He was very lonely and extremely depressed about his struggling career.
JONATHAN BRANDIS : 1976 – 2003
You’re a REPUBLICAN ? You’re FIRED !
The editor of PLAYGIRL came out on television last week saying she is a Republican and voted for George W. Bush in the last election. She was on FOXNews talking about the fact that no one in her office but her was a Republican.
As I watched this, I turned to my wife and said: “She’s going to get fired.”
A few days later, she was. She wrote to The Drudge Report and said that a leading person at PLAYGIRL told her on the phone: “I WOULDN’T HAVE HIRED YOU IF I KNEW YOU WERE A REPUBLICAN.”
Then he laughed. Some joke.
When the Catholic Church fires people who work for them and are gay ( which is behavior against church doctrine ), all hell breaks loose.
But let a liberal fire a Conservative and no one cares.
I know from EXPERIENCE.
I worked in the film industry during the 1980s and 1990s. I was an outspoken Conservative towards the end, but at the beginning I really couldn’t have cared less about politics.
One day after I had just started within the industry, I went in to talk with the production manager of a new film. I was hired on.
But when he was reviewing my resume, he saw that I once did a lighting job for a Republican show in Washington.
HE WENT NUTS AND CALLED ME A NAZI right there in the studio office in front of everyone.
When I said that was uncalled for and wrong, HE THREW THE RESUME AT ME and said:
“GET OUT! I DON’T WORK WITH REPUBLICANS!!”
He laughed as I got up and left. Some joke.
Years later, I was working on a TV show and was GETTING HARASSED for reading The Wall Street Journal and Current Events. After a few days, the Gaffer ( our chief lighting tech and a Closet Conservative ) came over to me and said: “Why don’t you put the articles you think would get them thinking on my equipment cart?”
I did so and within a few hours people were reading them. Tax increases. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Nannygate. Hillarycare. The articles attacked the sacred cows of the Left and people started debating them.
THEN THE INSULTS STARTED. I WAS CALLED A NAZI ( ONCE AGAIN ) ON THE SET. THE DIRECTOR TOOK A POLAROID OF ME AND DREW HORNS AND A DEVIL’S BEARD ON IT. Lunches turned into political debates about Clinton and why he was bad for the country. ( Rather, I said he was bad. The other 99 people at lunch had other thoughts. )
At one point, the production manager approached me and suggested that I cool it. I told him that I had a right to my opinions when asked.
He said: “AND HOLLYWOOD HAS THE RIGHT TO KEEP PEOPLE LIKE YOU UNEMPLOYED.”
Then he laughed. Some joke.
After my stint on the show ended, a few crew people told me they also were Closet Republicans. But they knew it was no joke and kept quiet.
I wonder how may of them are still working in the industry now that other Conservatives are fighting back in Hollywood and moving up the chain of command.
Hopefully soon, the Liberals will know how it feels to get fired for their political beliefs. In MatWorld, that would be funny. Real funny.
( openlettertoabc.blogspot.com : March 2005 )