Ben Stein: “The people who have been laid off and cannot find work are generally people with poor work habits and poor personalities.”
Jesus Christ. Seriously, Ben? Does anyone need more proof that some of these sons of bitches are so entrenched in their ivory towers that they have zero ability to connect with actual flesh and blood human beings? To bastards like Ben Stein the average person is an abstract concept. Real human existence is beyond their comprehension, and dismissing a massive chunk of the population with one casual swipe of an entitled hand is no more difficult than firing a pool cleaner.
I’m very close to abandoning all public discussion of politics, but this level of insensitivity was too much for me to ignore. Fuck, you, Ben Stein. All of your notoriety stems from your ability to channel a lack of personality in one fondly remembered slice of 80s nostalgia. Your background as an economist impresses no one, and when you’re sitting in the Screen Actors Retirement Village, the staff will only accommodate your desire for a second prune danish if you agree to cut through your dementia long enough to mutter “Bueller? Bueller?”
That’s your legacy. One line in one movie. And it’s afforded you enough attention to allow you to parade your ignorance and insensitivity in front of every bored American clicking through AOL’s “news” items on a humid Tuesday evening.