Charlton Heston, rest in peace
UPDATE: great tribe at the Belmont Club:
"Not very many people will remember that Charlton Heston picketed a segregated theater premiering his own movie; or that he accompanied Martin Luther King Jr on the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington. All at a time when no one in Hollywood was willing to speak out against racism. It's more likely that he'll be remembered as the six foot three inch tall actor, who played Moses and Ben Hur, and later became the president and spokesman for the National Rifle Association advocating the right to keep and bear arms; or recall that he opposed affirmative action. But Heston the marcher and Heston the NRA president come closer together if one recalls that in the actor's mind at least, racial segregation helped the cause of Communism. The fight for freedom took many forms, but underneath its varied guises it was always the same thing."
UPDATE: Newsbusters has an interesting rundown of how the media treated him during his life, after becoming NRA president. Suddenly he became a "polarizing" person. ("Polarizing" being someone who takes a stand the author doesn't like. If the author likes it, it becomes "leadership" or "frankness".).