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Dustin Hoffman Goes Viral

July 9, 2013 6:23 PM
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You've got to hand it to Dustin Hoffman, a brilliant actor and war horse who has been in our lives since The Graduate in the late 1960s.

Hoffman went viral when he said during a videotaped interview that he had never treated unattractive women fairly before he made Tootsie, a huge hit movie in 1982, in which Hoffman appeared as both a male and female. To read more: http://www.today.com/entertainment/dustin-hoffmans-tearful-tootsie-interview-about-women-goes-viral-...

Hoffman says further that he never considered Tootsie, a very funny and popular movie that has endured, to be a comedy.

He sounds gravely serious as he lambastes himself -- and by extension, all men -- for always being so blinded by natural beauty, instead of enraptured by witty conversation.

The interview concludes with Hoffman tearing up as he confesses his shallow behavior.

What the incident underscores is the sheer power of the social media to set an agenda in the public's thinking. Hoffman was no doubt speaking sincerely but, yes, he will likely benefit from the fact that this video has been all the rage on Facebook and Twitter, which now call the shots in deciding what is important and what we should think about news developments.

Dustin Hoffman: Benjamin Braddock, Ratso Rizzo, Carl Bernstein, Ted Kramer, Raymond Babbitt -- and the now an Internet hero, too.


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