In the interview, Cranston discussed his role in the new film Last Flag Flying and expressed the opinion that an American can be anti-war yet support the troops. It’s nice to see a liberal actor take a political view that doesn’t immediately dismiss the other side. That sort of attitude is sorely lacking on both the left and the right these days.

Hollywood and Weinstein

DR Radio: Harvey, Hefner, and Las Vegas

In this edition of DR Radio, Jay, Brian, and Hadley look at the moral “superiority” of Hollywood and the Weinstein fiasco, the latest Trump controversies, and what the Las Vegas shooting means.

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Corey Feldman and the Open Secret Hollywood Doesn’t Want to Talk About

People of my generation remember Corey Feldman as the smart aleck teen in tons of 80s movies. He represented a side that many of us wished we could cultivate – the bold kid who flaunted authority in the most charming of ways, with a wink and a wisecrack.

These days, Feldman is – like so many of us – in the midst of middle age, but he’s thumbing his nose at his elders in a completely different way. The 46-year-old has become a crusader shining light on the rampant pedophilia in Hollywood, a problem he knows about from firsthand experience.

Feldman is raising money to make a film telling the story of the abuse he underwent as a child actor:

The description of the video tells a little more about what Feldman is seeking to accomplish:

His idea was created in response to the tens of thousands of comments he receives urging him to come forward with details about his abusers while growing up as a child in the industry. The plan is simple, donate now, get the answers you seek, while affording him the ability to protect his family, and cover the legal costs while he prepares to take a stand against the sick and twisted power mongers in the world of Entertainment and beyond.

For years, he has faced calls to name names, but he has stated on Twitter that he doesn’t want to just point fingers without a way to protect his family and his reputation.

Feldman is not alone. Although he was merely molested (and that was certainly bad enough), he claims that his friend, the late actor Corey Haim, was raped by a Hollywood figure on a set in the 80s. Feldman believes that Haim’s struggles with drug abuse directly stemmed from that incident.

During his Nightline interview, Feldman said that, “There’s one person to blame in the death of Corey Haim. And that person happens to be a Hollywood mogul. And that person needs to be exposed, but, unfortunately, I can’t be the one to do it,” explaining that he believed Haim’s subsequent struggle with addiction could be traced back to his childhood abuse.

Other actors validate claims like those that Feldman has made. Actor Elijah Wood told The Sunday Times that, although he was protected from abuse, he knew that multiple cases of it went on around him.

“There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind.”

“There is a darkness in the underbelly – if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.”

The documentary An Open Secret tells even more horrid tales. Why haven’t more abusers been exposed? Why haven’t Hollywood’s pedophiles paid the price for violating these children? Well, there’s a lot of protection. Here’s an example: when Feldman appeared on The View in 2013 to tell his story, host Barbara Walters shut him down, telling him, “You’re damaging an entire industry.”

The heartbreaking tales Feldman tells, along with the ones in An Open Secret, will hopefully go a long way in getting justice for this heinous epidemic in Hollywood. Good for Feldman for being willing to bring the truth to light. Here’s hoping it will result in putting an end to pedophilia in the entertainment industry.

The Weinstein Fallout and the Lack of Moral Character

Regarding the Weinstein sexual harassment and assault situation, The Washington Post recently asked why so many men are confused about the concept of consent. I responded that, in fact, they are not confused, they just don’t care. It is not a knowledge problem, but a morality problem.

Now, of course, the #metoo social media movement has highlighted what may be a disparity between what men consider to be sexual harassment and what women do. But Harvey Weinstein’s (and Bill Clinton’s and Bill Cosby’s and Woody Allen’s and Roman Polanski’s and Roger Ailes’) actions don’t stem from confusion about what is acceptable behavior toward women, but a lack of moral character.

The lack of moral character in Hollywood is sometimes evinced not by actual sexual misconduct, but by the stunning silence that surrounds the open secrets of the producers, directors, actors and more who engage in it. Dozens of women have leveled allegations against Weinstein alone. The list includes, but is not limited to, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale. There are many more names on the list. The stories got around: Jessica Barth told her friend Seth McFarlane, who then joked about Weinstein when he hosted the 2013 Oscars as a way to “stand up to” Weinstein. Even when he wasn’t sexually harassing women, he was threatening and bully them. For just that reason, Kate Winslet ‘deliberately’ did not thank him during her Oscar acceptance speech in 2009 for a movie he produced.

Yet, despite the jokes and the pointed passings over, Weinstein’s behavior was not addressed. Until now. Now everyone in Hollywood is eager to denounce the behavior of a man whose behavior they were well aware of and that they did nothing about. The whole thing drips with moral cowardice. (To be clear, not the fact that many women did not come forward until now; that itself is a product of the lack of action by those in Hollywood who knew.)

It is not difficult to see how such a thing could come about and be perpetuated. Fox News recently dug up an old story in The Washington Post in which it was reported that Weinstein helped pay Bill Clinton’s legal bills during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Birds of a feather protect sexual harassers together. The original Post story reveals that he was just one of many Hollywood liberals to do so:

Further details about Clinton’s testimony emerged on the same day that the president’s legal defense fund announced it has raised $2.2 million in the last six months, more than was collected during the previous four years of his presidency combined. The newly reconstituted defense fund, operating with looser rules about who can give and how much they can offer, tapped into resentment against Starr as more than 17,000 Clinton supporters sent money.

Hollywood was quick to come to the president’s aid. Among the 62 donors giving the maximum $10,000 were performers and directors such as Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand, Michael Douglas, Ron Howard, Norman Lear, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw-Spielberg as well as studio executives Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Harvey Weinstein and Bud Yorkin.

Ultimately, they supported a man who turned out to have lied under oath and obstructed justice — a man who has been accused of not only infidelity, but harassment and rape, numerous times. Whether this was done out of naivete, or because political allegiance (like Hollywood job opportunities) trump character for so many, is irrelevant. A cabal worked with the end result of protecting a man repeatedly-accused of sexual misconduct while in a position of power over women. With that in mind, it is not difficult to see how a similar cabal could have kept the Weinstein situations quiet. Even Winslet, who chose not to thank him in her Oscar speech, has defended her work with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski. The same thing is almost certainly keeping sexual abuse of young boys from being addressed — within the very industry that awarded Spotlight the Best Picture Oscar, a film about the investigation of the Catholic Church around Boston covering up the same thing.

It is not for lack of knowledge that these actions are evil that they are not addressed. Hollywood pats itself on the back for recognizing that, as Spotlight’s Oscar shows. It is that the morally cowardly enable the evil people among them. That is why the primary value of moral education is in inculcating not knowledge, but habits, for habits, over time, build character, and character — strong character — is what holds up to the pressure of those abusing power. By extension, the moral value of Christianity is not in providing rules to affect behavior, but in changing who we are. As the second chapter of Romans tells us, the Gentiles know and keep the Law instinctively.

Except for when they don’t.

Almost every human being has sufficient moral sense to know what is right in situations like this and many others. Many even want to do right, but we quite often fail — the author of Romans included, as he tells us five chapters later. We fail because moral decisions, even ones that benefit us individually, are hard, especially when they are not habits. This is why Thalerian nudges are so popular with people who simultaneously dislike control over their lives.

Among the problems with Thalerian behavioral economics, for which Richard Thaler was recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, is that it easily can become the lazy man’s substitute for character. Everyone wants to do what is right, but only if it is easy. By contrast, character, defined using some economic terms, is the ability to withstand the nudge of incentives toward badness. The charge of virtue is frightening, hence Augustine’s prayer that the Lord make him pure, “but not yet.”

Perhaps there is nothing wrong with nudges toward the sort of amoral maximizing of utility that these days constitutes a little too much of the metaphysical basis of economic science. That’s just it though: maximizing utility is one thing; substituting an external restraining power on “will and appetite” for the inner one atrophies the muscle of character. Burke knew of the need for inner moral restraints, but he wrote of it in contrast to the (external) formal control of the French state following the Revolution. He appears not to have anticipated the contemporary evolution to the form the external sort of restraint takes today, which is courtesy of the anthropology of homo economicus. By rigging the market, we hope to have our cake and eat it too, remaining free while encouraging virtue, misappropriating institutions to our own degradation.

One effect of the overextension of market (or other institutional) incentives toward good behavior in place of robust moral development is that, like the air in a half-inflated mattress when sat upon, vice collects wherever it finds the least resistance. Sin taxes, for example, have been found not to decrease sin, but to shift it elsewhere.

That is why moral education is so necessary: to build habits, and eventually character, that will keep us standing in the face of incentives to protect our own tribes, our own comfort or our own economic and job prospects. Those who held — and continue to hold — the open secrets of Hollywood’s sexual abuse and do nothing, and likewise those of us who would rather we were forced or incentivized to do good than to leave it up to our will, undermine a free society intended to empower the individual. The responsibility that comes with liberty and with power includes the personal responsibility to build habits of strong moral character in each of us, for as Burke observed, “It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”

According to ABC’s Matthew Dowd, Christians Are Worth Feeding to the Lions

If you are looking for a senior media personality who claims to be a Christian, but hates Christianity with more fervor than the ancient Roman emperors, you need look no further than ABC News’ chief political analyst Matthew Dowd.

This man has tweeted some of the most asinine and false takedowns of Christianity ever recorded on social media by anyone who lives outside their mother’s basement (here, here, here and here).

You’d think someone who flaunts being a Catholic would have more respect for others in fellowship with Christ, but either Dowd lacks enough working brain cells to make the connection (which is doubtful), or he’s a liberal who believes that one is born into a religion but needn’t make any personal commitment of faith. Because Dowd hates people of faith.

In Dowd’s mind, anything anyone does, no matter how perverted or tainted by self-interest and ambition, or anything a Muslim does in the name of Allah, is better than anything a Christian does in the name of conscience or in service to Christ.

In fact, Christians might be forgiven for believing that Dowd would be just fine with Roman Emperor Domitan throwing them to the lions. As proof, here’s Dowd’s reaction to learning that the Academy board of governors expelled predator and pig Harvey Weinstein.

Answer: nobody, for two reasons. 1) it’s nearly impossible to have a lower sense of moral values than Hollywood, which is guided solely by money and fame; and 2) though there are hypocrites and faithless individuals at the Value Voters Summit, Christ is also well represented there–the Family Research Council is a worthy organization.

As for Hollywood: It only took like 70 years for the Academy to finally do something the least bit “moral,” and they only did it because the victims were famous people like themselves. They still haven’t touched 2002 Oscar recipient fugitive Roman Polanski, who fled the country after pleading guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl. (Pro-tip for journalists: after the “accused rapist” pleads guilty, he becomes a “convicted rapist.”)

It’s almost not fair to write these up anymore, because everyone knows how Dowd will react to any particular situation. It’s either the fault of Christians, or it’s better than what Christians would have done, or what Christians are doing. It’s what we humble bloggers call “low hanging fruit.”

Yet I have to write it up, because once again, liberals who would be perfectly happy to have Christians fed to the lions will continue to spew this kind of idiotic venom until people wake up and stop listening.