Glenn Beck thinks social or economic justice are code words for Nazism or communism, and he called President Barack Obama a racist, but he can't get enough of Madea?
That's right, filmmaker Tyler Perry is one of Beck's heroes:
"This guy is a hero to me. This guy is fantastic," Beck said.
Beck said he loved Perry's independence and his ability to combine entertainment with an "enlightening" message.
"How is it I don't know this man? How is it we are not friends?" said Beck who admitted to just recently seeing his first Tyler Perry movie.
"It's exactly the kind of movie that would make a lot of money. It is amazing -- he can't get it done so he sets up his own production company and he's wildly successful.... I just told the guys this morning that I want to meet him – I want to set up a meeting because from what little I know, we think exactly the same way."
Perry is an Obama supporter so I think Madea would probably go get her pistol after hearing some of the nonsense Beck spouts on the air. I can hear Perry as Madea now: "A Beck. What's a Beck. I don't give a $&%#* about a Beck."
What Beck's comments do give is a clear outlook on why he says the ridiculous, untrue things he does: money.
Beck was paid $32 million over the last year, $13 million from publishing.
"I could give a flying crap about the political process. Making money, on the other hand, is to be taken very seriously, and controversy is its own coinage," Beck said in the piece.
If Spike Lee thinks Tyler Perry produces "coonery," then Beck must be the equivalent of Amos 'N' Andy.
Beck is trying and succeeding at making himself wealthy based on the nonsensical, racist, sexist and sometimes dangerous stuff he says on the air. In an interview with Forbes, Beck described his Mercury Radio Arts as an entertainment company.
According to Forbes:
Beck says the only major difference between Perry's product and his is politics. "[Perry] has the luxury of not doing the political stuff, which is really where I want to be as a company," he says. "I just happen to believe the Republic is on fire and it wouldn't be as effective if I had Pluto come out with a cartoon fire hose to put it out."
Debates and criticism about health care reform should have been about informing the public and helping them make decisions about how they feel based upon facts. There is a role for commentary in the debate. If a commentator can express opinion and then support it with facts and figures, then that's something the general public may want to consider.
The problem with people like Beck and Rush Limbaugh, though, is that FOX News often tries to pass their commentaries off as unbiased news and the host themselves pass opinions, lies and exaggerations off as fact. Beck said that some health care reform measures wouldn't kick in for years and that the legislation would regulate guns and everything else. "This is for all the marbles," he said. Some of that crazy language is causing people to call and threaten the lives of our lawmakers. Whether you agree or disagree with a particular issue, no one deserved to be threatened or killed over it.
This is what Beck had to say about a potential Obama nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens:
"She could be the devil, she could say 'I hate America, I want to destroy America,' and that way they'll only be able to say, 'Oh, Why do you hate gay, immigrant, black, gay, handicapped women.' Because that's what this has to be. It must be about.. And when I say this, I mean all of it."
I probably shouldn't even be writing about this guy. I probably just added another $12 to next year's take of $40 million. Since he's so in to entertainment, maybe Beck can partner with Perry on the next Madea movie: "Diary of a Crazy Conservative."