While the world devolves into chaos, two actors who star in popular TV shows have bucked the Hollywood liberal stereotype. Mayim Bialik, who plays the geeky neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory”, noted in a blog post on Wednesday how she is buying bullet proof vests for Israeli soldiers now campaigning against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile David Boreanaz, who plays FBI Agent Sealy Booth in the crime drama “Bones” made a caustic tweet about President Obama’s policy concerning Russia.
Both actors had differing reactions to the response they got because of the stands they took. Bialik reacted more in sorrow than in anger. Boreanaz, on the other hand, was polite, but combative,
In her blog post Bialik described the reasons why she bought the vests, which seemed to be motivated as much for humanitarian impulses as she was because of support for the state of Israel .
“1. I need to feel like I’m doing something,” she writes.
“2. No matter what your politics are, soldiers sent into war zones deserve to be protected from enemy fire.”
“3. Every soldier is someone’s son or daughter. Every single one.”
Boreanaz had this to say on twitter about two presidents, one named Obama and the other named Putin.
“So here we are in a Cold War now with Russia.Sanctions aren't going to cut it.Putin is Nuts and a serious threat to the USA.Grow some Obama.”
Neither actor has been known to have made any overt political statement before. Both are getting both some support and a great deal of opposition on social media. Some of the opposition is, mildly speaking, caustic indeed,
Bialik, who is Jewish and a committed supporter of Israel, took on the hate in a previous blog post.
“I wish no one cared what celebrities think about the situation in Israel. I wish people would stop posting things on social media about what a horrible person I am because I am a Jew. And about how all Israel supporters are Nazis and hate Palestinian children and want them dead. Because that’s just wrong and ridiculous.”
She went on to describe how she takes inspiration from watching the film “Braveheart” for the first time. She suggested that even this may be a dangerous act because the film’s director and star, Mel Gibson, made a number of anti-Semitic statement while in a state of drunkenness. She ended with a plea for people not to judge the motived of other people.
Boreanaz has taken to engaging both of his supporters and critics on twitter, retweeting some of his favorite replies. When asked what he would do about Putin, he had a surprisingly subtle idea. He suggested lifting the 1970s era prohibition against exporting oil produced in the United States. The theory is that this would help European countries dependent on Russia oil find another source and thus be less prone to being blackmailed by the Putin regime. It might also help lower the world-wide price of oil, which would further harm Putin.