Friday, August 31, 2012

Celebrities tweet madly about 'loopy' Eastwood RNC appearance

Clint Eastwood spoke at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, and Twitter has been aflame with responses over his "performance." A number of celebrities have taken to the micro-blogging service to voice mostly negative reaction to his speech.

Eastwood's appearance at the RNC was as a surprise "mystery agent," though it wasn't much of a secret. What was a secret, though, was his actual speech, which was one done mostly with an empty chair that was supposed to represent U.S. President Barack Obama.

The transcript and a video of the speech can be found here.

Clint Eastwood has even become a Twitter trend.  Among the celebrities who chimed in were the following:

Joe Scarborough, the conservative host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe": "A great night for Mitt Romney just got sidetracked by Clint Eastwood. Wow. That was bad."

George Takei: "Clint Eastwood's RNC speech was to imaginary Obama in an empty chair. I'm drafting a DNC speech to imaginary Romney in an empty factory (a reference to Romney and his time at Bain)."

Adam Levine: "Clint Eastwood has gone f--kin nutterbutters yo."

Roger Ebert: "Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic. He didn't need to do this to himself. It's unworthy of him."

Zachary Quinto: "Is clint eastwood meant to instill confidence in republicans?! I am legitimately scared of his talking to imaginary Obama."

Simon Pegg: "Maybe Clint is a sleeper agent for the Democrats sent in under deep cover to make the Republicans look stupid. No wait, that's Romney."

Bill Maher: "Wow. Who knew Clint Eastwood was such a down the line rightwing a--hole?"

Zach Braff: "Still can't tell if Clint was hallucinating or President is really invisible now."

Seth Myers: "When Clint woke up this morning he saw that Obama was gone from the chair...Or was he still there!?!?!"

Chris Rock: BREAKING NEWS: CNN REPORTS: Last night when he got home, Clint Eastwood got in a huge fight with the rest of his furniture.

Wendell Pierce ("The Wire"): Clint Eastwood's presentation not funny to me today. The image of the empty chair with the President being talked down to was offensive.

Brent Spiner: After watching Clint Eastwood's speech last night at the RNC, I'm voting for the chair.

Joe Palazzolo: Lawyers as presidents? Not a good idea, says Clint Eastwood. (editor's note: ahem, applause, but remember how Texas feels about Jefferson).

Bob Cesca: Last night an awkward Republican delivered a weird speech filled with bizarre, fantastical remarks. He was preceded by Clint Eastwood.

Good news for Romney out of Clint Eastwood fiasco? He will get to fire some people

A few came to Eastwood's defense.  For example, Janine Turner and Donald Trump tweeted their support.  

Naturally, the Romney campaign also did so, with a statement that read: "Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn't work. His ad-libbing was a break from all the political speeches, and the crowd enjoyed it. He rightly pointed out that 23 million Americans out of work or underemployed is a national disgrace and it's time for a change."

During an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Friday, Ann Romney said, "We appreciated Clint's support and he's a unique guy and he did a unique thing last night."  Based on earlier reports, Romney aides were wincing backstage as Eastwood spoke.  Is that what she means by unique?

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