Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Richard Gere: Loves Tibet, has no use for kids in wheelchairs

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You all know by now that Richard Gere is a passionate Hollywood lefty, dedicated to causes such as Tibet and nuclear arms reduction.

Like most Hollywood liberals, he is quick with a pun,

"Never trust a person who says that he has God exclusively on his side,especially if that person is the President of the United States."

and free with his opinions,

TOKYO (Reuters) - Expecting no more than light chit-chat about ballroom dancing,reporters in Tokyo were startled when actor Richard Gere launched into acondemnation of Europe's plans to lift an arms embargo against China.

and posseses a healthy sense of self,

Gere, together with an Islamic cleric and a Greek Orthodox Church official, recorded a public service announcement calling on the Palestinians to vote inthe Jan. 9 election to replace Yasser Arafat.

“Hi, I’m Richard Gere and I’m speaking for the entire world. We’re with you during this election time. It’s really important: Get out and vote,” Geresaid, according to a transcript of the announcement obtained by The AssociatedPress.

Don't you get the sense that he looks down his nose at us regular folks from the moral high ground? He does it to kids in wheelchairs also, allegedly,

Did Richard Gere dis two teens in wheelchairs at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington? Fifteen-year-old Brian Glassmacher - who, with his 17-year-old sister, Kailyn, suffers from a form of muscular dystrophy so rare it's known as Glassmacher syndrome - says the movie star was snippy when he was asked to pose for a snapshot.

"I really liked 'Chicago' and I wanted to meet him. I thought he would be a very nice person," Brian told me yesterday. "But I thought he was very rude. I was very disappointed."

"No," Brian answered when asked if he'll ever see another movie starring Gere. Brian - a Fairfax, Va., middle school student who is deaf - spoke with me yesterday by phone with the aid of a sign-language interpreter. "My sister" - who is also deaf and breathes with the aid of a trachea tube - "was also there, and she really loves all of his movies - even more than I do,"