Disappointing: Hillary's Platform Fails to Acknowledge Cher's Stellar Performance in "Moonstruck"
At the DNC this week, the overarching theme of many speeches was the same: that voters must do all they can to keep Trump out of the White House—namely, vote. Many spoke directly to “Bernie or Bust” supporters. But with all these supposedly impassioned pleas that Hillary is “our best option," it was impossible not to notice the blaring hole in the DNC's message: that Cher actually delivered an incredible performance in 1987's Moonstruck.
“To the Bernie or Bust people: You’re being ridiculous," proclaimed comedian Sarah Silverman. Even Silverman, a fierce Bernie supporter, highlighted Clinton’s qualifications. But how can she expect to convince others to vote without even mentioning that Cher sparkled as the lead of this magical romantic comedy opposite Nicholas Cage?
And while many described last week's RNC as "terrifying" in reference to Donald Trump and his backers, what’s even scarier to me? The DNC contained not a single mention of Cher. As Michelle Obama recalled endorsing her husband at the convention 8 years ago, she failed to so much as acknowledge that in 1987 Cher starred in three films, garnering her second Oscar nomination and first win for leading actress in Moonstruck.
It became more obvious as the convention went on that our nation's most prominent political figures were dancing around the truth: that the on-screen chemistry between Cher and Nicholas Cage felt unexpected but believable, kinetic but grounded.
In his speech, Bernie Sanders neglected the fact that Roger Ebert proclaimed Cher’s acting was “never funnier or more assured” in what has become a classic film with timeless, memorable characters.
“This election is not about, and has never been about, Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders,” said Sanders, trying to cover up his clear blunder. “This election is about the needs of the American people.”
Sanders’ campaign was built around fighting for the little guy. Doesn’t he know that the little guys—the ones who voted for him, who he hopes will vote for Clinton—are the same people who brought over 90 million dollars to the summer box office to see Cher on the big screen?
Now that the conventions are over, we can only hope that Clinton’s transition from the primaries to the general election can be as fruitful as Cher’s brave career shift from singing to acting.
We can only hope.