I have found myself with a whole new respect for Joaquin Phoenix. It is no secret that the past few years he has exhibited some strange behavior, disappearing from the public eye, and claiming to be retired from acting. He recently starred in ‘The Master’ opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman, delivering an Oscar worthy performance as a down and out drifter who becomes a stowaway on a boat captained by Hoffman who is starting his own new ‘religion’ of sorts. Phoenix recently told The Interview when asked about campaigning for an academy award, “I think its bullshit, I don’t want to be a part of it. I don’t believe in it. It’s a carrot, but it’s the worst-tasting carrot I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. I don’t want this carrot. It’s totally subjective. Pitting people against each other … It’s the stupidest thing in the whole world.” I applaud his attitude about these over rated awards shows. These are simply another excuse for the rich and famous to self-indulge and spend $50,000 bucks on an outfit to make everyone who isn’t them, drool. If it weren’t for us consumers, these ‘celebs’ would be flipping burgers at Wendy’s, yet this type of public spectacle is designed to rub our noses in the fact that they are rich, while the rest of us are suffering. I am happy to see Joaquin speak out, I hope other celebs will follow suit.