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 )