Putting "Hollywood above America"
Hollywood's embrace of Barack Obama has become the subject of so-called GOP "robocalls" in which Tinseltown is mentioned in the same breath as some unsavory characters. Nikki Finke sums it up this way:
"It was sadly inevitable in these last desperate days of the presidential campaign that Hollywood would become the GOP's bitter target for its support of Obama Barack (lumped in with terrorists and socialists). Voters in at least 10 swing states are receiving hundreds of thousands of nasty and often misleading automated telephone calls from John McCain's campaign, and a portion are bashing Obama for putting “Hollywood above America.”
So which part of Hollywood, beside Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is supporting McCain? The Weekly Standard's Stephen F. Hayes had a behind-the-scenes look at a McCain fundraiser in L.A.:
Among those attending: Dean Cain (Superman); James Caan (Godfather I and II, Bottle Rocket); Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy, Deliverance); Robert Davi (License to Kill); Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk); Adam Carolla (The Man Show); Lacy Chabert (Party of Five); Angie Harmon (Law & Order); Victoria Jackson (Saturday Night Live); Gerald McRaney (Simon & Simon, Major Dad); Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men); Lorenzo Lamas (The Bold and the Beautiful, Renegade); Kevin Sorbo (Hercules); Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond); George Newbern (Father of the Bride); and Robert Duvall (The Godfather and The Godfather II, Apocalypse Now).
The dinner co-chairman was Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of wildly popular television shows such as CSI, Cold Case, and Without a Trace, and films such as Pirates of the Caribbean. (Like many conservatives, I haven't paid much attention to Hollywood over the years.)
When someone pointed Bruckheimer out to me, I had to ask what he had done -- a question that elicited howls of laughter from songwriter Jude Christdal and ESPN's Stacey Pressman, who runs a new celebrity-athlete website called www.prolebrity.com, and who served as my spotter for the evening.
That's quite a list, considering the Hollywood Reporter says Republicans say they support McCain at their professional peril. Meanwhile, the DVD release of the 1987 film "Hanoi Hilton" has somehow gotten pulled into the presidential election.
-- Shelby Grad
Photo: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times