The mainstream media did it again. By accident, of course.
This is how it usually happens.
Every year, a reporter admits that Hollywood conservatives fear being punished for voting as half of the country’s votes.
These reports do not lead to this shocking situation. It is always buried in the middle of the story, as if it were an anecdote to be considered, no more. Tell the artists who fear career termination if their voting patterns become public.
Newsweek’s article on 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 into massive control to keep Governor Newsom in office. Are you fighting the Tinsel Town trend? The few brave actors who are willing to go public with their conservatism.
They shared with Newsweek why they support Elder’s campaign and what the race means for California. Their arguments are sound, but certainly open to debate. That is not what is remarkable about the play.
Consider the first of two factors.
The article refers to Friends of Abe, a secret group of Hollywood conservatives. The group’s existence tells you everything you need to know about Hollywood’s unofficial blacklist. The old man died in the 1950s, a fact that Hollywood repeatedly relives through movies like “Goodnight and Good Luck,” “Trumbo” and “The Majestic.”
Liberal stars are shouting their opinions across the pop culture landscape, which is their right to do so.
Conservative stars? Most people hug privately and hope that their conversations will not be leaked.
It gets worse.
At its peak, there were about 2,500 entertainment workers in [Friends of Abe], even though it was dissolved after the IRS sought personal information from the organization.
It’s a story for another day, but a disturbing one.
Yet cultural observers have known about Friends of Abe for some time, though the membership form mostly remains secret. The more alarming anecdote then comes.
… a small gathering of former FOA members met privately at a restaurant in Southern California to discuss a pro-Elder strategy, a party hosted by a well-known comedian with dozens of appearances on television under his belt.
The comedian asked Newsweek not to name him fear that 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 all sorts of methods to spread the word, from social media to late night TV. No Hollywood conservative would deny them the all-American right, even if they would love the chance to engage them in a free and honest debate.
Meanwhile, conservative entertainers are falling into the shadows so that their GOP support does not become public.
This is no longer about President Donald Trump, the excuse used by some to alienate right-wing talent. In modern Hollywood, supporting a smart black politician for the governor’s race, provided he is a Republican, could jeopardize one’s career.
Let it sink in. Few apparently do.
No major media will read the Newsweek story and connect the scary dots. Vigilant columnists like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will not write a screed for The Hollywood Review about how un-American this scourge is.
John Oliver will not “ruin” Hollywood to revive the 50s era Blacklist in its new and repulsive form. And yet for right-wing Americans, it is the status quo, a natural byproduct of Cancel culture.
Vote our way, or risk losing your job in one of the toughest companies in the country.
This vote can be on Elder, Trump, Governor Ron DeSantis or any other GOP favorite. The lesson is clear. Hollywood, the land of so-called tolerance, has not learned the lessons of the McCarthy Era.
Instead, insiders took notes.