After the Las Vegas shooting, celebrities on the Left were swift to call for stricter gun control and criticize the Right for opposing gun control measures.
According to The Daily Wire, Pat Sajak, host of Wheel of Fortune, once again used his wit to criticize their political pushes. In a tweet, he said, “Ok, let me explain this again: We’re celebs. We’re wiser & more empathetic than you. We are famous. Please take our opinions more seriously.”
Sajak is a frequent critic of the Left and uses Twitter to unleash his witty attacks. One tweet criticized the violent protests of Antifa after Trump’s inauguration, “Unhappy about results of last week’s People’s Choice Awards. Thinking of breaking Starbucks windows & trashing limos.”
Another took a jab at CNN for engaging in fake news, “’Alexa, turn on CNN. I want to hear the news.’ ‘You’ll have to pick one or the other.’”
His recent criticism took aim at celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel who was quick to use the horror of the Las Vegas shooting and their own over-the-top emotions to push for gun control measures — despite the fact that those policies would’ve had little impact on the terrible tragedy.
As reported by The Daily Wire, another conservative to criticize this emotional call to action was Ben Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire. In a video, he methodically tears apart Kimmel’s monologue on Monday night during the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.
Shapiro was careful to clarify that he wasn’t criticizing Kimmel’s emotional response, but that Kimmel believes those on the Right aren’t similarly emotional: “Last night he did a long shtick about gun control that was entirely based on emotion, and it was just really nasty. I don’t think it was nasty because he doesn’t care; he cares; it’s really nasty because he’s suggesting you and I don’t care.”
Shapiro explained that Kimmel’s monologue essentially stated that if people don’t agree with him, they’re heartless: “It doesn’t matter that we’re all heartbroken over what happened; we don’t agree with Jimmy Kimmel’s evidence-less suggestions about gun control; that means that we don’t care; we’re bad people.”
During the rant, Kimmel attacks Republicans for supposedly being the puppets of the NRA, condemning the non-existent gun show sale loophole, judging the Right for not wanting to discuss policy during a tragedy, and utterly rejecting the thoughts and prayers of those on the Right because they disagree about politics.
Shapiro summarized the rant into the same conclusion Sajak came to: “He finishes by saying, you know, I think it’s important. Okay, well, guess what? We all think it’s important. We all think it’s important. But you’re not an expert just because you feel deeply. You feeling deeply does not make you an expert on a topic.”
Shapiro finishes his criticism by saying “Jimmy Kimmel should not be cheered for what he said last night. Jimmy Kimmel should be asked to provide the evidence for his suppositions rather than the evidence for his emotions. Again, I believe he’s sincere. Sincerity does not make what you’re saying smart.”
Pat Sajak jokes about celebs and their opinions. Do we take them too seriously?
Sajak and Shapiro both target what’s been the main problem for almost any political debate coming from the Left, especially the celebrity Left; that emotions somehow grant credibility and validity to their claims.
Kimmel and other leftist celebrities are obviously hurting from the Las Vegas shooting; their emotions are sincere and their anger is understandable. But lashing out at Republicans who disagree politically with them and using their emotions to push an ideological agenda does not serve the greater good.
Declaring a person unfeeling and heartless because they don’t share your opinions is completely reprehensible. Celebrities like Kimmel aren’t earning any fans with these political displays.