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Perspective: Lights, Camera, Activism

"Celebrity is terrific to throw light on something… because the fact is that the media is the fourth branch of the government." So spoke Rob "Meathead" Reiner, architect of California's recent 50-cent cigarette tax increase. And he's right. Celebrity endorsement unleashes tremendous public reaction. If Oprah can cripple the meat industry by uttering one sentence, what do you think would happen if Leonardo DiCaprio vowed to boycott restaurants until (pick your product) was outlawed … or banned… or heavily taxed?
Posted February 1, 1999 at 12:00 am

Heaven Help Us

Looks like all the do-gooding is going to some heads. Here are actual quotes by some modern-day messiahs. "I do have this messianic feeling that I can save the world." - Meryl Streep "My agenda is a national agenda… I feel like the cavalry coming to the rescue." - Rob Reiner "I believe that the work is just beginning for me. I see myself as an instrument for a will greater than my own." - Oprah Winfrey
Posted February 1, 1999 at 12:00 am

Cause Celébre

The Christian Science Monitor calls celebrity activism “the entertainment industry’s unofficial pastime.” But where are all these actor-vists coming from, anyway? Just like any big Hollywood production, they’re created…
Posted February 1, 1999 at 12:00 am

Rosie Outlook Spun by CSPI

WOW! The Center for Science in the Public Interest is showing some spunk. CSPI chief Michael Jacobson claimed that talk-show star Rosie O’Donnell refused to endorse the fat substitute Olestra.
Posted February 1, 1999 at 12:00 am

Heed the Warning

Instead of your name or a clever saying appearing on the side of your coffee mug, some people would rather see a huge government warning. The Center for Science…
Posted January 1, 1999 at 12:00 am

CSPI’s Next Target: You

“I’m not ruining foods. The foods are being ruined by restaurants.” – CSPI founder Michael Jacobson Just five years after launching its first attack on…
Posted August 1, 1998 at 12:00 am

Obesity Blacklisted

In case there were any doubts about the health culture’s commitment to an all-out anti-fat campaign, two recent strategic movements should put them to rest. The American Heart Association (AHA)…
Posted July 1, 1998 at 12:00 am

Lessons From The Tobacco Wars

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute would be hard pressed to be more explicit about their next anti-choice campaign. In a recent article entitled “Lessons From the Tobacco Wars,”…
Posted July 1, 1998 at 12:00 am

In The Good ‘Ol Summertime,Then and Now

If the folklore is to be believed, the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair was the birthplace of many American favorites. It's interesting to see how much our nation has changed since then. THEN: Englishman Richard Blechyden can't even give away his fresh-brewed hot tea at the sweltering World's Fair, so he dumps ice into his brew and creates iced tea. NOW: A local health department misinterprets the data from some clinical tests, triggering an international media frenzy about "bacteria contamination" in iced tea.
Posted May 1, 1998 at 12:00 am

Caffeine Warnings

Instead of your name or a clever saying appearing on the side of your coffee mug, some people would rather see a huge government warning. The Center for Science…
Posted May 1, 1998 at 12:00 am