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New Hollywood Blacklist: Vote GOP, Lose Gigs

Venomous tweets. Righteous social media memes. And, if things really heat up, a hashtag campaign. The same holds true if a worker got passed over because of gender or religious beliefs.

Who wouldn’t support that cause?

What about someone losing a job due to voting for a Republican? Would that inspire outrage? Anger? Shock?

Or, perhaps such news would be considered par for the course. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here. This new Hollywood Blacklist is none of your concern.

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That’s exactly what we learned reading a new feature at The Hollywood Reporter. The story in question detailed how some Hollywood Republicans are supporting Donald Trump for president. Look closer. Buried deep in the story is this confession:

While THR spoke to dozens of Trump voters, few wished to announce their support, citing their desire to avoid backlash from co-workers. One makeup artist, for example, says longtime clients stopped hiring her after learning she was a Republican.

Isn’t that the story’s lede? Or a separate story on its own, including digging deeper into the allegations?

Chances are this nugget will be ignored or simply read without comment. After all, it’s hardly an isolated incident.

John Sullivan, the co-director of the smash documentary “2016: Obama’s America,” once told HiT some members of his crew worked under pseudonyms to protect their livelihoods. The film took a critical look at President Barack Obama, an unpopular stance in modern Hollywood.

“They’re were like, ‘hey, I really want to do this project. I want to work with you, but I’m concerned with working in the future,” Sullivan said. They feared being tied to an overtly right-leaning project could hurt future job prospects.

This reporter once spoke to a well-known actor who keeps his Republican voting habits private for that reason.

And let’s remember how right-leaning actress Maria Conchita Alonso quit a play after outraged liberals pelted the production with boycott threats. Her crime? Shooting a commercial in support of a Tea Party candidate.

She left the production voluntarily, saying she didn’t want to hurt the play due to the vitriol surrounding her politics. Does anyone remember stars big or small rallying to her side?

Let’s not forget Stacey Dash. She’s the mixed-race actress from “Clueless” who made the mistake of endorsing Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election cycle. Since then, she’s embraced her right-of-center views, expounding on them on Fox News and in media interviews.

How’s her career going? Let’s let Dash answer that question directly.

“My acting opportunities have ceased because of my political beliefs. I’m being persecuted in Hollywood. I’ve been blacklisted. My agents have dropped me. I haven’t auditioned in over a year because of my beliefs and what I stand for. But I know that this is what God wants me to do. And so with that I will stand and I will do it, because I know that what God wants for me no man will keep from me.”

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So don’t expect a hashtag campaign over The Hollywood Reporter’s story. No change.org petition demanding fair business practices in Tinsel Town.

Why not?

Remember how Hollywood rallied around Patricia Arquette’s equal pay speech when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Boyhood?” Yet this news will be greeted with silence.

Shouldn’t the George Clooneys and Meryl Streeps of the world be outraged by a colleague being discriminated against? These aren’t the stars of a particular film, but the working class folks who help make films possible. They’re the 99 percent, for those doing the math at home.

Heck, this is the type of story they make movies about, no?

Last year, Bryan Cranston earned an Oscar nomination for his leading role in “Trumbo.” The true story detailed the plight of Dalton Trumbo, a Communist screenwriter punished for his beliefs during the McCarthy era.

The industry repeatedly tells Trumbo’s tale. That film followed on the heels of the 2007 documentary “Trumbo,” which covered similar ground.

For all the deserved hand-wringing about the lack of diversity in Hollywood, stories like this get ignored. Consider that the next time a famous A-lister gets on his or her soapbox.

Welcome to the new Hollywood Blacklist. Now with 100 percent less outrage.

Note: This article has been updated with quotes from actress Stacey Dash.

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7 Comments

  1. “If someone in the movie business lost a job due to his or her skin color social media would rise up in anger. Venomous tweets. Righteous social media memes. And, if things really heat up, a hashtag campaign. The same holds true if a worker got passed over because of gender or religious beliefs.”

    Actually, that’s not quite true. Actors can, and have, lost work for being white, male or Christian. And there is no outrage in the media. Zero.

    1. I believe he mentions that. But the topic is political and voting habits. And Toto is correct. Remember Tim Robbins and his “chill wind blowing”? Where is he now that a real and actual blacklist for republican thought is being exposed? Is he quiet because his little ox is not the one being gored here?

    2. Yeah I caught that too. The religion thing was particularly obtuse. But to a liberal, only a Muslim or Jew would ever be persecuted because of religion. Christians never get any abuse in Liberal World.
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      But give the guy some credit, he’s gotten a lot closer to reality than most liberals ever do. It’s interesting he bills himself a a conservative, given the clearly lefty political assumptions in his wrriting. But hey, liberals do love themselves their fake conservatives (*cough* David Brooks *cough* Joe Scarborough)

  2. It appears the best revenge for this new black-listing behavior is to boycott all Hollywood movies except those that portray the military and police fairly and those made by right-leaning directors and producers. Most of what comes out of Hollywood today isn’t worth the price of the ticket anyway, so it’s not a huge sacrifice. We outnumber them – we should use the power of the purse accordingly

  3. Anyone who’s ever watched socialists in action knows they can’t sell what they’re selling, so they have to go with coercion. They talk a good game of free speech and inclusion, until they have the power to prevent it then free speech and inclusion are the first things to go.

    Socialists can’t be trusted with power, any power, because they have no moral scruples that stop them from abusing it. Look who they’re going to nominate to be the Democrat nominee for President, Hillary Clinton. If there was ever a more flawed candidate than her I don’t know where you’d find them.

    Hollywood blacklist? Nah, that’s just controlling the message for the rest of the socialists in the Democratic Party. You will tow the line, or you won’t work. Just imagine any other group doing this. You can’t get away with this stuff, as a conservative, but liberals get away with it all the time. Why?

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