A rather pleasant surprise from a celebrity’s child

Cher

Cher is undoubtedly a talented performer.  She’s also capable of being extremely crude, vulgar, and mean.  Over the years, she’s criticized conservatives using sexual and scatological insults that do nothing to advance political discourse; they just debase conversation.  That’s why it came as a surprise — a very pleasant one — to read that her son by Gregg Allman, Elijah Blue Allman, feels that his mom stepped over the line when she used the “c” word to describe Sarah Palin.

 

That’s quite classy. Without knowing anything more about the young man, he just went up in my estimation.

What passes for wit amongst Democrats

As political season heats up, those Facebook friends who amuse me too much to unfriend (because they’re wacky), are getting worried about the Romney/Ryan ticket.  How do I know they’re worried?  Because, rather than boasting about their candidate, they’re demonizing — and I do mean demonizing — the Republican ticket.  This is my favorite example of Democrat wit today:

 


By the way, here’s a better photo of Cher, one that reveals her class:


Also, a little information about the lady from Wikipedia:

Cher had a relationship with actor Warren Beatty in the early 1960s.[25] Sonny Bono and Cher first met in 1962. They said they were married as early as 1963, and they had a wedding ceremony in Tijuana, Mexico on October 27, 1964. Their only child is Chaz Bono, previously named Chastity Bono,[132] born on March 4, 1969.[133] After 13 years together, Sonny and Cher divorced on June 27, 1975. The divorce resulted in the cancellation of The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.

Later that year Cher married rock and blues musician Gregg Allman. Their son Elijah Blue Allman (of the band Deadsy) was born on July 10, 1976. They separated after two years and finalized their divorce in 1979. Between Bono and Allman, Cher revealed that she had a fling with Elvis Presley while they were performing in Las Vegas, but rejected him when he asked her up to his room because she was nervous about spending the night with him. In February 2008, Cher stated on Good Morning America that she deeply regrets turning him down.[134] In the interview, she also said she had been asked out by Marlon Brando during a plane ride.[134] Cher was also involved[vague] with record executive David Geffen, KISS co-founder Gene Simmons, and senior account manager Garreth Crawford.[135] Throughout the 1980s, Cher dated several younger men including actors Tom Cruise[136] and Val Kilmer, film producer Josh Donen, and Rob Camilletti, the 22-year-old bagel baker whom she met on her 40th birthday and lived with for three years.[137]

My relationships usually last a few years. When I’m involved with a man, other men are fascinated with me, but the minute I’m single again, half of those men disappear because they don’t have the balls to really want me.
—Cher – NME – April 1984

Cher was involved with Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora for two years in the early 1990s, and was also linked[vague] to musicians Eric Clapton and Mark Hudson and actor Ray Liotta.[25][138] In 2009, Cher dated 38 year-old biker Tim Medvetz.[139][relevant?discuss] As of 2010, Cher is dating the American comedy writer Ron Zimmerman. They were first seen together in public in August 2010, having been dating for around six months.[140][relevant?discuss]

Romney has been married to the same wife for 43 years.

Cher’s an unabashed capitalist, owning the kind of real property plutocrats would envy.  Apparently it’s only evil when Republicans do it:

Cher owns several pieces of real estate, including homes in Aspen, Colorado, US, and London, UK, and maintains a home in Malibu, California, US, which she listed for sale in 2008 at $45 million.[145] In April 2006, it was reported that Cher had purchased a condominium in the Sierra Towers in West Hollywood, California, for $3.5 million.[146] In 2002 her personal wealth was reported to be estimated at $600m (£315m).[147][148][149]

In July 2006, it was announced that Cher, in conjunction with Sotheby’s and Julien’s Auctions, was planning to auction about 800 of her personal possessions from her Italian Renaissance-themed Malibu estate, including numerous antiques, art collectibles, paintings, career memorabilia, furniture (including her bed) as well as numerous pieces of jewelry, clothing, stage costumes, gowns, a 2003 Hummer H2 and her 2005 Bentley. The event, which took place October 3–5, 2006, in Beverly Hills, California, raised $3.3 million. Cher had said a large percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Cher Charitable Foundation.[150] Cher reportedly received $180 million for mounting her comeback at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.[151]

Cher’s not too fond of America.  When she goes public with her politics, she doesn’t praise her party.  She savagely attacks the other party, something at odds with the poster’s claim that she’s akin to a secular saint:

Unlike her late ex-husband Sonny Bono, Cher has always been a staunch Democrat. She has attended and performed at Democratic Party conventions and events. Cher has always defined herself as an anti-war activist; she demonstrated against the Vietnam War, and the video for “Turn Back Time” in 1989 was sometimes interpreted as an admonition against the military: “Make love, not war.”[citation needed] On October 27, 2003, Cher anonymously called a C-SPAN phone-in program. She recounted a visit she had made to maimed soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and criticized the lack of media coverage and government attention given to injured servicemen.[162] She also remarked that she watches C-SPAN every day. Though she simply identified herself as an unnamed entertainer with the USO, she was recognized by the C-SPAN host, who subsequently questioned her about her 1992 support for independent presidential candidate Ross Perot.

Back from her last tour in Europe, Cher declared that Europeans had a very bad image of Americans, mostly because of the Bush administration. “[Europeans] see us as the real terrorists since this stupid war in Iraq and because of all the innocent civilians that were killed within the first [...]somehow they’re right.” She shared the stage with Muhammad Muhammad in N.Y.C, an American actor who used to tell stories about the changes in American Muslims’ lives since 9/11. On Memorial Day weekend in 2006, Cher called in again, endorsing Operation Helmet, an organization started by a doctor that provides helmet upgrade kits free of charge to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to those ordered to deploy in the near future. She identified herself as a caller from Malibu, California, and proceeded to complain about the then current presidential administration. She read aloud a letter from a soldier on the ground in Iraq, praising Operation Helmet’s efforts, and decrying the lack of protection afforded by the military’s provisions for troops.[163]

Given the chance, Cher’s venom doesn’t just leak out, it explodes out:

If you’re black in this country, if you’re a woman in this country, if you are any minority in this country at all, what could possibly possess you to vote Republican?

I Feel if he (Obama) doesn’t get all his DUCKS IN A ROW we’ll b forced 2 listen 2Uncaring Richy Rich! The whitest man in MAGIC UNDERWEAR in the WH (White House).

If ROMNEY gets elected I don’t know if i can breath as Him & his Right Wing Racist and his Homophobic Women Hating Right Wing Tea Bagger Masters.

TOO HARSH ? Thats me Holding BACK! They care nothing about the POOR The OLD The SICK The HUNGRY CHILDREN & People striving 4 a Better LIFE !

Cher is involved with various charities — including supporting Armenia and wounded warriors — and she deserves kudos for that.  Nevertheless, this is not a nice lady.  I wouldn’t want her for my poster child.