The Hollywood elite have always done their part for liberal causes. The
latest one is a little more abstract: Nancy Pelosi's image. The
Washington Post reports
that the soon-to-be former House Speaker is tapping director Steven
Spielberg to help re-brand herself for the coming political term:
say she is consulting marketing experts about building a stronger
brand. The most prominent of her new whisperers is Steven Spielberg, the
Hollywood director whose films have been works of branding genius.
The Post's Rachel Weiner
notes that Spielberg has long been a Democratic "power player" but this
new cameo "would seem to be a different--and more expansive--role
than Spielberg has played in the past." What might Spielberg have in
store for Pelosi? Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin
offers a few facetious suggestions:
Fran Nan and the Temple of Doom"? "Tax Me If You Can"? "Jurassic Pork"? "Close Encounters With the Third World"? "Dude, Where’s My Gavel?"
Meanwhile, Mike Fleming
at Deadline Hollywood is a tad skeptical of the Post's scoop. "When I
reached out to Spielberg’s longtime publicist Marvin Levy, it seems wise
to season this dish with a few grains of salt," he writes. Levy tells
Fleming, "I can say as a long-time spokesman for Steven that he has made
it his career to direct actors, not political figures.” So is this much
ado about nothing? Colby Hall
at Mediaite parses the two stories:
Spielberg’s spokesman has made clear that he is not helping the
Democrats "rebrand" themselves in any official capacity, its entirely
plausible that there could exist a casual and helpful relationship
between Spielberg and House leadership. But for now, the official word
is that no one should expect the House Democrats to suddenly morph into a
summer blockbuster in the coming years.
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