Prominent stars have the ability to scream loud and proud of their liberal/progressive views without career repercussions... unless you're the Dixie Chicks, that is. Don't mess with the country crowd. But even they ultimately rebounded.
Contrast that freedom of liberal expression with the cloaked secrecy and silence of conservatives in Hollywood. Obviously the cast and crew of 24 can only include so many. So what's a working conservative in LaLa Land to do but keep their tongues, speak with their cash, and plug on?
Joseph Curl talks of how some Hollywood stars do just that... express their views with donations, but refuse to do the talk show rounds and publicize their conservative views.
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."
J.R. Dunn has an oddly linked piece in the American Thinker today. - unintended, of course.
Maybe it's me, but as Dunn meanders thru his well documented piece on Hollywood's Red Decade, it's easy to overlook his exemplary point.... and that is we shouldn't quash the recent spade of anti-military/anti-war films Hollywood is churning out, one after another.
By publicly demeaning the film industry for their anti views, we merely empower them, elevating them to victim status. And as we all know, victim stuff sells in a self-perceived liberal world. Afterall, everyone likes to believe we support the underdog, which by Hollywood standards makes us their companion liberals. In the progressive's view, a conservative is incapable of caring for his fellow man.
Dunn uses the Red Decade as an example:
No better example of the intellectual and artistic bankruptcy of the left exists than these films. They should have been allowed to make as many as they wanted. No blacklist, no Congressional hearings, no interference whatsoever. A couple dozen more like these and Hollywood communism would have been relegated to comic relief. Left alone, they'd have knocked themselves out.
Instead we got the legend of martyrdom, and hundreds of hours of foul ideological exercises, unto the present day.
It's rather bizarre that the liberal leaning try to claim loss of free speech as their own. I've never had a problem hearing their anti views since March of 2003, so where's their loss of voice? In reality, those persecuted are those that support the war. From Beverly Hills cocktail or wrap parties, to casual friends in suburban American. Speak up about Iraq in a positive way, and watch your friends turn on you like Cujo.
Perhaps the closet conservatives in Hollywood can take a cue from Dunn's let-'em-open-their-mouth-and-incriminate-themselves attitude. They should start making some movies about the plight of closet conservatives... the professionals who are forced into silence, quashing their free speech, because they actually support the foreign policy of aggressively going after global Islamic jihadists.
Let's see if the viewers financially reward that kind of a movie...