The Gray List

He  was  very  lonely  and  extremely  depressed  about  his  struggling  career.

JONATHAN   BRANDIS   :   1976   –   2003

“Author  and  activist  David  Horowitz  recognizes  the  syndrome  well.  He  founded  the  Center  for  the  Study  of  Popular  Culture  and  the  Wednesday  Morning  Club.  The  club  is  one  of  the  few  places  in  Hollywood  where  conservative  ideas  can  actually  be  uttered  out  loud.  The  club’s  purpose  is  to  support  diversity  of  thought  and  expression  within  the  entertainment  community.

Horowitz  says  that  the  anti-conservative  mood  in  Hollywood  is  real.  He  uses  the  term  GRAY  LIST  to  describe  its  effect  on  showbiz  careers.  He  says  that  to  anyone  involved  within  the  entertainment  business,  the  hatred  of  conservatives  is  obvious.  And  those  in  the  industry  who  are  sympathetic  to  conservative  or  Republican  goals  are  terrified.

Horowitz  sees  GRAYLISTING  as  being  caused  by  many  factors,  not  the  least  of  which  is  the  predominance  of  communist  and  socialist  professors  in  the  big-name  film  schools.  He  says:  ‘No  one  wants  to  admit  that  there’s  a  GRAY  LIST.  But  there  is.’

Horowitz  lays  it  all  on  the  bottom  line  when  he  describes  the  Hollywood  scene  as  a  marketplace  where  there  are  buyers  and  sellers.  The  buyers  are  the  producers.  They  need  the  big  names.  The  big  names  are  leftists.

Struggling  actors  and  actresses  know  that  the  same  individuals  who  discharge  leftist  dogma  in  public  are  oftentimes  the  most  famous  names  in  the  entertainment  business.  These  are  the  kinds  of  people  ambitious  actors  and  actresses  want  to  become.  According  to  Horowitz,  with  the  power  of  all  those  big  names  that  are  out  there,  no  one  has  to  tell  you  to  keep  your  mouth  shut.”

( “TALES  FROM  THE  LEFT  COAST:  True  Stories  Of  Hollywood  Stars  And  Their  Outrageous  Politics”  by  James  Hirsen,  Crown  Forum:  2003,  pp.  160  –  161 )

“Lionel  Chetwynd  and  I  did  not  aim  to  change  the  Hollywood  culture.  We  have  only  tried  to  end  the  McCarthy-like  treatment  of  people  in  Hollywood  who  do  not  subscribe  to  the  line  of  the  Liberal  Left.  The  Wednesday  Morning  Club  was  set  up  not  to  carry  out  a  political  agenda  but  to  normalize  Republicans  in  Hollywood.

Republicans  are  treated  like  communists  during  the  Cold  War.  Republicans  are  seen  by  the  Left  as  being  indecent  and  lacking  in  compassion.  The  atmosphere  in  Hollywood  is  as  bad  as  it  was  during  the  McCarthy  period.  True,  there  are  no  congressional  committees  ( pursuing  conservatives )  and  no  blacklist  maintained  by  the  studios.  But  a  lot  of  people  lose  jobs  daily  in  this  town  because  of  their  conservative  beliefs.

Nobody  can  show  you  the  proof  of  that  for  the  obvious  reason  that  no  one  wants  to  lose  more  work.  The  power  in  Hollywood  is  all  on  the  Liberal  Left.  There  is  a  GRAY  LIST.

If  there  were  a  Susan  Sarandon  or  Alec  Baldwin  of  the  Right,  the  Left  would  severely  punish  that  person.”

( David  Horowitz  in  “Looking  For  Mr.  Right”  by  David  Corn,  The  Nation:  April  5,  1999 )

Personally  and  professionally,  the  creative  left  rejects  rightwingers  with  small-minded  savagery.  There  may  not  be  a  BLACKLIST  in  Hollywood,  but  there  is  a  GRAY  LIST  that  makes  it  far  more  difficult  for  conservatives  to  get  hired  and  instigate  projects.”

( “Why  Are  We  Whispering ?”  by  Andrew  Klavan,  washingtonpost.com:  August  9,  2008 )

There  are  lots  of  Hollywood  conservatives  who  hide  their  politics.  It’s  a  liberal  town.  There  are  going  to  be  more  liberal  people  because  liberalism  is  more  of  an  emotion  than  a  philosophy.  And  artists  tend  to  be  emotional.  That’s  part  of  the  deal.  But  there  are  plenty  of  conservatives  and  a  lot  of  them  know  that  it  will  cost  them  work.”

( “He’s  So  Klavan :  The  Right  Side  Of  Hollywood”  by  Mark  Hemingway,  national  review.com:  July  31,  2008 )

“The  prejudiced  argument,  that  all  rightwing  Hollywood  people  are  not  good  enough  and  are  simply  third-rate  mediocre  artists  whom  the  public  doesn’t  want  to  see,  is  one  used  by  individuals  who  seek  to  exclude  the  opposition.  I  get  this  in  letters  all  the  time:  ‘Conservatives  have  no  talent!’  But  how  often  have  we  heard  this  same  argument  made  by  those  on  the  inside  wanting  to  keep  others  out?

They  used  to  say  that  blacks  could  not  be  football  coaches  or  baseball  managers:  ‘We’re  not  excluding  blacks.  They’re  just  not  smart  enough  to  manage  a  sports  team.’  We  used  to  hear  that  women  could  not  run  businesses  or  whatever:  ‘It’s  not  that  we  wouldn’t  hire  a  woman.  Women  just  don’t  have  the  brains  for  business.’  They  just  didn’t  have  what  it  took.

And  now  in  Hollywood,  they  say  that  conservative  principles  magically  strip  you  of  your  artistic  talents.  We  see  conservatives  repeatedly  discouraged  and  excluded.  Then  people  wonder  why  all  the  big  showbiz  names  are  liberal.  It’s  just  not  a  good  argument.  And  never  was.

( Andrew  Klavan,  washington  post.com )

“There  are  a  million  pro-American,  pro-God,  pro-family,  pro-liberty  stories  waiting  to  be  told.  And  plenty  of  good  writers  and  directors  to  tell  them.  But  there’s  a  disturbing  kind  of  culture  in  Hollywood  where  if  you’re  a  leftwinger,  you  can  talk  very  openly  and  make  anti-American,  anti-military  or  anti-religious  remakes.  Whereas  if  you’re  a  conservative,  especially  religious,  you  have  to  meet  in  secret  and  talk  in  whispers.  Hollywood  rightists  are  reduced  to  holding  secret  gatherings  to  confess  their  political  beliefs  in  sympathetic  company.

The  door  is  shut.  The  fix  is  in.  And  the  BLACKLIST,  or  at  least,  a  GRAY  LIST,  is  alive  and  well.

( “5  Myths  About  Those  Tinseltown  Liberals”  by  Andrew  Klavan,  washingtonpost.com:  October  12,  2008 )

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