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Appeal by Pretty Woman star perplexes Palestinians (Richard Gere)
Reuters ^ | 1/05/05

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 5 (Reuters) - He's been a prostitute's rich beau, an officer, a gentleman and a gigolo, but Palestinians can't fathom Richard Gere's latest incarnation as a cheerleader for their elections this weekend.
Well known for his vocal support of Tibet's Dalai Lama and celebrated for his captivating good looks, Gere urged Palestinians in a television commercial broadcast ahead of Sunday's poll in the West Bank and Gaza to get out to vote for a new president to succeed Yasser Arafat, who died in November.

"Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. We're with you during this election time. It's really important. Get out and vote," Gere said in the advertisement. He repeated the final phrase in Arabic.

But many voters, already struggling with the labyrinthine politics of the West Bank and Gaza, say they have never heard of the actor who swept Debra Winger off her feet as a dashing Navy officer in the 1982 film "An Officer and a Gentleman" and were even less interested when they were told he's an American.

"I don't even know who the candidates are other than Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), let alone this Gere," Gaza soap factory worker Manar an-Najar told Reuters.

"We don't need the Americans' intervention. We know who to elect. Not like them -- they elected a moron."

Arafat's death has stirred international hopes of ending more than four years of Middle East violence. Moderate Fatah faction candidate Mahmoud Abbas is the front-runner to succeed him in the first Palestinian election since 1996.

The Gere spot, sponsored by grassroots Israeli-Palestinian peace lobby One Voice, recalled ads put out by Hollywood notables to support Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry in November's U.S. elections. He lost to President George W. Bush.

The actor's Los Angeles-based spokesman, Alan Nierob, said Gere has visited the Middle East several times during the past year "just educating himself" about the region.

He said the 15-second public service announcement was taped in New York in recent months on behalf of One Voice after the non-profit group asked Gere to do the spot.

Gere, 55, said in a statement that while he is not "officially associated" with One Voice, he felt that "this is a truly historic moment for the Palestinians as well as for the entire region, with the possibility for a real vision of peace and security for all people."

Gere, star of "American Gigolo" and "Pretty Woman," was last seen in theaters with Jennifer Lopez in the film "Shall We Dance." He is due to appear with actress Juliette Binoche in the upcoming family drama "Bee Season." (Additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles)
 

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How dare Gere do what he can to encourage Palestinian participation in democratic process?

Shouldn't he be trashing America instead?

[PS Generally not a big Richard Gere fan, his flicks tend to be stinkers. But he was great in "Chicago"!]
 

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I don't really see anything wrong it what he did. That said, I can't think of why he would do it. Like a Palastinian really could be incouraged by his words.
 

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Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world.


Who the hell died and made him the spokesperson for the entire world??????
 

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DorGunR said:
Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world.


Who the hell died and made him the spokesperson for the entire world??????
Custer.
 

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DorGunR said:
Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world.


Who the hell died and made him the spokesperson for the entire world??????
Exactly what I was thinking DorGunR. I must have been asleep the day we voted.
 

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More crap from Cali is all I can say...........Why do people give movies stars instant credibility...........
 

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The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.



Palestinians? rise up against Richard Gere
Jewish World Review ^ | 1/6/05 | Andy Borowitz

Angry mob smashes Pretty Woman DVDs

One day after actor Richard Gere released a television commercial in which he ordered the Palestinian people to go out and vote, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip staged a violent uprising against the Hollywood star.

Mr. Gere's commercial, in which he said, "Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world," infuriated Palestinian militants, who were seen smashing "Pretty Woman" DVDs and shouting anti-Gere slogans throughout Gaza today.

While Mr. Gere's high-handed command may not succeed in motivating Palestinians to go to the polls, it could ultimately foster peace in the Middle East, since many Palestinians now hate Richard Gere more than they hate Israel.

"For years, I thought that Ariel Sharon was the enemy," said Abed Zobaidi, 29. "Now I realize that the real enemy is that 'American Gigolo' bastard."
 
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