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“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 )

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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 )

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