BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 16: Kirstie Alley enters the celebrity big brother home at Elstree … [+]
As an actress, Kirstie Alley hasn’t been much in the spotlight these days, but over the weekend she was the focus of the recent nasty social media exchange preparing for the election. The former cheers star, also known for her role in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, has become known for her openness to politics in recent weeks.
Alley called House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi an “angry” woman, but it was her support for President Donald Trump over the weekend that highlighted the ugliness of this campaign season.
It started when the actress tweeted from her official account (@kirstiealley), “I am voting for @realDonaldTrump because he is NOT a politician. I voted for him 4 years ago and I will vote for him again for that reason things quick and he’s going to turn the economy around quickly. There you have it guys, there you have it. ”
The “people” didn’t have it. In fact, Ms. Alley faced a firestorm almost punctually on the weekend – with comments ranging from almost bourgeois to downright hostile.
Joe Lockhart, white press secretary for former President Bill Clinton, was among those who came out of the gate to respond. From his Twitter account (@joelockhart) he tweeted: “I am voting for Biden because I have a brain.”
Fellow actress Patricia Arquette responded with perhaps the most polite answer: “Well, my vote for Biden overruled yours. I did my civic duty of the day.”
While there’s little doubt that Alley must have expected a backlash, some of the comments were really nasty and mean. This included a tweet from @_MyLighhouse offering the thought, “#KirstieAlley supported @JennyCraig and that hasn’t worked out well for her in the long run either.”
Such feelings were shared by Twitter user Emmet Mcllvenna (@emitXtime), who tweeted, “How can you make fun of someone who’s such a sought-after cover girl?” Following photos from tabloids showing an overweight alley.
Shouting out to an actress struggling with her weight shows that a chance of civil conversation is almost impossible this election cycle. Of course, it seemed a fair game that Alley was a member of Scientology, and one particular tweet even compared the controversial church to the Qanon movement’s conspiracy theory.
@ judeyourself99 tweeted, “Kirstie Alley has been in a cult (Scientology) for decades and has been a Trump supporter for several years as well [sic] No wonder she is also a Qanon follower. “
No laughing matter
It’s unlikely that writer / director Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) might ever occupy Alley in anything! Referring to Cheers, he tweeted, “Shelly Long was way funnier than you.”
Humor may be subjective, of course, but maybe Apatow should take into account the fact that Alley has actually won several awards in her career, even more so than Long.
Ms. Long was nominated five times for her role as Diane on Cheers and again for guest appearance as the same character on Frasier, and won the 1983 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She also won two Golden Globes for the role. In contrast, Alley was also nominated five times for her role as Rebecca on the hit NBC series and won an Emmy once in the same category. It also won two People’s Choice Awards and a Golden Globe.
The point is, Apatow, who is a well-known endorsement of Biden, offered a fairly youthful response by claiming Long was funnier. But that’s how we are today. If you are different with someone, make it personal – facts are damned!
Twitter user Lucas Nolen (@RalLucasNolen) did it personally in a tweet in response to Apatow. but also a picture of Amy Coney Barrett holding up the black white paper during last week’s SCOTUS confirmation hearings: “The list of Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes you won”. Its shelves are empty of awards.
This is something that is actually a lot funnier!
At least Stephen Crockett Jr., a reporter from The Root, knew how to really make fun of his response to Alley’s support. @SAcorkettJr tweeted, “I would tell us all to cancel Kirstie Alley, but that would mean going to thrift stores to find VHS copies of Look Who’s Talking and then burning them.”