As if the meltdown in the economy weren't distressing enough, did I have to see one of my few remaining idols reveal herself to be (potentially and allegedly) just about as nutty as Little Edie herself? Or, if not nutty, harboring some views that put her at significant odds with many of her most ardent fans?
In a recent interview with Bloomberg.com, two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole shared some views that seem to indicate that, although her talent is irreproachable, her views on the state of the world border on reprehensible. First off, Ebersole, according to Adam Feldman at Time Out New York, is "a registered republican who favors Ron Paul." Her reason: "everyone else is owned by the bankers."
Whah? Well, to understand what Ebersole means by that reference, take a look at the following interchange between her and Bloomberg writer Philip Boroff:
Boroff: Are you concerned about opening in a new show (Blithe Spirit) in this economy?
Ebersole: I've thought about that. We haven't seen the end
of the story. It's unfolding minute by minute.
Boroff: What is the story?
Ebersole: You have to look at the agenda of 9/11 to see what's happening economically. You also have to go back to 1913, when the Federal Reserve was formed. To me it's a systematic collapsing of the economy in order to usher in the amero.
Boroff: The who?
Ebersole: That's the new currency. It's going to be introduced and we'll join with Mexico and Canada. We are moving to a one-world government. It's not some crazy conspiracy theory.
Boroff: Have you ever feared sharing your views would harm your career?
Ebersole: I've been told this will destroy me. This is my duty as an American citizen and a child of God, to speak truth to power.
If you're not familiar with "the amero," it's basically part of a paranoid conspiracy theory (Sorry, Christine) that the U.S. is about to lose its independence, join up with Mexico and Canada to form the NAU (North American Union) and establish a common currency, to wit "the amero." You might, say, well that sounds harmless enough. The trouble is, this collective delusion is often associated with white supremacists. And Ebersole's reference to "bankers" owning politicians comes dangerously close to anti-Semitic speech. Time Out's Feldman explains:
To anyone familiar with the history of anti-Semitism, these quotes
set alarm bells ringing furiously. Although Ebersole insists that her
take on 9/11 and the amero is "not some crazy conspiracy theory," many
of its most prominent proponents come from the darkest abysses of the
Jew-hating radical fringe...Not so many degrees of ideology separate Ebersole from this ugly
crowd. But this does not mean that she is an anti-Semite. It seems
likely, in fact, that she is merely very gullible.
I find this profoundly disturbing and deeply disappointing, and I find myself wishing that the whole thing will turn out to be some terrible misunderstanding. But if it's true...oh sweet mother of Maude Adams, if it's true... Well, let's just say that Ebersole's next role after Blithe Spirit may as well be Letitia Primrose in On the 20th Century. ("It's a lie, it's a lie, she's as sane as you or I...")