Thursday, February 12, 2009

"Hollywood has both idols and worshippers"

"Like most religions and cults, Hollywood has both idols and worshippers, and a hierarchy not unlike that of a church.

Its leaders do not have glorious titles such as Archbishop or Grand Lama, settling instead on being executives, producers, and directors.

Even so, the lack of high-sounding titles and fancy dress do not hamper them from being rulers—sometimes absolute rulers—of their world.

Like a church, Hollywood has active and passive members; some people make the rules, and others comply with them.

There are the acolytes and the priests of the cult, and the multitude of worshippers."

--Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

From the essay "Hollwood" in Simple Words by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz