The mainstream media did it again. By accident, of course.
That’s how it usually happens.
Every year or so a reporter admits Hollywood conservatives fear being punished for voting like half of the country votes.
These reports don’t lead with this shocking state of affairs. It’s always buried mid-story, as if it were an anecdote to be considered, nothing more. Tell that to the artists who fear career termination should their voting patterns go public.
Newsweek’s article about Larry Elder’s campaign to dethrone California Gov. Gavin Newsom checks in with Hollywood’s openly conservative actors.
Industry titans like Netflix CEO Reed Hastings are cutting massive checks to keep Gov. Newsom in office. Fighting that Tinsel Town trend? The few brave actors willing to go public with their conservatism.
- Dean Cain
- Kevin Sorbo
- Scott Baio
They shared with Newsweek why they support Elder’s campaign and what the race means to California. Their arguments are sound but certainly open to debate. That’s not what’s noteworthy of the piece.
Consider the first of two factors.
The article refers to Friends of Abe, a secretive group of Hollywood conservatives. The group’s very existence tells you all you need to know about Hollywood’s unofficial Blacklist. The old one died in the 1950s, a fact Hollywood repeatedly relives via films like “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Trumbo” and “The Majestic.”
Liberals stars shout their opinions across the pop culture landscape, which is their right to do so.
Conservative stars? Most huddle in private, hoping their conversations won’t be leaked.
It gets worse.
At its zenith, there were about 2,500 entertainment workers in [Friends of Abe], though it disbanded after the IRS sought personal information from the organization.
That’s a story for another day, but a disturbing one at that.
Still, cultural observers have known for some time about Friends of Abe, even if its membership roster remains mostly secret. The more alarming anecdote comes next.
…a small gathering of former FOA members met privately at a Southern California restaurant to discuss pro-Elder strategy, a party hosted by a well-known comedian with dozens of appearances on broadcast television under his belt.
The comedian requested Newsweek not name him out of fears his career would suffer [emphasis added] if his political leanings were known.
Hollywood rallied en masse to get Joe Biden elected last Fall. They used every manner possible to spread the word, from social media to late night TV. No Hollywood conservative would deny them that all-American right, even if they’d love the chance to engage them in a free and honest debate.
Meanwhile, conservative entertainers cower in the shadows lest their GOP support go public.
This is no longer about President Donald Trump, the excuse used by some to alienate right-leaning talent. In modern Hollywood, supporting a smart black politician for the governor’s race, assuming he’s a Republican, can risk one’s career.
Let that sink in. Few do just that, apparently.
No major media outlet will read the Newsweek story and connect the frightening dots. Woke columnists like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won’t pen a screed for The Hollywood Review about how un-American this scourge is.
John Oliver won’t “destroy” Hollywood for resurrecting the ’50s era Blacklist in its new, and repugnant, form. And yet for right-leaning Americans it’s the status quo, a natural byproduct of Cancel Culture.
Vote our way or risk losing work in one of the toughest businesses in the country.
That vote may be for Elder, Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis or any other GOP favorite. The lesson is clear. Hollywood, the land of so-called tolerance, hasn’t learned the lessons from the McCarthy Era.
Instead, insiders took notes.