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Puritans in Hollywood

R-rated smoking, X-rated trans-fats.

May 21, 2007, Vol. 12, No. 34 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
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There's hypocrisy in this new moralism, needless to say, just as there was in the old. Movie stars who complain about global warming will once in a while be caught driving their Hummer up the Pacific Coast Highway, just as preachers, back in the olden days, were occasionally found in the choir loft with the church organist. But in the new morality, as in the old, hypocrisy is merely the tribute that vice is paying to virtue. The encouraging thing is that people like Hollywood producers and even Mayor Bloomberg can still get huffy about something--even if it's something as trivial (and wonderful) as smoking. It's a start, isn't it? They can begin with smoking and SUVs and junk food, and pretty soon maybe they can work their way up to things that really matter.

Andrew Ferguson is a senior editor at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.