Kathy Shaidle

Susan Sarandon’s ex-boyfriend bemoans life as a ‘slave’

Posted on July 19 2010 12:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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No, not that kind of “slave” — although I don’t claim any insider knowledge into the intimate lives of actors Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, who split earlier this year after 23 years (and two children) together.

Here’s Robbins talking to the UK Telegraph about his “mid-life crisis” and other matters:

Robbins, an outspoken political activist, also spoke of his disappointment at the growing “slavery” of Hollywood stars to the entertainment industry, where he said actors were increasingly afraid of the risks in speaking out on social and political issues.

He said: “That’s unfortunate. It didn’t use to be that way. I don’t believe you are free if you are measured and careful in what you say because you feel that will make you richer or more famous. I think there’s a slavery in that.”

Robbins also described how the industry attempted to ostracise him and Sarandon following the 1993 Oscars ceremony, where the couple sparked controversy by appearing on stage and demanding that President Clinton shut down an internment camp for HIV-positive Haitian refugees in Cuba.

“I did notice a lot of averted eyes,” he said. “Nobody wanted to look at you. They tried to ban us for a long time, but within two years we were back because we were nominated.”

Where to start? Listening to Dennis Miller and others, it seems that conservatives in Hollywood are “afraid of speaking out” — so much so that they felt obligated to form a semi-secret society called “Friends of Abe” (Lincoln, that is; he was a Republican, remember?) Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood blog features a few contributors who write anonymously for fear of losing work as actors and musicians.

Gee, it almost sounds like… what’s that thing movie stars are so obsessed about, and so often get wrong? Oh, yeah: McCarthyism.

“It didn’t use to be that way”? Surely Robbins is familiar with the Hays Code, the League of Decency, and the studio P.R. departments who either told stars what to say or just saved them the trouble of thinking and said it for them.

Also: this is the same Tim Robbins who objected when anti-Communist director Elia Kazan received the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. (But remember: snubbing is “different” when leftists do it.)

And I particularly enjoyed Robbins’ idea of “a long time” being “two years.” He probably thinks he’s now qualified to portray Solzhenitsyn in a film — not that he’d accept such a part.

As an added bonus:

Robbins said that the experience [of having a mid-life crisis] encouraged him to write an album of songs which he is set to release later this year.

He said: “I was thinking about calling it ‘The Mid-life crisis Album’, but then I thought that’s not going to sell any copies. Then I thought, ‘How about Songs of Love and Misery?’

Let’s hope he just does the predictable thing and buys (then crashes) a Lamborghini instead. I don’t think the culture can take a Tim Robbins album, do you?

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