He was very lonely and extremely depressed about his struggling career.
“With so many outspoken liberals in Tinseltown, it turns out that conservatives can often get the cold shoulder. In my first book ( ‘Tales From The Left Coast’ ), I coined the term REVERSE BLACKLISTING and even included a whole chapter on this concept. Simply put, those in Hollywood with conservative leanings are hesitant to express their ideas publicly because if they do, it can be detrimental to their careers.
Now, if you go out looking for a BLACKLIST dispatch, chances are you’re not going to find one. And it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing SAG hearings held on the subject anytime soon. But I know from my research and firsthand experience – and the tons of personal communications I’ve had with those who have truly suffered, are afraid they may suffer, or have suffered mistakenly – that REVERSE BLACKLISTING is very real and potentially devastating.
That industry folks would contact me over the years with the proviso that I keep their names private is understandable, given the way Republicans, Libertarians, patriots and people of traditional faith are treated by the Hollywood establishment. The discovery that a person has such tendencies can quickly land him or her on the Tinseltown rebuff list. There are, of course, several members of the Hollywood community who are outspoken about their ( right-of-center ) beliefs and quite frankly don’t give a rip but they’re usually the ones who have already achieved the level of success that affords them the luxury of thumbing their noses.”
( “HOLLYWOOD NATION: Left Coast Lies, Old Media Spin And The New Media Revolution” by James Hirsen, Crown Forum: 2005, pp. 150 – 151 )
“It seems curious to me that such a ‘Liberal’ town as Hollywood can be so unwelcoming to those who are different. I just find it very strange that there is this weird new definition of ‘Tolerance’ in Hollywood: We are only tolerant to those who agree with us. Which, of course, is not tolerance at all. I recently published a list of ‘Conservative Hollywood Heroes’. But in sad reality, for every Conservative star willing to admit his or her political affiliation, there are many more who prefer the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ approach. I have had people, who are famous, even call me up and kind of use the term ‘Closet Conservative’. They’re the ones who lean right in Tinseltown but are hesitant to ‘come out’ for fear of losing work.”
( James Hirsen of the news site NewsMax.com, “Is The Tide Changing In Tinseltown?”, documentary news report contributed by John Gibson, Bill McCuddy, Joel Parks and Jason Kopp, FOXNews.com: February 21, 2005 )
KEY EXCERPTS from James Hirsen’s book “TALES FROM THE LEFT COAST: True Stories Of Hollywood Stars And Their Outrageous Politics”, Crown Forum, New York: 2003
“There’s a kind of caste system that’s in place in Hollywood. It’s similar to the type that we’ve seen over the course of history where people are divided into classes based on wealth or religion or heredity, that sort of thing. In a system like this, somebody’s going to be stuck at the bottom rung of the social ladder. And the unfortunate souls in this position have traditionally been called, among other things, the ‘untouchables’.
In the Hollywood version of the caste system, the untouchables are those individuals who hold ideas that are alien to the Left. Such type of independent thinking is considered to be impure or even filthy in Tinseltown.
Now you would expect that the ‘accepting liberals’ would gladly put up with someone who happens to have a different belief system than they do. Not so, in Hollywood. Those who reject the approved roster of thinking are treated like pariahs, as if they have some sort of contagious disease.
Of course, being labeled in this manner can be very hazardous to a music, TV, or film career. It’s the mark of the political beast, which means the person is a REPUBLICAN! ( Note: The labels of “conservative” and “Christian” in Hollywood are equally despicable ones and can be used interchangeably with Republican. )”
( Chapter 6: REVERSE BLACKLISTING, pp. 149 – 150 )
“In The Left Coast Report feedback I’ve gotten, I found that there are more people with conservative beliefs in Hollywood than one would think, and they’re working in various places in the industry. I’ve been personally contacted by producers, directors, actors, musicians, and other creative types that run the gamut from staff technicians to well-known celebrities. And they’ve all verified one thing for me – when it comes to political viewpoints, the oppressive atmosphere that you hear about in Hollywood is definitely real.
Here are some of the things people have told me:
At one Hollywood function, I was approached by a female who’s a well-known figure with a legendary name in the entertainment business. She looked around and then whispered to me, ‘I agree with you. I’m a conservative. Please don’t tell anyone.’
A veteran film producer called me one day regarding a story in my column. He told me in confidence that the studio powers that be had forced him to change the story line in a script in order to accommodate a liberal political agenda. He felt that his film lost both artistic content and integrity from the experience.
A reliable entertainment reporter told me the story of a powerful film company that pressured every executive who worked for it into contributing to select liberal Democrat candidates and causes. It even had a list of quotas for mandatory contributions.
A young, up-and-coming film star with an impressive track record of roles frankly told me, ‘You cannot be pro-Republican or conservative if you want to work in this business.’
Another prominent actor, who once served as a presenter at an awards show, was given a hard time by the wardrobe and costume personnel who asked him repeatedly why he wasn’t wearing a ribbon.
Another famous star, who went from doing prominent TV roles to working behind the camera, refused to go on a local conservative radio talk show because he didn’t want ‘to piss anybody off”, meaning that he was afraid that publicly revealing his true political beliefs might damage his career.”
( Chapter 6: REVERSE BLACKLISTING, pp. 163 – 165 )