Just a quick link, today. I came across this news item on Fox.com: “Hollywood Conservatives Encouraged to Come Out of the Closet.”
The discussion about bias against conservatives in Hollywood is not particularly surprising, but I still found the article amusing (and saddening). In particular, I liked this comment toward the end:
“Sean Penn is out dancing with dictators, and no one gives him flak. Instead they give him Oscar nominations,” says Klavan. “Jon Voight may have some semblance of job security, but he still has to be careful about what he says.”
Good observation. What some — like Mr. Penn, in particular — are able to get away with is really incredible. (The point about movies like “Rendition” being made these days was a good one, too.)
But that said, I thought the gallery of known conservative actors that they provided on the webpage was very amusing. Not because of the actors themselves: while I know little about each of them, I am fond of the performances of many of them. Rather, the list was so predictable, because — it seems — the collection of Hollywood Conservatives is so small.
It reminded me of popular texts on evolution. When the authors choose to trot our examples of supposedly “well established” evolutionary chains of ancestry you always tend to see the usual suspects: some supposed whale ancestors, some supposed horse ancestors, and some supposed human ancestors — sometimes capped off with an Archeopteryx or “feathered dinosaur” (the latter being all the rage these days). Fairly predictable.
I don’t intend this to be an evolution-themed post, and I’m certainly not looking for an argument, but still… While I respect them very much for their abilities and the skill they bring to their trade (and I respect them for their courage and for standing up for their views in a culture that often abhors those views), seeing Kelsey Grammer, Gary Sinise, and Patricia Heaton, it felt as though I was viewing Archeopteryx, Ambulocetus, and Eohippus.
And, truly, that is a comment on Hollywood more than it is the actors I’ve listed.
Now, if a currently-successful, well established Hollywood denizen raises his hand and reveals that he is a Bible-believing, Sabbath-and-biblical-holy-day-keeping Christian, then I will feel as though I have seen Bigfoot.