“There are many other people in the entertainment industry who say they do not feel free to express their views. They describe themselves as Hollywood’s only persecuted minority, victims of what one writer called REVERSE MCCARTHYISM.”
( “Hidden Hollywood” by Alessandra Stanley, published : May 31, 1992 )
“This is depressing. Hollywood used to exemplify the embodiment of the American Dream. If you work hard and believe in your friends, you will make it.
Now the message seems to have gone through a major rewrite.
As long as you say the ‘correct kind’ of things and make the ‘correct kind’ of friends, you will be just fine.
EVEN IF YOU DEDICATED DECADES OF HARD WORK TO AN INDUSTRY YOU LOVE, YOU DON’T HAVE THE LUXURY OF EXPRESSING A DIFFERENT VIEWPOINT.
Lest you’re willing to face the consequences. It’s REVERSE MCCARTHYISM.
If you’re a liberal in Hollywood who happens to have the ‘correct kind’ of opinions, then congratulations! You can speak whatever you want and whenever you want with little to no repercussions.
If you’re a conservative in Hollywood who happens to have some ‘incorrect’ opinions, then watch it! You’d better keep your mouth shut unless you want to lose your job.
THE P.C. POLICE IS WATCHING YOU.
Case in point : Donald Trump’s Veterans Rally from Iowa. One of the executives from Marvel donated a million dollars of his own money to Trump’s Fundraiser for Veterans and Wounded Warriors. As to whether or not the executive genuinely wants Trump for President is up in the air. For example, he could have donated the money in order to repay a favor for Trump.
However, if you happen to be a part of the P.C. hive mind culture where ad hominem runs supreme, critical thinking might be a foreign concept to you anyway. What matters to you is that Trump is a racist and a bigot.
A Marvel executive donated to Trump’s fundraiser. Therefore, the Marvel executive is made of pure evil. And thus, the ‘social justice warriors’ crowd demanded his head or at least his job. Because donating your own money to a Veterans fundraiser event is a cardinal sin.
FOR A SUB-CULTURE BASED ON ENCOURAGING INCLUSIVITY, HOLLYWOOD HAS DONE A PRETTY SHITTY JOB WITH THE ‘OPEN TOLERANCE’ PART.
And the irony is that the Marvel executive didn’t even disclose his political opinion. He could be a common sense liberal for all we know.
But imagine that he did. Imagine that he came out as a conservative. Now Disney would have an unmitigated so-called P.R. disaster hanging around their necks, merely because the Buzzfeed and Twitter crowd won’t shut up about it.
THE IDEA OF HAVING A TRUMP-SYMPATHETIC EXECUTIVE ON YOUR STAFF IS ‘INEXCUSABLE’.
Another irony : IN ORDER TO OPENLY EXPRESS THEIR POLITICAL BELIEFS WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES, HOLLYWOOD CONSERVATIVES HAD TO SET UP THEIR VERY OWN PRIVATE SAFE SPACE.
( “REVERSE MCCARTHYISM : Hollywood Republicans Forced To Hide Their Political Beliefs” by Millennial With A Spine, posted March 14, 2016 )
“There are wide reports that MANY ENTERTAINERS ARE FRIGHTENED TO PERFORM AT THE INAUGURAL FESTIVITIES on January 20.
Hard to pin down but the roster of performers today is scant.
Some of the Rockettes from Radio City Music Hall in New York City will be there. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is scheduled to perform. And Jackie Evancho of “America’s Got Talent” is also set to sing. We hear The Beach Boys and the country group Alabama may be appearing but that has not been confirmed.
Also not confirmed are SOME ENTERTAINERS REPORTEDLY BELIEVE IF THEY SHOW UP AT THE INAUGURATION, IT WILL HURT THEIR CAREERS.
The tenor Andrea Bocelli has been mentioned along with Garth Brooks. But again, we cannot confirm THE FEAR ELEMENT.
However, it is obvious that there is a problem and there should not be one. The inauguration of a president celebrates a peaceful transition of power engineered by the American voters. That is what the ceremony is, not a political gesture. So all Americans should respect the process.
EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE INCOMING PRESIDENT, THERE SHOULD NEVER BE INTIMIDATION ABOUT ATTENDING OR PERFORMING AT THE INAUGURATION. THAT IS UN – AMERICAN.
The election of George W. Bush in 2000 was perhaps the most controversial vote of the nation’s history. Decided by the Supreme Court. Yet a variety of entertainers showed up at the inauguration including Ricky Martin, Wayne Newton, Jessica Simpson, Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Rockettes. Even Beyonce showed up, performing with Destiny’s Child at her inaugural concert for America’s youth.
But even though there was bitterness over the Bush – Gore race, the nation came together at the inauguration.
But now the cohesive spirit seems to have changed.
The harsh truth is that there is REVERSE MCCARTHYISM going on in the entertainment industry.
Remember that in the 1950s, Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy started accusing people in Hollywood of being communist. That led to a BLACKLIST where people were not hired because McCarthy smeared them.
It seems ANTI-TRUMP ZEALOTS may be doing the same thing.
If you are a Trump supporter, you are ( considered ) a bad person. And A NUMBER OF ENTERTAINERS BELIEVE THEIR CAREERS WILL BE HARMED SHOULD THEY ASSOCIATE WITH THE NEW TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. Again, this is a terrible and awful state of affairs.
‘Talking Points’ believes enough is enough with the anti-Trump movement. The man won the election. Give him a chance. Respect the process. And stop the nonsense.”
( “Donald Trump’s Inauguration” by Bill O’Reilly, The O’Reilly Factor, http://www.foxnews.com : January 4, 2017 )
“The term MCCARTHYISM has routinely been used in a generic sense to refer to the practice of making public accusations of subversion without evidence to substantiate the allegations. This is particularly true in the present day when the term is used to refer to the stifling of contrary political viewpoints and marginalizing of an individual or group from society.
THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST, which is often associated with MCCARTHYISM, embodied a policy of denying employment to entertainment professionals because of their alleged sympathies with or membership in the Communist Party.
It turns out that not only is Bill O’Reilly’s use of the term REVERSE MCCARTHYISM accurate, numerous prospective performers for the Trump inauguration recently experienced first-hand the repercussions of THIS NEW VERSION OF THE BLACKLIST.”
Italian tenor ANDREA BOCELLI was denied the opportunity to perform at Trump’s inauguration due not only to the countless social media insults and threatened boycotts but to something far more ominous.
When the singer first announced that he would be appearing at the Trump event, initial reports indicated that the performer’s cancellation was the result of a social media hashtag campaign which called for a boycott of his concerts and records.
However, more recent reports indicate that Bocelli was determined to ignore the boycott threats and participate in the inaugural festivities anyway despite the malicious efforts to force him to change his mind.
Then things apparently escalated and the Daily Mail.com ( U. K. ) reported that the singer “had pulled out on the advice of his security team after receiving threats to his life”.
Another performer, Broadway singer JENNIFER HOLLIDAY, suddenly withdrew from her scheduled inauguration performance. The Tony Award winner had originally told The New York Times about her desire to sing for all Americans.
“I am singing on the mall for the people,” Holliday said. “I don’t have a dog in this fight. I’m just a singer and it’s a welcome concert for the people on the mall.”
She went on to say that she would perform despite having voted for Trump’s opponent. “I voted for Mrs. Clinton and they knew that. But if someone wants me to sing the national anthem or something, we think about America and we go.” Holliday said.
She correctly referred to the negative pressure that she was receiving from the anti-Trump crowd as an attack on free expression. “It brought a lot of threats from people already saying I’ll never work again,” Holliday said. “If that’s what America has come to where we all hate and bully people, there’s no more freedom of speech.”
Twenty four hours later, Holliday cancelled her appearance and issued an apology for having ever agreed to participate in the first place.
THE NEW MCCARTHYISM USES SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS TO INTIMIDATE INTO SILENCE THOSE WITH VIEWS THAT LACK THE SEAL OF APPROVAL OF THE CONTROLLING POWERS.
( “Hollywood Reveals True Self With New McCarthyism” by James Hirsen, www.newsmax.com : January 17, 2017 )