Conservative Politics Needs to Be a Secret, Warns Hollywood Pro
'You keep quiet because you don't know if that's going to set someone off who can hire you'
Is it a career killer to be a conservative in Hollywood in the Trump era?
Republican showbiz pros we talked to said they fear being blacklisted today, just as writers, actors, and others who were said to be communist sympathizers were banned from working in show business in the 1950s.
“I often tell friends getting into the biz from this day forward, you are a Democrat publicly,” one industry vet told Fox News on the condition of anonymity.
Three members of the Hollywood conservative group Friends of Abe (as in Abe Lincoln) said the political climate in Hollywood is the worst they have ever seen, with one actor/screenwriter who also requested to not be named saying: “It’s toxic if you have any leanings toward Donald Trump or the Republican Party.”
“You keep quiet because you don’t know if that’s going to set someone off who can hire you,” the Hollywood pro said. “It’s a unique scenario because you won’t be punished if you are liberal.”
“In Hollywood, it’s not like Wall Street – politics does factor into jobs,” the showbiz insider said. “Producers hire based on who people like working with, you have a lot of downtime on sets and you don’t want people on set that may create conflict.”
“People often get so flipped out even if you question their views.”
A longtime Hollywood screenwriter echoed those sentiments.
“It has become personal, nasty even,” the conservative writer said, adding, “There is a definite social blacklisting happening.”
Actress Mary Birdsong (“Reno 911”), who’s no fan of Donald Trump herself, said she had also noticed the lack of political give-and-take since the reality star assumed the presidency.
“It’s unusual to have right/left discourse,” she said, noting, however, that the same thing happens if she goes to a conservative part of the country. “I was recently in Texas. I had to keep my mouth shut.”
Birdsong said the whole situation is troubling.
“What is the good of free speech if we only get to use it with people we agree with?”
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