Reverse Blacklisting

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 )

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