HOLLYWOOD’S SECRET SOCIETY OF CONSERVATIVES

BY   RICK   MORAN   ,   AMERICAN   THINKER  :   NOVEMBER   16,   2007

He  was  very  lonely  and  extremely  depressed  about  his  struggling  careeer.

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JONATHAN    BRANDIS    :    1976    –    2003

WANT  A  QUICK  WAY  TO  END  A  PROMISING  HOLLYWOOD  CAREER?                           IF  YOU’RE  A  CONSERVATIVE  IN  TINSELTOWN,  THE  ANONYMITY  OF                           THE  CLOSET  IS  THE  SAFEST  WAY  TO  AVOID  CALAMITY.  

While  Democrats  enjoy  very  public  support  from  Hollywood’s  top  actors                      and  musicians,  who  often  hold  lavish  events  for  their  favorite  candidates,                Republican  supporters  in  Hollywood  try  hard  to  keep  their  political  views  quiet.

“They  learn  very  quickly,  if  they  know  what’s  good  for  them,  to  donate  to                   the  Democratic  Party,”  said  Andrew  Breitbart,  co-author  of  Hollywood  Interrupted.                “If  they  were  to  donate  to  the  Republican  Party,  they  would  be  exposed  to               career-ending  ridicule.  Period.”

THAT  HASN’T  STOPPED  SOME  CONSERVATIVES  FROM  STEPPING  UP  AND              DONATING  TO  G.O.P.  CANDIDATES  FOR  PRESIDENT.  AT  THE  SAME  TIME,                  THE  DONORS  GO  OUT  OF  THEIR  WAY  TO  AVOID  ANY  PUBLICITY  OF  THE  FACT  THAT  THEY  ARE  SUPPORTING  CONSERVATIVES.

Republican  presidential  candidates  have  been  drawing  support  and  cash  from  Hollywood  celebrities  but  few  of  the  stars  in  super-liberal  Tinseltown  want  to  be  publicly              linked  with  the  Grand  Old  Party.  

So  far,  just  a  handful  of  actors  have  come  forward  to  support  Republican  hopefuls.

Adam  Sandler,  who  cast  former  New  York  City  Mayor  Rudolph  Giuliani  in  a  cameo  role  in  his  2003  movie  “Anger  Management”,  has  contributed  $ 2,100  to  Mr.  Giuliani’s  campaign.  The  two  met  recently  on  Mr.  Sandler’s  movie  set  in  New  York.

Former  “Frasier”  star  Kelsey  Grammer  and  his  wife  also  have  tossed  in  $ 6,900  for             the  mayor.  But  neither  would  comment  about  their  support.

In  fact,  not  a  single  one  of  the  dozen  actors  contacted  for  this  story  who  have  been  identified  as  conservative  leaning  would  comment  publicly.  

“Bo  isn’t  available.  Sorry.”  says  Bo  Derek’s  handler.

“Mr.  Costner  is  not  available  to  be  interviewed,”  said  Kevin  Costner’s  publicists.

“I’m  sorry  but  unfortunately  Mel  is  unavailable  to  contribute,”  said  Mel  Gibson’s  people.

  SOME  HOLLYWOOD  RIGHTIES  LIKE  PRODUCER  JOEL  SURNOW  OF  “24”                 HAVE  MADE  NO  BONES  ABOUT  THEIR  CONSERVATIVE  LEANINGS  IN  THE  PAST.      BUT  SURNOW  IS  THE  EXCEPTION  TO  THE  RULE,  AN  ESTABLISHED  PRODUCER  WITH  A  HIT  TV  SHOW.

Hollywood  producer  Joel  Surnow  of  the  television  show  “24”  said  he  and  other  conservatives  in  the  entertainment  industry  are  leaning  toward  supporting  the  mayor,  adding  that              Mr.  Sandler  “is  going  to  come  out  and  support  Rudy  Giuliani”.

Of  the  few  actors  who  have  declared  support  for  Republicans,  only  a  couple  have  publicly  made  statements.  

Robert  Duvall,  star  of  such  movies  as  “The  Godfather”  and  “Apocalypse  Now”  endorsed         Mr.  Giuliani  who  dined with  the  Duvalls  at  their  Virginia  estate.

“I  don’t  normally  get  involved  in  politics  but  I  think  the  stakes  are  too  high  this  election,”  the  actor  said  but  only  in  a  statement  released  by  the  campaign.

Actor  Chuck  Norris  also  has  been  outspoken  in  his  support  for  former  Arkansas  Governor  Mike  Huckabee.

FOR  OTHERS,  IT  IS  SIMPLY  A  MATTER  OF  CAREER  PROTECTION  TO  KEEP           THEIR  POLITICAL  PROFILE  AS  LOW  AS  POSSIBLE.  

But  most  stay  in  the  closet  and  become  members  of  what  amounts  to                       a  secret  society. 

“They  seek  each  other  out  on  sets.  They  talk  to  each  other  secretly.                           They  exchange  e-mails.”  Mr.  Breitbart  said.

Michael  Medved,  a  nationally  syndicated  conservative  talk  show  host  and  movie  critic,  said  actors  are  skittish  for  good  reason.

“People  who  might  be  a  little  bit  insecure  about  their  status  in  Hollywood  anyway  wouldn’t  want  to  amplify  that  insecurity  by  taking  outspoken  conservative  positions,”  he  said.

THE  REASON?  AN  INCREDIBLY  SMALL  AMOUNT  OF  PEOPLE  ACTUALLY  RUN  HOLLYWOOD.  THEY  MAKE  THE  DEALS  FOR  THE  BIG  MOVIES  THAT  CAN  PROPEL      A  PERFORMER  INTO  THE  BIG  TIME.  

THE  FACT  IS,  WITH  THE  OVERWHELMING  MAJORITY  OF  PRODUCERS,  DIRECTORS  AND  THE  FEW  ACTORS  WHO  GET  INVOLVED  IN  THEIR  OWN  PROJECTS  BEING  LIBERAL,  IF  A  CONSERVATIVE  WAS  TOO  FORWARD  ABOUT  THEIR  POLITICS,            THEY  MAY  NOT  EVEN  BE  OFFERED  CERTAIN  ROLES  –  ROLES  THAT  COULD            MAKE  OR  BREAK  THEIR  CAREERS.  

THIS  HASN’T  STOPPED  GOP  CANDIDATES  FROM  HITTING  HOLLYWOOD  UP  FOR  DONATIONS.  IT’S  JUST  THAT  THEY  AREN’T  AS  NEAR  SUCCESSFUL  DOING  IT              AS  DEMOCRATS.

Still,  Republicans  have  streamed  into  Hollywood  for  cash.  Former  Massachusetts  Governor  Mitt  Romney  courted  contributors  in  the  state  and  held  a  town  meeting  just  outside  Hollywood.  During  the  first  nine  months  of  the  year,  Senator  John  McCain  of  Arizona  pulled  in  $ 390,000  from  Hollywood  with  Mr.  Giuliani  close  behind  at  $ 360,000  according  to  the  Center  for  Responsive  Politics,  a  nonpartisan  nonprofit  research  group  based  in  Washington.

Those  numbers  pale  in  comparison  to  Democrats.  Senator  Hillary  Clinton  of  New  York  drew  $ 2.2  million  from  the  movie,  music  and  TV  industries  over  the  same  period.          Then  Senator  Barack  Obama  of  Illinois  pulled  in  $ 2.1  million  from  some  A-list  actors  including  Tom  Hanks,  Tobey  Maguire,  Eddie  Murphy,  Edward  Norton,  Morgan  Freeman          and  Ben  Stiller.

Mr.  Breitbart  noted  that  seven  anti-war  films  recently  have  bombed  at  the  box-office         and  said  optimistically  that  Hollywood  conservatives  may  speak  up  more  this           election  cycle.

“A  lot  of  these  people  really  believe  that  we’re  at  the  crossroads,  whether  or  not  we’re  going  to  be  aggressively  taking  on  ascendant  radical  Islam,”  he  said.          “At  that  point,  you’ll  see  a  lot  of  people  coming  out  of  the  closet.”  

WHILE  HOLLYWOOD  WILL  NOT  BE  QUITE  THE  MOTHER  LODE  OF  MONEY  FOR  CONSERVATIVES  AS  IT  IS  FOR  LIBERALS,  THOSE  FUND  RAISING  NUMBERS  SUGGEST  A  SIZABLE  NUMBER  OF  PEOPLE IN  THE  CLOSET  WHO,  FOR                          ONE  REASON  OR  ANOTHER,  FEEL  MORE  COMFORTABLE  WITH  A  CLOAK  OF  ANONYMITY  TO  HIDE  THEIR  POLITICAL  AFFILIATIONS.

One  high-profile  celebrity,  when  asked  about  her  political  views,  even  had                  her  lawyers  declare  “our  client’s  rights  of  privacy  and  other  legally  protectable  intangible  rights”  and  warn  that  she  should  not  be  labeled  a  Republican.

 Teri  Hatcher,  an  actress  on  the  television  show  “Desperate  Housewives”,  forwarded                an  interview  request  to  her  attorneys.  Miss  Hatcher,  who  had  a  February  lunch  in            Beverley  Hills  with  former  President  George  W.  Bush,  has  repeatedly  turned  down  invitations  to  be  on  HBO’s  “Real  Time  With  Bill  Maher”.  MSNBC  reported  that                   “a  source”  said  “she’s  not  in  sync”  with  the  aggressively  liberal  host,  prompting    some  to  wonder  if  she  is  secretly  conservative.  

“Please  be  advised  that  Miss  Hatcher  is  not  a  Republican,  but  more  importantly,              she  does  not  choose  to  have  her  political  affiliation  or  viewpoints  on                          any  particular  candidate  or  issue  in  the  current  presidential  campaign  included       in  your  proposed  article,”  lawyer  Barry  W.  Tyerman  said  in  an  e-mail.

A  SAD  COMMENTARY  ON  THOSE  TOLERANT,  KIND-HEARTED  “LIBERALS”                 WHO  MAKE  UP  HOLLYWOOD’S  ELITE.  

( “Hollywood  Stars  Mum  On  Donations  To  G.O.P.”  by  Joseph  Curl,  The  Washington  Times :  November  16,  2007 )

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