THE ARCOLYTES have reported that Political Sabotage is once again sadly taking place at various key conservative discussion boards, forums and websites in the past few months.
As a necessary precaution and a personal favor to them, this space is reserved for their vital task of helping to preserve more data or information concerning The New Blacklist versus Hollywood Republicans.
RON SILVER ( actor, 1946 – 2009 ) :
“I am liberal politically on a lot of social issues but I’m also very serious about fully supporting George W. Bush’s anti-terrorism policy. After I made my speech in favor of President Bush at the Republican Convention in Manhattan during 2004, Hollywood and Broadway virtually dried up for me. The phone suddenly stopped ringing. Nada. Not a single acting job.
Now I would not call it a FORMAL BLACKLIST in any way, shape or form because I don’t think a vast left-wing conspiracy is really behind it. Most people are very economical with the truth out here so its hard to determine cause and effect.
However, if you want to use the term BLACKLIST loosely, then I can definitely say that it did happen to me but on a more individualized basis. There have been occasions when certain people said about me: ‘I don’t want to work with that S.O.B.!’ They are so blinded by their rage against a Republican administration and against the person of a Republican president. It is undifferentiated, unremitting, hysterical, vicious and intellectually dishonest. It becomes a social unwillingness that precludes any kind of civil conversation which one may have about the substance of any topic or issue.
So is there an INDUSTRY BLACKLIST? The short answer is ‘NOT OFFICIALLY’.
Nevertheless, it has affected me very badly. I cannot point to a specific person or job that I’ve lost but this community is not very pluralistic. I have not worked in at least 10 months. Socially, I also don’t go to good parties anymore and spend more time with my own family nowadays.”
ROBERT DAVI ( actor ) :
“Hollywood is indeed a very liberal community for the most part. But the polarized discord has grown so much that a lot of guys who happen to be conservative are really FRIGHTENED and FEARFUL of coming out. I have been a little more outspoken than most but the common fear among many of us is that one will get marginalized as a result. If you’re a conservative in Hollywood, they are going to HURT you.”
MORGAN BRITTANY ( actress ) :
“I once co-starred with ED ASNER in a stage play. It was during the 2000 Florida recount that put George W. Bush in the White House over Al Gore. At the start, Ed just loved me and gave me a big hug every night. Then one day, he was going CRAZY backstage about Bush stealing the election from Gore. I gently told him: ‘Ed, chill. Not everybody thinks the way you do.’ He turned to me and asked: ‘You’re not a Republican, are you?’ I answered: ‘Yes.’ And then he said: ‘I can’t even look at you. I can’t even talk to you.’ It was like a light switch. From that moment on, he never spoke to me again except on stage. I actually lost ED ASNER’s friendship due to politics. This is what we are dealing with. THE INTOLERANCE OF THE LEFT.“
ROB SCHNEIDER ( comedian ) :
“Democracies don’t end well. We are sliding very fast towards FASCISM. It’s an UGLY kind of thing. There’s this MOB MENTALITY that we have to be careful of. There’s a POLARIZATION that is happening. I do think you can look at government and go, ‘Wow, it is out of control now.’ And if you do criticize or tend to be NOT directly along a LIBERAL stand, you can get MURDERED.”
DREW CAREY ( comedian and television game show host ) :
“For a while there, I think people thought I was a big Conservative. And I think that it actually did hurt me. I honestly think that it automatically hurt me when I said that I supported the war in Iraq and our troops. That automatically killed my chances for getting a bunch of movies and TV shows. People within the industry didn’t want to hear from me. I always felt like an outsider looking in. But being a Libertarian is cool. In Hollywood, you can pretty much get away with being a Libertarian. But if you’re a Conservative in Hollywood, you’re kind of DOOMED.”
TOM SELLECK ( actor ) :
“For all of our artistic inclinations, Hollywood has never been a very tolerant place.
I don’t feel persecuted but I do feel frustrated. What disturbs me and I think disturbs a lot of Americans is their whole idea of politics which seems to be: ‘If you disagree with us, you must be evil.’
If you fit outside the narrow parameters of Political Correctness, they will question your compassion. That’s why a lot of ( politically conservative ) people around here don’t speak up.”
KEVIN SORBO ( actor ) :
“I am a Libertarian. I’m one of the true independent voices in Hollywood. And yet, the mere fact that I’m an independent politically is enough to make me lose some jobs in Hollywood. I have been BLACKLISTED by those who simply disagree with my politics.
Hollywood Liberals preach tolerance but they are The Most Intolerant People I know. Hollywood screams tolerance but they’re The Least Tolerant People you’ll ever meet in your life.
The HYPOCRISY just reeks in this town. Why can’t we all have a point of view? You are not allowed to disagree with Liberal Hollywood.”
PATRICIA HEATON ( actress ) :
“I found out early in my showbiz career that Hollywood Democrats like to claim that they’re all inclusive but in reality they are NOT at all inclusive of my opinions or those of any other political conservatives.
I once wore a Republican Party button around town. Literally, various people would stop, look at the button, give me dirty looks, and say the nastiest things directly to my face. I was lucky that they also didn’t spit on me and the ground where I stood.
It’s too bad that we have to work in an industry and live in a country where people like myself are made to feel ashamed about voting for one party or the other.
I know for a fact there are some people who have said that they wouldn’t want to work with me simply due to my politics. I’m still very much afraid of losing work because of it.”
KELSEY GRAMMER ( actor ) :
“When you are a Republican in Hollywood, you do feel a bit lonely and isolated. I wish Hollywood was a two-party town but it’s really not. Conservatives are outnumbered here and get BULLIED by liberal co-workers into keeping their political opinions to themselves.
I know of a makeup trailer that sported a sign warning Republicans to keep out. U.S. war veterans working in showbiz often keep their backgrounds a secret because they hear leftwing co-workers belittle the military. Earlier in my career, a prominent sitcom director demanded that I donate money to Barbara Boxer’s senate campaign. Fearful of losing my job, I gave $ 10,000 to the Democrats.
My ADVICE to less established industry players and other young talents starting out in this business: SHUT UP ABOUT POLITICS, unless you think ‘the way you are supposed to’. And that means liberal.
Never forget that leftwing INTOLERANCE runs pretty rampant out here in California.“