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August 17, 2006

Change in Hollywood? Don't bet on it.

Conservative blogs are abuzz over the condemnation made by some Hollywood powerhouses concerning Hezbollah. Certainly, it is good to hear that there is some sense in L.A., but I would not get to excited about this. Some of the actors included are the following:
Michael Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Danny De Vito, Don Johnson, James Woods, Kelly Preston, Patricia Heaton and William Hurt...Directors Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Mann, Dick Donner and Sam Raimi also signed their names.
Haim Saban and Sumner Redstone also placed support in this ad. Most of the names are not surprises. Patricia Heaton is a known and active pro-life advocate, and James Woods and Bruce Willis are both conservative. Haim Saban, though a Democrat, has placed his support behind the reelection campaign of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and seeing the Spider-man films, Sam Raimi being included does not surprise me either (and it makes me all the more look forward to seeing Spider-man 3).

Still, where is the condemnation from Susan Sarandon? Alec Baldwin? Danny Glover? Indeed, Celiberal.com does not list any of these actors on their "Whine Rack" (the most liberal and outspoken members of Hollywood), and only Michael Douglas and Michael Mann are listed on the "Whine List" (less outspoken and less extreme but confirmed liberals). Is it any wonder that there is such a disconnect between Hollywood and the rest of America?

Applause should be given where due, and it takes a lot of courage to stand up to lunatics like Hezbollah, but the silence towards (and in some cases, the support for) terror from Hollywood is deafening. If actors feel that their pedestal should be used to push their political beliefs, then let us hope that more conservatives can find their voices there. Until then, it will be hard to take Hollywood seriously as they stifle and shun anyone to the right of them.