The newest closet for celebrities to come out of is definitely Conservatism. Just like in the McCarthy days, once you’ve been labeled a Conservative (or Lord forbid, a Christian) you are not only ridiculed but also somewhat blacklisted in Hollywood.
But slowly, many celebrities are coming out of that closet and not only declaring their love for America, but also their Conservative-based values. I’m personally attending a Hollywood Congress of Republicans meeting in which Scott Baio is the guest speaker. Yep, Chachi himself is a hard-core Republican who apparently spends lots of time Twittering anti-Obamaisms.
There’s even an underground group of Conservatives led and organized by actor Gary Sinise called “Friends of Abe” (after Abraham Lincoln). They quietly meet in restaurants and private homes—much like Tea Party groups, only with really famous attendees. They have to keep their meetings on the down-low for fear of retaliation from Hollywood liberals, so I imagine they’re more like “Conservatives Anonymous” than anything else.
Regarding the career dangers involved in being a member of ‘Friends of Abe,’ actor/singer Pat Boone said, “If certain studio execs – hirers and firers – learn that this is a movement and growing, and that some of these people that they hire are of this inclination, these people could be unemployed.”
I’ve written two articles about the ultra-liberal celebrities and while they’re usually very popular, I always end up with a stomach ache when I’m done. So instead of dwelling on the negative, I’ve decided to focus on some of these amazing “outed” Hollywood Conservatives.
Robert Duvall, life-long Republican introducing Sarah Palin in ’08: “It bothers me that certain people in the Republican Party are attacking the McCain-Palin ticket, like super-nerd George…What’s his name? George Will.”
Jon Voight: “We are witnessing a slow, steady takeover of our true freedoms. We are becoming a socialist nation, and whoever can’t see this is probably hoping it isn’t true. If we permit Mr. Obama to take over all our industries, if we permit him to raise our taxes to support unconstitutional causes, then we will be in default. This great America will become a paralyzed nation.”
Victoria Jackson: “I only woke up because we elected a communist. How can I hold it inside when I see people going off a cliff? I have to say, ‘You are going off a cliff.’ They just don’t dislike Christians, they hate God. You don’t know how liberal it is, even the Christians are communist. Do you see me on TV? No. Do you see me in movies? No.”
Ted Nugent: “The way that you eliminate bad and ugly is either through activism and policy making that never tolerates evil — instead of the liberal politically correct policy of accepting evil and accepting other points of views that destroy lives. We the thoughtful, productive people of American have got to take our freedom back.”
Pat Boone: “I’m an entertainer, a singer, an actor, a member of that privileged class that too often has acted like an aristocracy entitled to fame, luxury, mansions, millions of dollars, with no boundaries on behavior or responsibility for its actions, or the worldwide fallout of its immorality and decadence.”
Gary Sinise: Look, I’m an American citizen who happens to be in a position of — where I have some celebrity, and I feel like I want to do something with it to help give back. And if I can start a program that sends school supplies to the troops so that they can give these supplies to the kids and use my celebrity to promote it, that’s the way I can give back, and that’s the way I can help.”
Ted Johnson, deputy editor for Variety: “’Friends of Abe’ was formed with the idea that conservatives felt isolated in the entertainment business. This was an opportunity for fellowship.”
Shannon Doherty: “I realize that the majority of people in the entertainment business happen to be Democrats. I have no problem with that. And they should have no problem with the fact that I’m a Republican.”
Andrew Breitbart: “I think that the current burden is, if you’re getting off the bus into Hollywood now, the first thing that you’re taught is to go to certain social events, charitable events that are left-of-center oriented. So a young actress comes into town, realizes that if she’s seen at the correct charitable event and talks to the producers that go there, that’s one of the quickest entries into proper Hollywood these days.”
Roger L. Simon, Academy Award nominee and co-founder of Pajamas Media: “Sure, to some extent Hollywood is liberal territory. The way to change it is to go out and make a good movie — and it better be a good movie, because a bad conservative movie is worse than no conservative movie at all.”
Clint Howard (liberal Ron’s brother): “I’ve been in the movie business since 1961. I’ve made some dough, I’ve had a nice career, I really don’t care. I’m a conservative-minded guy.”
Dennis Miller: “Michael Moore simultaneously represents everything I detest in a human being and everything I feel obligated to defend in an American. Quite simply, it is that stupid moron’s right to be that utterly, completely wrong.”
Angie Harmon: “Here’s my problem with this, I’m just going to come out and say it. If I have anything to say against Obama it’s not because I’m a racist, it’s because I don’t like what he’s doing as President and anybody should be able to feel that way, but what I find now is that if you say anything against him you’re called a racist. But it has nothing to do with it, I don’t care what color he is.”
Scott Baio, talking to Glenn Beck: “Well, my wife, I campaigned for Reagan, for Bush 41, and so as far back you know, I’ve been thinking this way since I can remember. This is how I was raised. This is the neighborhood I grew up in. There’s certain beliefs that I have.”
Clint Eastwood: “I started out in, my first voting was for Dwight Eisenhower in 1952…I became a Republican then. And I always liked their kind of philosophy of less government, and watching the spending, and not spending more.”
Bruce Willis, reluctant Republican: “I’m a Republican only as far as I want a smaller government, I want less government intrusion, I want them to stop pissing on my money and your money, the tax dollars that we give 50 percent of, or 40 percent of, every year, and I want them to be fiscally responsible, and I want these…lobbyists out of Washington. Do that and I’ll say I’m a Republican.”
Trace Adkins, talking about the split between liberals and Conservatives: “You know, there is a split I, I would agree with you there, but I would have to say too, though, I know a lot of guys in the rock, pop world that are conservative. It’s just that they can’t really be that outspoken and out front with it because their fan base is not going to appreciate it.”
Kid Rock: “I actually have a nightmare that I’m going to wake up and everyone’s driving a Prius and living in a condo, but we’re all getting health insurance.”