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Old 01-07-2005, 12:27 PM   #1
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Volumes spoken about the way the world sees America

Appeal by Pretty Woman Star Perplexes Palestinians
Jan 6, 10:08 AM (ET)
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - He's been a prostitute's rich beau, an officer, a gentleman and a gigolo, but Palestinians can't fathom Richard Gere's latest incarnation as a cheerleader for their elections this weekend.

Well known for his vocal support of Tibet's Dalai Lama and celebrated for his captivating good looks, Gere urged Palestinians in a television commercial broadcast ahead of Sunday's poll in the West Bank and Gaza to get out to vote for a new president to succeed Yasser Arafat, who died in November.

"Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. We're with you during this election time. It's really important. Get out and vote," Gere said in the advertisement.

But many voters, already struggling with the labyrinthine politics of the West Bank and Gaza, say they have never heard of the actor who swept Debra Winger off her feet as a dashing Navy officer in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman and were even less interested when they were told he's an American.

"I don't even know who the candidates are other than Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), let alone this Gere," Gaza soap factory worker Manar an-Najar told Reuters on Wednesday.

"We don't need the Americans' intervention. We know who to elect. Not like them -- they elected a moron."

Arafat's death has stirred international hopes of ending more than four years of Middle East violence. Moderate Fatah faction candidate Mahmoud Abbas is the front-runner to succeed him in the first Palestinian election since 1996.

The Gere spot, sponsored by grassroots Israeli-Palestinian peace lobby One Voice, recalled ads put out by Hollywood notables to support Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry in November's U.S. elections. He lost to President Bush.
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Let's hope they don't elect a terrorist like Arafat.
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I probably think Bush is as big a moron as anyone, but I have to say, I don't understand why one quote from a single Palestinian in response to a Richard Gere ad speaks volumes about anything.

In fact, I'll go so far to say that this is an irresponsible quote for Reuters to publish. It's irrelevant for one thing; it has nothing to do with how Palestinians view Richard Gere. And for another thing, it reinforces the stereotype of Palestinians as a bunch of America-hating zealots, which is almost certainly not as true as our media likes to portray.
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It also shows that sometimes, maybe we as Americans and American celebrities in particular should not put their noses where they don't belong. I mean, has Richard Gere ever been to Palestine? Is a tenth Palestinean or something? It's one thing to have American Richard Gere talking about American politics. It's another to have American Richard Gere try to get out the Palestinean vote. Would you have liked it if Jude Law or Hugh Grant or Sean Connery did an ad during the American elections to tell us to get out the vote? Hell, I didn't even appreciate P. Diddy and Paris Hilton telling me to "Vote or Die" and they're Americans!
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"Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. We're with you during this election time. It's really important. Get out and vote," Gere said in the advertisement.

Wow...an American actor claiming to be the world's spokesperson.
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Wow...an American actor claiming to be the world's spokesperson.
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all bases are covered now

W speaks for God.
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It also shows that sometimes, maybe we as Americans and American celebrities in particular should not put their noses where they don't belong. I mean, has Richard Gere ever been to Palestine? Is a tenth Palestinean or something? It's one thing to have American Richard Gere talking about American politics. It's another to have American Richard Gere try to get out the Palestinean vote. Would you have liked it if Jude Law or Hugh Grant or Sean Connery did an ad during the American elections to tell us to get out the vote? Hell, I didn't even appreciate P. Diddy and Paris Hilton telling me to "Vote or Die" and they're Americans!
Wasn't Gere one of the millions who swore they'd move to Canada if Bush won the election ?
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Wasn't Gere one of the millions who swore they'd move to Canada if Bush won the election ?
Maybe he's moving to Ramallah instead. It would explain his interest in doing this ad.

But seriously, in defense of Gere, it's not like he did this on his own. As the article explains, he was approached by OneVoice to do it.

What would you have done if someone told you that you could make a difference? We can all agree it's a worthwhile goal. Of course he looks silly, but that's more OneVoice's miscalculation than Gere's. The dude was just trying to help.
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Maybe he's moving to Ramallah instead. It would explain his interest in doing this ad.

But seriously, in defense of Gere, it's not like he did this on his own. As the article explains, he was approached by OneVoice to do it.

What would you have done if someone told you that you could make a difference?

A modicum of Homework.
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W speaks for God.
No, that's Pat Robertson. I don't believe W ever said he speaks FOR God, Pat Robertson routinely tells the world God has spoken to him and wants his "message" passed along.
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A modicum of Homework.
Well, I agree he looks foolish. But he's not doing a bad thing.
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No, that's Pat Robertson. I don't believe W ever said he speaks FOR God, Pat Robertson routinely tells the world God has spoken to him and wants his "message" passed along.
W has said the freedom is a gift from God

and now he is killing in Irag to give Iraqis freedom

he was asked if he talked to his father
about a war in Iraq

he answerd he had a "higher father" he talked to
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I'm still missing the "volumes"...
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