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Conservatives say they have to 'talk in whispers' in liberal Hollywood

Janine_turner If you are a devoted reader of Andrew Breitbart's ultra-conservative Big Hollywood website, as I am, you'd think that the world as we know it is surely coming to an end, being turned into a hideously ever-shrinking black hole by Hollywood liberals and their fellow travelers.

The site is chock-full of posts lambasting liberal film critics for not liking vigilante movies, decrying the "gutless" Comedy Central for editing out any references to the prophet Muhammad in "South Park," mocking global warming activists, getting into a tizzy for weeks on end about Tom Hanks' elitist, anti-American view of American history and, of course, celebrating Sarah Palin at every turn. My favorite recent headline  -- and I've linked to it, just in case you thought I made this up -- was "Is James Cameron a Genocidal Maniac?"  

One of Big Hollywood's pet causes is promoting the notion that if you're a conservative, working in liberal Hollywood is like trying to survive in an oppressive gulag-like Soviet state where everyone has to conform to a rigidly controlled form of liberal political thinking. The site features an interview with "Northern Exposure" actress Janine Turner, who's launching a new organization, Constituting America, where she contends that "it's hard for conservatives in Hollywood because they're afraid to step out. Because when they do, there could be repercussions where they don't have work, and that can mean -- I think there are a lot of conservatives in Hollywood ... [but] no one is really willing to take the first step. And I don't blame them. I mean, it's affected my career too. And I think it’s hard ... when you step out as a conservative, it’s just such a – the environment is very left, very, very different to our type of environment.”

Mystery novelist and screenwriter Andrew Klavan, a leading conservative activist, put it more bluntly: "There's a culture in Hollywood where if you're a left-winger, you can talk very openly.... If you go in to sell something, you can make anti-American, anti-military, anti-religious remarks, but I'm the kind of guy who's going to say, 'No, I disagree.' But that's pretty much the end of my sale. Whereas, if you're a conservative, especially if you're a religious person, people like that meet in secret, talk in whispers. It's a very disturbing kind of culture."

Being a Jew who grew up in the South, I sympathize with all oppressed minorities, but I think that conservatives need to get a grip here. Yes, Hollywood is lousy with liberals -- they're everywhere. That's a given, OK, just like where my family comes from, there's a Baptist church on every block. But where's the evidence that conservatives are denied jobs because of their political beliefs? For all the vague charges being bandied about, I've never heard any specific examples of suppression in action. If you're a conservative and can offer me chapter and verse, I will be happy to take up your cause.

And I will do the same for any liberals who can support their claim that they've been denied work in talk radio simply because it happens to be dominated by, ahem, a lot of moral absolutist conservatives. In both cases, I suspect that each field has strong political leanings because of greater cultural forces at work, not because of bias. But if you think you can prove me wrong, have at it.  

 

Photo: Janine Turner in the 1999 Lifetime drama "Barbara Taylor Bradford's A Secret Affair." Credit: Justin Canning / Lifetime

 
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I live in a town in the rural south that is overwhelmingly conservative. If you are not baptist or a tea bagger you had better keep your comments to yourself.

I live in a very red Houston and work in the energy sector. The prevailing assumption is that you are a conservative Republican, a Christian and that you despise Liberals. People are truly stunned when you correct them and "come out" as a life-long Democrat and proud Liberal. Nobody knows how to gracefully argue their point. They have taken their cues from Limbaugh and O'Reilly and simply try to shout you down, and are offended and stunned when there is a rapid and passionate response from a different point of view. Conservatives in Texas are always trying to move to the right of each other, just as Liberals used to, back in the day, move to the left. The current center is somewhere to the right of Richard Nixon, the debate is framed by caricature, nobody listens, and everybody is packing. The folks on the right are paranoid and imagine themselves unjustly persecuted when they lose an election. Hollywood conservatives are just singing this same tired song, which I've heard in Texas ever since Bill Clinton whupped George H. W. Bush.

Since when does a liberal need evidence of something to support a claim or theory? After 40 years of meddling by liberals our education system is a disaster. Rather than use the old system that produced some of the best minds of our times the liberals have made every effort to take the work out of schoolwork. The result, not surprisingly, is two generations of American kids who, if they even bothered to finish high school, are functionally illiterate.

The really out-there conservatives are becoming really good at playing the victim card.

I'm not talking about decent people who happen to be conservative - this applies only to those extreme reactionary right-wing people who talk about "libs", "moonbats", and use other inflammatory words to communicate their contempt for dialogue with those of differing mindsets.

I've lived here all my life. I'm old. I find it funny that they call Hollywood liberal. I really don't see it that way at all. In fact, over the past 20 years, I find that the more liberal of us have been hushed into silence and not the other way around. All one has to do is read the LA Times, watch our local media and news. It's very conservative.

But then this whole liberal versus conservative, democrat versus republican argument is obnoxious. Obnoxious because what is being defined as "Liberal" is not, and what is being defined as "Conservative" is not.

For a moment I thought the article was about famous actors in Hollywood but then I saw the picture of Janine Turner...

"its liberal hollywood thats keeping me from working, my lack of talent has nothing to do with it" cry me a river.

I think it's very interesting how he accuses conservatives of not showing examples when he shows no examples of having to hide his identity in the south except for of course baptist churches on "every street corner" which is not at all offensive. I'm not baptist but I am a Christian and I don't get offended when I see baptist churches, temples, or synagogues. There is a liberal bias everywhere I go. Last night I watched "The invention of lying". Where they accuses all religion of being a lie. I saw the preview for "Religilous" which also completely puts religion out. Every time I turn on the TV I see commercials about being environmentally friendly, being green, lowering emmisions. This including TV with a hint of liberalism in every comment on entertainment shows and bias on every news station except FOX. Should I have to deal with this every time I turn on the TV? Every time I go see a movie (coming from Uber Lib Hollywood) or Pat Goldstein raving about some fringe right wing sights from the liberal bubble of LA and not having to face any opposition because no conservative (except me) goes on the LA times page online and posts. You do not think with reason, you write with your angry feelings and none of your ideas are backed with reason. For good conservative ideas may I recommend to you Bill Oreilly, Charles Krauthammer, Dennis Prager, and Sean Hannity.

 
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