Monday, March 20, 2006

Sarandon to Play Sheehan

In a fawning piece in tribute to Cindy Sheehan, the dives into the life that is now Sheehan's, after the left and media decided between them to pin fame to her lapel and throw her out to the wolves.

The sun is rising over a house in the Berkeley Hills, and in its modest studio apartment, America's most compelling anti-war activist is making her bed, apologizing for the clutter and running late.

Cindy Sheehan was up much of the previous night while emergency room doctors treated her daughter for a painful cyst, but sleeping in is out of the question. Soon a car will whisk her off to a Canadian TV interview, to be followed by a local TV interview, and finally, fixing spaghetti for her three adult children in Vacaville -- her home before the death of her soldier son Casey and the political trajectory of her anguish propelled her to divorce, to estrangement from friends, and to a frenetic campaign to end U.S. military involvement in Iraq.

And where is "home" to her now?

She pauses and sighs, sinking into the window seat and pulling a quilt up to her chin. "Nowhere, really ... ."

She's averaging just two days per month here. The next morning she will fly off again, the surreal star of what is -- depending largely on one's political perspective -- either an epic tragedy or a farce. After stops for protests in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., she will breakfast in Manhattan with actress Susan Sarandon, who is set to portray her in a biopic movie. A crew will film Sheehan for a weekly reality series on the Sundance Channel. Her letters to President Bush inspired "Peace Mom," a one-woman monologue show in London. A memoir is due to her publisher April 1.

And she hopes to reschedule a trip to address the European Union, postponed, she says, because of injuries when she was arrested yet again and jailed earlier this month on charges of blocking entrance to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
I'm sure I won't be watching this movie, the reality series or reading any books by Sheehan. I've already seen more than enough of her public foolishness and pandering over the past year to ever feel the need to punish myself further by watching a whole movie of propaganda about her too.

I'm not trying to be mean, but the only redeeming thing about Cindy Sheehan that I've seen about her in the media this past year is that thankfully she doesn't have big, bugged-out insect eyes. Now with Sarandon playing Sheehan in the movie, Hollywood is even screwing that up too.

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