Eddie McClintock of 'Warehouse 13' Cheers for America
On Tuesday, July 6, Syfy's hit "Warehouse 13" returns for a second season. I'm going to be doing a story for Zap2it.com (and here it is) to coincide with that, but to mark the Fourth of July, I thought I'd share with my loyal Cuppers some thoughts from star Eddie McClintock on one of his June 23 Facebook posts.
No, not the post where he wrote, "5.5 earthquake on the set of 'Warehouse 13'! I think I may have pooped a little."
I mean the other June 23rd one, when Team America still was in the running in the soccer World Cup, and he wrote, "USA SOCCER TEAM reminds me that there is still some NATIONAL bite in this old dog! (IT'S O.K. TO BE PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY!)"
Asked whether he thought it was too bad that someone has to defend cheering for the U.S.A., McClintock says, "Yeah, things have certainly changed in that regard. If you chant, 'U.S.A! U.S.A!', you're a fascist. It's like, 'No, man, I'm proud of my country. It's OK.'
"There's just so much bombardment from these other voices ... and I'm not going to go and say it's left or right or whatever. I don't claim to be one or the other, but I do believe it's OK for us to have some pride.
"Look, when you get up in the morning, you make your bed. Why do you do that? Because you have pride for who you are and what you represent. To me, cheering for your country and having pride in your country is the same thing. It really doesn't mean anything more than that.
"You're not being racist or fascist or whatever -- you're just having pride in where you're from."
After all, few if any Americans would think less of folks from other countries if they're cheering for their respective nations.
"I don't know," McClintock says. "I only know what I hear, 'Oh, God, U.S.A, U.S.A., what's wrong with you?' 'What do you mean, what's wrong with me? What are you talking about? Go take your Birkenstocks and ease on down the road.'"
McClintock is not really a longtime soccer fan, but that doesn't matter to him.
"I said on my Facebook the other day, 'If it has U.S.A. in it, I'll root for it.' If it's USA Team anything, I'll root for them, because I wish that the nation would have a little bit more pride than it has.
"Not to get too political or whatever but we're caught in this war in Afghanistan, it's now become the longest war in the history of the country. We've got oil spilling out all over our animals in the Gulf, and Al-Qaeda wants to blow us up.
"We need something positive. If the U.S. soccer team is that little something positive, than so be it."
Oh, and as for "Warehouse 13," he says, "It's bigger, better, faster, funnier."