It is my firm belief that Ann Coulter is a vile human being. I know nothing about her personally; she could spend every weekend sewing clothes for homeless orphans, for all I know. But I doubt it. Even if she did, it would hardly offset the appalling statements, the outright lies and vitriol that spews from her mouth every time she is given even a minute of air time or yet another book deal.
Which is far too often, in my opinion.
She is everything that is wrong in our society today. She is all about blame in sleek packaging (meaning her). Her presence guarantees that any conversation will immediately drop to gutter level. She writes books and gives interviews whose sole purpose is to create outrage and spike ratings. Sadly she is very successful at this. Maybe she is a decent person in “real” life, but in my mind, that would make her public personal even more despicable, because it would mean she is being hurtful for nothing more than money and fame. At least if she was mean-spirited in her private life I could understand her public vitriol. Still, there’s no excuse for her.
What we need in this world are more people like Tom Hanks. When was the last time you heard Tom Hanks be cruel to someone in an interview? Or be insulting just because it sells?
That’s right. Never.
Again, I don’t know what Tom Hanks is like in his personal life. I suppose he could be a raging alcoholic who is prone to fits of uncontrollable anger. But I doubt it. His long marriage, his well-known charity work, even his films point to a man who is kind, generous and who uses his celebrity for good rather than orchestrating his actions with the sole purpose of building his celebrity. After 9/11, he put together the fund-raiser wherein actors and singers donated their time to raise money for victims’ families. He didn’t insist on his name above the credits or use the broadcast to trash the ineptness of the administration then in power, or those who supported it.
And he has never, to my knowledge, tried to tell Whoopi Goldberg how it feels to be black.
He has taken part in projects that honor veterans, astronauts, AIDS victims and every day heroes. In a karmic battle, there is no competition.
For Ann Coulter’s sake I hope reincarnation is a myth, because she may find herself a literal cockroach in her next life, instead of just a metaphorical one in this.
We should remind ourselves every day to do a little kindness. We don’t have the means or ability to reach as far as Mr. Hanks, but we can do our part. If you’ve got a few minutes to spare and even if you’ve seen it before, this short film can be that reminder.
It is, of course, narrated by Tom Hanks.