BY RICK MORAN , AMERICAN THINKER : NOVEMBER 16, 2007
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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 )