October 01, 2003


CLAIM: Virtually all criticism of Bush's policies has been deemed "unpatriotic" and suppressed.

SOURCE: Stupid television actress.

STATUS: Ignore.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 1, 2003 05:49 PM

No wonder Ralph Fiennes left her.

Posted by: Max at October 1, 2003 at 05:55 PM

"In most schools there," she sighs, " children have to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag every morning.

The horror. American kids pledging allegiance to the American flag. The situation horrifies her so much that she's continuing to live in the states and collect her multimillion dollar salary.

Posted by: Robin Wade at October 1, 2003 at 06:59 PM

What - did the evil Bush administration also stop Americans from accessing the Independent's website, thus forcing Kingston to travel all the way back to the land of the watery tart just to read that fine publication and form a view on the war?

Or she is so stupid that she can't turn on her computer, and is still looking for the "any key" to press?

Posted by: Alex Robson at October 1, 2003 at 07:06 PM

Who is this person? I've never heard of her.

She sounds remarkably like the female version of 'the affected British ass'. (for Americans, that's 'ass' as in 'donkey').

Posted by: dee at October 1, 2003 at 08:18 PM

Seriously. Who?

Posted by: Tony.T at October 1, 2003 at 09:03 PM

Me too. I didn't know who she was either. I only kept reading to find out what TV show she's on. OK, so she's on ER. I was suprised to read that because I thought they cancelled it a few years ago.

Posted by: Charles at October 1, 2003 at 09:19 PM

---"but the snow and the slush made us feel like Celts."---

Anyone want to touch this brilliant comment from an Englishperson. Ok, she didn't say "Paddy" outright, so maybe she is truley culturally sensitive after all. I wonder if she's ever said "that there is so much cotton on the ER set, that it made her feel like an African". Or maybe, "There are so many cameras on the set, it's like a Japanese tour group passed by."

Posted by: Charles at October 1, 2003 at 09:39 PM

One can't really call her a w*nker (for obvious anatomical reasons), but she sure is a bush-basher in both senses of the word.

Posted by: Former Belgian at October 1, 2003 at 09:44 PM

We should all be free to criticise Bush without being called Arab-lovers.

We should all be able to criticise Israel without being called anti-Semites.

By the way, maybe is the US and Israel obeyed International Law, all this killing would end. Just a thought from a humble person.

Posted by: Andjam at October 1, 2003 at 10:12 PM

... oh and speaking of which, Andjam, we should be able to criticise idiots such as this woman, without people crying "SUPRESSION!!!"

Posted by: Random_Prose at October 1, 2003 at 11:03 PM

"In addition, she is livid about the McCarthyite witch-hunting of anyone who dares voice criticisms of the US President."

I think she is being culturally insensitive to critisize the traditional american past-time of nightly witchhunts. Just last night we caught us a couple of devil-spawn haridans. Burnt 'em good, we did.

Posted by: LB at October 1, 2003 at 11:10 PM

Andjam is correct, if the US and Israel would just obey international law, whatever that is, the killing would end. Because, everybody all-together now, Israel would cease to exsist.

Posted by: Imam Psycho Muhammed at October 1, 2003 at 11:12 PM

Anyone else see the irony in Kingston praising the journalistic integrity of the Independent in a piece full of untruths that the journalist failed to correct, or presumably even check in the first place?

Posted by: Jackie D at October 1, 2003 at 11:17 PM

Someone is imitating me again.

I've got so many body doubles, it's true, no kidding.

Posted by: Andjam at October 1, 2003 at 11:39 PM

In addition, she is livid about the McCarthyite witch-hunting of anyone who dares voice criticisms of the US President. "It frustrates me," Kingston asserts. "And it's not just because I'm European - thousands of Americans share the same frustrations. A comic called Bill Maher hosted an irreverent current-affairs talkshow called Politically Incorrect, where celebs would come on and discuss topical subjects. In one edition, he wanted to provoke a debate, so he said that while the terrorists who had hijacked the planes on September 11 were many things, they weren't cowards. His show was instantly axed, and Maher lost his livelihood. Isn't he allowed to make an inflammatory statement in order to get a reaction?"

Is she horrified at the forced labor and gas showers of the concentration camps built to hold McCarthy's victims? Is she fearful that Ashcroft's Free Speech Brigades (TM) will hunt her down like the dog she is if she dares set foot on American soil again? Will she grow a pair (figuratively speaking, of course) and lambast a country where, say, adulterers are stoned, tongues are removed for a stray critical remark, and homosexuals are executed (and I don't mean Texas)? And will she do so while in that country? Will she demonstrate the courage of her convictions and repeat her remarks while on American soil or will she be satisfied with Dixie-Chicking it? So many questions and so little motivation to get the answers.

Posted by: Tongue Boy at October 2, 2003 at 12:11 AM

Well, Bill Maher wanted to get a reaction, he got one. People stopped watching him in droves. I guess she's saying that we're not allowed to vote with our remote.

Posted by: rabidfox at October 2, 2003 at 12:18 AM

Geez, only someone on the Left can speak for six hours and then afterwards complain about how their speech has been suppressed.

Suppressed? My gawd, we can't get them to shut up.

BTW, no student/child in America is forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The Supreme Court ruled sixty (! - that's 6 and a 0, 60) years ago that that students cannot be coerced or ordered to stand and recite the Pledge. They have every right to sit during the ceremony.



Posted by: SteveMG at October 2, 2003 at 01:05 AM

Yeah I think GWB is really cool and I believe everything he says.

Posted by: duni at October 2, 2003 at 01:07 AM

Not only are we free to criticize Bush, but we may possibly impeach him and imprison his staff if this current scandal pans out. Clearly the US is a totalitarian country with no freedom of thought.

Posted by: jeff at October 2, 2003 at 01:09 AM

I think she's that chick on ER.

Posted by: Andrew at October 2, 2003 at 01:18 AM

The Brit chick on ER. Kind of hot.

Posted by: LB at October 2, 2003 at 02:35 AM

She should name names. Who are the media people that have been silenced from telling 'the truth'?
We must help these poor people. But, we need to know some specifics. Like, who are they?

We also need to know what they were silenced about. What 'truths' were so horrible they were unable to tell them? How did it happen? Through their editors? Or, are they being watched by the 'men in black' 24/7? Phones tapped? Computer hacked?

Sheesh! Do people like her think we're really that stupid? If there were the least amount of censorship coming from the government, it would be blasted all over the front page of every newspaper.

Posted by: Chris josephson at October 2, 2003 at 03:32 AM

So George Bush cancelled "Politically Incorrect"? Who knew.

I would also like to hear more about all this suppression and witch-hunting, because it seems to me that you can't even fekkin wake up in the morning without being promptly assaulted by the opinions of surgically enhanced egomaniacs who make $1 million a week to stand around propping up dialogue and plotlines that would embarrass a high school creative writing class. If there's someone who's suppressing these people, they're not doing a very good job.

Posted by: AR at October 2, 2003 at 04:57 AM

If all criticism is being so ruthlessly repressed, how does Alex Kingston know about it? We must get a new set of criticism-repressors, our old ones just aren't doing a good job!

Posted by: timks at October 2, 2003 at 05:22 AM

WTF is an "Alex Kingston"?

Posted by: Ken Summers at October 2, 2003 at 06:29 AM

Oh, and BTW, people weren't angry at Bill Maher for saying the terrorists weren't cowards. They were angry because he called the US military cowards. But then, refusing to give money to idiots is now called "McCarthyism".

Posted by: Ken Summers at October 2, 2003 at 06:31 AM

Thus spake Ms. Kingston upon the topic of her new film, "Boudica": "Given what's happening in the world at the moment, you could easily liken the Romans to the Americans..."

Which is a good thing. If I recall correctly, the Romans kicked Boudica's ass.

Posted by: Mrs. Raven at October 2, 2003 at 06:45 AM

I think I speak for most Americans when I say, "Who is Alex Kingston again? Doesn't he play left wing for the Buffalo Sabres?"

Maher's new show is even better. Watch now before Bush/Ascroft/VRWC closes that one down, too.

Posted by: Rob at October 2, 2003 at 06:52 AM

Maher's show was "instantly axed"? I know ten months isn't exactly a lifetime, but it's certainly not an "instant".

His show was axed because viewers lost interest in hearing what people like that chick from the Mamas and the Papas had to say about foreign policy.

Posted by: Emily at October 2, 2003 at 07:03 AM

His show was instantly axed, and Maher lost his livelihood.

So I'm guessing that "instantly" is some sort of British colloquialism meaning "in nine months"? Kinda like how "losing one's livelihood" means "Getting a special and a new series on HBO"?

Posted by: Brendan at October 2, 2003 at 07:10 AM

"I know ten months isn't exactly a lifetime, but it's certainly not an "instant"."

Ashcroft's minions work slowly...but they get the job done. Example: Dixie Chix have now had switch to being a flatulant rock band.

Posted by: LB at October 2, 2003 at 08:18 AM


do they fart on stage?

Posted by: Skinny Hippo at October 2, 2003 at 09:14 AM

You lucky Aussies, Yanks etc won't have seen Boudica (not yet!), a craptacular message-fest so heavy it's just a surprise that it wasn't filmed in modern-dress & set in Hitler's Germany with the Celts forced to wear yellow stars.

Oh, and is The Indy going to profile every new reader it gains in this way? Not that it couldn't be done, mind you ;)

Posted by: oiskin at October 2, 2003 at 09:32 AM

Just put her up there with Cybill Shepherd, Barbra Streisand, Sheen, Spielberg and all the other people earning more in a year than most people would in a lifetime for merely indulging in make-believe (like all their political posturing!)
As others have said, they wallow in this faux hand-wringing, and yet still live in the country whose every principle they hate.
We have them in Australia too, and they claim to be the voice of reason.
They forgot the 'T' on the front!

Posted by: Helen at October 2, 2003 at 11:30 AM

If the movie is about the Warrior woman, I thought her name was Boudacia or Boudaccia. Not "Boo-dicka".

Posted by: kae at October 2, 2003 at 01:14 PM

or Boadaceia

Posted by: kae at October 2, 2003 at 02:21 PM

Listen to me people!

I'm serious! They're everywhere, watching, waiting, ready to shut you down in a moment! We must hurry if we are to

Posted by: Alex Kingston at October 2, 2003 at 02:37 PM

do they fart on stage?

It would be more musical.

And people, stop asking who bush-bashing (who wants to bash her bush?) Alex Kingston. Open a browser window and go to imdb.com




Posted by: cheshirecat at October 2, 2003 at 04:53 PM

I'm really starting to dislike Europeans.

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