June 17, 2024
Tired, Boring—and Dangerous—Celebrity Death Wishing
If one believes the beachfront of Malibu reflects the norms of American behavior or thought, then he is seriously delusional.
If one believes the beachfront of Malibu reflects the norms of American behavior or thought, then he is seriously delusional.

Recently, New York writer Fran Lebowitz told Bill Maher on his HBO program that the U.S. government should turn President Donald Trump “over to the Saudis, his buddies—the same Saudis who got rid of that reporter.”

Lebowitz thought it was cool to imagine on live television that the president might be chopped up in the manner of the recent murder of Saudi journalist and activist Jamal Khashoggi.

A veritable mini-industry of celebrity calls for Trump’s violent death or assassination is now old and boring—and getting dangerous.

As if on cue, actors, singers, comedians, and banal entertainers compete with each other to hope for the most gruesome manner of killing the president—and thereby insidiously lowering the bar for unhinged minds of what could be conceivable or even acceptable to big screen icons and popular culture’s cool crowd.

The late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain mused about poisoning Trump.

Musician David Crosby thought of incineration.

Actor Johnny Depp and rapper Snoop Dogg preferred shooting.

Former CNN host Kathy Griffin, comedian George Lopez, and singer Marilyn Manson all imagined decapitation.

The rock group Pearl Jam offered up the image of Trump rotting.

The singer Madonna and musician Moby chose explosives.

The New York City public theater fancied stabbing.

Actor Robert De Niro seems pathetically fixated on repeated blows to the head.

Comedian Rosie O’Donnell dreamed of Trump’s death by falling off a cliff.

Actor Mickey Rourke threatened clubbing, while Charlie Sheen seemed to pray for some sort of divine intervention to eliminate Trump.

Comedian Larry Wilmore says he would settle for old-fashioned suffocation.

Hollywood, of course, had been fixated on hating Trump since he first announced his candidacy—an obsession shared by the Obama-era CIA, FBI, and Justice Department.

Yet the idea that liberal celebrities, authors, and entertainers would publicly dream of various ways of killing a conservative president is not exactly new.

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