Thursday, October 26, 2006
Patricia Heaton, Others Counter Michael J. Fox Ad
Patricia Heaton and other celebrities are countering Michael J. Fox's pro-science ad irunning in Missouri with their own ad arguing against stem-cell research. Certainly Fox wins on artistic points: the Michael J. Fox ad is moving and direct; the Patricia Heaton ad looks like it was filmed by high school students, with bad audio. And as Andrew Sullivan says, is Jim Caviziel speaking in tongues at the beginning of the ad? (I assume it's Aramaic or Latin or some such language to appeal to Christian conservatives, but isn't it awfully off-putting to everyone else since you spend half the ad wondering what he said? On the other hand, Fox News' Roger Friedman suggests it's a surprise Patricia Heaton is a conservative. But she's been open about her views for many years, speaking out while she was on "Everybody Loves Raymond" in favor of pro-life/anti-choice legislation and still won Emmys. The suggestion that her political views will hurt her career is out of date: it would have happened a long time ago and the industry wouldn't have given her its hiughest award if they wanted to ostracize her. Has she had other hits since "Raymond?" not so much, but most TV stars rarely have more than one hit.