Team America FAGs have designs on US politics

Aug 11, 2011
Jonathan Harwood

Alec Baldwin to stand for New York mayor, Michael Moore puts Matt Damon forward as president

In their 2004 film Team America, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, mercilessly mocked the political aspirations of the liberal Hollywood establishment by inventing a fake organisation for bleeding-heart actors called FAG (the Film Actors Guild), which counted the likes of Alec Baldwin, Michael Moore and Matt Damon in its number.

Seven years later it seems as though they picked their targets well. This week, Baldwin announced that he wanted to become mayor of New York and Moore said that he would like to see Damon become president of the US.

In an interview with the New York Times, actor Baldwin said that he would run for mayor, but not until 2017. Before then he wants to go back to university and learn how to do the job.

His chances of carving out a political career have been given a boost by the sex scandal that engulfed fellow Democrat Anthony Weiner, whose disappearance from the scene has left a vacuum that Baldwin could fill. But the 30 Rock star said he realised that success was not a given. "I am someone who is fully prepared for the fact that I could go into this and do it and completely have my ass kicked," he said.

However, he is in no doubt about his status as a man of the people. "There are people who make a lot of money who become rich people, and then there are people who make a lot of money, but they don't think like rich people do," said the actor who was once married to Kim Basinger. "No matter how much money they have, they are the same from their own upbringing. I would definitely put myself in the latter class.

"What I think the government should be doing, who I think government should be serving, and in what way and what it should be prioritising is a lot different than people would think."

Earlier in the week, left-wing film maker and agent provocateur Michael Moore declared that he wanted to see Matt Damon stand for president. In a Q&A session with "progressive news site" he said: "[Damon] has been very courageous in not caring about who he offends by coming out and saying the things that need to be said... The Republicans have certainly shown the way, when you run someone who is popular, you win. Sometimes even when you run an actor, you win."

The actor may face competition from yet another celebrity if he does stand. Comedian Roseanne Barr announced that she had designs on the Oval Office in an appearance on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno last week, and said she was starting her own political movement, the Green Tea Party.

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