“I’ve been a Conservative since age three, I think. I was never afraid to speak my mind. But I do remember times on a set when I would hear my Liberal friends talking and I did not speak out. I stepped back and did not comment. Because there is a stigma ( in Hollywood ) that if you talk ( as a Conservative or Republican ), you don’t work.“
( SCOTT BAIO as a featured guest speaker at The Hollywood Congress Of Republicans Monthly Meeting, May 2011 )
Key Excerpts from HOLLYWOOD, INTERRUPTED : Insanity Chic In Babylon – The Case Against Celebrity by Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. : 2004
“CELEBRITIES WHO DISAGREE WITH HOLLYWOOD’S ESTABLISHMENT EXIST IN AN IDEOLOGICAL SIBERIA WHERE PUBLICLY DISAGREEING WITH DAVID GEFFEN, STEVEN SPIELBERG AND THEIR DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE SUPPORTING CLONE-LIKE MINIONS TRANSLATES INTO SOMETHING AKIN TO CAREER SUICIDE. HOLLYWOOD ELITISTS BROOK NO DISSENT – OR CRITICISM – OF THEIR VIEWS.”
( Chapter 11 : REDS – Free Speech for Me But Not for Thee, p. 215 )
“A large swath of the celebrity class has begun morphing into obnoxious vessels of unequaled public vitriol espousing a religious zeal for extremist politics and exposing a Taliban-like hatred for anyone who might disagree. In the process, these entertainment commodities risk alienating large chunks of their audience – and the insulated stars living in elitist enclaves like LA, Manhattan, the Hamptons and Marin County, don’t seem to know, mind or care.”
( Chapter 11 : REDS , pp. 209 – 210 )
“Exalted celeb role models want America to follow in their thought processes, yet they themselves are for the most part highly dysfunctional. Their family structures reek of serial divorces and out-of-wedlock, often discarded children. Open drug use runs rampant. Religion is based more on a ‘feel good’ ethos rather than a challenging theology with a moral ground. And their politics can be summed up in two words: Viva Castro!
While John Wayne jingoistic fare ended up in the dustbin of history, Oliver Stone propaganda gets the green light. Films dealing with partisan struggle always draw on the saintly JFK Democrat archetype while portraying Republicans as creepy Nixonian villains. Conversely, films dealing with traditional American constructs like faith in God and love of country are invariably treated with contempt or crass manipulation.
No one is arguing Hollywood can’t bash America – uh, ‘dissent’. In fact, its her right and sometimes its well-deserved. But if the tables were turned, and if Hollywood were dominated by religious propagandists or right-wing ideologues, there’d be nothing short of a bloody civil war in America.
ACTUALLY, IT SEEMS THAT IF YOU WANT TO WORK REGULARLY IN HOLLYWOOD AT ALL, YOU CAN’T BE THE SORT OF CHARACTER WHO PUBLICLY SYMPATHIZES WITH THE CONSERVATIVE HALF OF THE AMERICAN POPULATION.”
( Chapter 11 : REDS – The Vast Hollywood Hypocrisy, pp. 218 – 220 )
“Artists of all stripes make secular pilgrimages to Hollywood to pursue their professional goals, usually foregoing higher education and escaping the drudgery of middle class life and upon achieving success, invariably act as unelected representatives sending messages to the world through the entertainment media denying the very system that affords them their opportunities.
Not satisfied with their disproportionate input on the culture vis-a-vis the nonstop conveyor belt of artistic products ( movies, television, books, music, talks shows, merchandising, etc. ), celebrities force themselves on the body politic with dramatic and often laughable posturing almost exclusively of the extremist slant. And since entertainment ( designed primarily by those Americans who so publicly seem to dislike the United States ) and the industry’s byproduct ( celebrity ) form America’s second largest export ( $ 14 billion in 2000 ) and a top domestic product, it’s no wonder anti-American hysteria runs rampant both at home and abroad.
What AIDS is to Africa, ingratitude is to Hollywood – both viruses require drastic behavioral modifications to stop the spread while the deep cultural prejudices within their respective cultures make the task impossible. As long as super rich psuedo-role models openly exploit America’s vast freedoms to spread broad-brushed and dire messages that undermine them, the pop-culturally driven nihilism will only fester.
The cycle of hypocrisy among the entertainment elite simply cannot hold up to public scrutiny. The Hollywood wings of the vast loony conspiracy have feathered their nests with capitalist spoils. They live more opulently than royalty; reside in more segregated neighborhoods than Trent Lott; hire private armies to protect their properties; send their children to $ 20,000 a year private schools; uphold culinary apartheid in the city’s top dining rooms; drive Lincoln Navigators in the nation’s smog capital; receive around-the-clock cheap labor from undocumented and untaxed foreign workers and wear sweat-shopped designer jeans and cross-trainers; use their status to garner free clothing, travel, food and seats to major entertainment events; exploit the wares of easily duped Hollywood aspirants known as ‘assistants’; wield blackbelt accountants to cut through the burdensome tax code they vociferously support; and adhere to casting couches and nepotistic hiring practices over affirmative action.”
( Chapter 11 : REDS – Weapons Of Mass Hypocrisy, pp. 213 – 214 )
“POLITICAL CORRECTNESS HAS BECOME THE PRIMARY WEAPON USED BY THOSE IN BLUE COUNTRY ( HOLLYWOOD, ELITISTS, DEMOCRATS, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, ACADEMIA, MULTICULTURALISTS, ET AL. ) TO SQUELCH THE IDEAS AND SPEECH OF THOSE IN RED COUNTRY ( MIDDLE AMERICA, CONSERVATIVES, REPUBLICANS AND NASCAR FANS ), CREATING A UNIFORM SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS THAT APPEARS TO CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AND TOLERANCE BUT REJOICES ONLY IN ITS OWN NARROW AND CONDESCENDING PERSPECTIVE.”
( Chapter 12 : BLUE COUNTRY HAZE, pp. 239 – 240 )
“Political Correctness n.: conformity to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities should be eliminated.
Politically Correct adj. Abbr. PC : 1. Of, relating to, or supporting broad social, political and educational change, especially to redress historical injustices in matters such as race, class, gender and sexual orientation. 2. Being or perceived as being over concerned with such change, often to the exclusion of other matters.”
– from The American Heritage Dictionary
“Political Correctness n: A Hollywood affliction in which troubled souls present themselves as entertainers but instead use entertainment media as a means to promote a dysfunctional moral and political agenda.”
– from The Hollywood Interrupted Lexicon
“THOUGH IT MAY SOUND INNOCUOUS, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS HAS THE CULTURAL EFFECT OF STIFLING DISSENT, SOMETHING YOU’D THINK WOULD STOKE THE FIRES OF SELECTIVE FREE SPEECHERS. P. C. IS TO DISCOURSE WHAT THE LEFT SAYS MCCARTHYISM WAS TO POLITICS. IT STIFLES FREE SPEECH SO MUCH THAT IT IS ROUTINELY WIELDED BY HOLLYWOOD AS A TOOL TO SQUELCH ANY VIEWS BUT THOSE HELD BY HER ELITE.”
( Chapter 12 : BLUE COUNTRY HAZE – Taking The Task Forces to Task, p. 256 )
“With the possible exception of compulsory celebrity alcohol and drug problems, no Hollywood affliction over the last 20 years has been as obvious and odious as full-blown Political Correctness or P.C. Careers have been built on its very premise. And whether they’ll admit it or not, studio executives, actors and the rest of Hollywood’s elite hierarchy use Political Correctness as an illegitimate and undemocratic method to ram their narrow, dysfunctional, condescending moral and political values down the rest of our throats in a very un-American way.”
( Chapter 12 : BLUE COUNTRY HAZE – Hollywood, Ground Zero of the Culture War, pp. 240 – 241 )
“STARS AND ENTERTAINMENT EXECS NOT ATTUNED TO THE P. C. WAY OF THINKING COWER FROM DISSENT, FEARFUL OF BEING CALLED RACIST, SEXIST, HOMOPHOBIC OR ANY OTHER ALL PURPOSE IMPOSSIBLE-TO-DEFEND SLANDER. EVEN THE ACCUSATION OF OPERATING OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS ENOUGH TO PUT A DAMPER ON ONE’S PROFESSIONAL LIFE.”
( Chapter 13 : THE DEATH OF COMEDY, p. 257 )