(“Anita Gunn” is our resident Hollywood Insider PolitiChick. Anita works in the entertainment industry and gives us inside scoops, offering her unique perspective as to what it’s like being a Closeted Conservative in Hollywood. Anita has changed her name–and her constantly changing photos–to protect the innocent–meaning herself and/or her career… Editor)
Ever wonder why liberals in Hollywood can speak so freely about politics, but when conservatives dare to even put a conservative bumper sticker on their cars, they risk being ridiculed, ostracized and possibly losing work? Aren’t liberals supposed to be the “tolerant” ones—the defenders of the First Amendment? It turns out that “free speech” is meant only for those who agree with liberals. And that, in a nutshell, is why conservatives stay in the closet.
No doubt it’s been rough for all conservatives these past few weeks after the election, but most especially for those of us who work in Hollywood and are closeted. The celebrations, the gloating, the thanking of God (mostly by atheists) and the declarations that “conservatism is dead” were enough to drive any right-winger to drink at the office (discreetly, of course).
How the heck did this happen? Is it possible that the media, along with the propagandist celebrities, really did help President Obama win in a mostly center right country, notwithstanding an 8% unemployment rate and $16 trillion in debt? Did those dopey celebrity endorsements actually work? Did the faux war on women really resonate? Thanks to the giant mainstream media Obama-loving machine, they most certainly did.
Michael Walsh of the National Review wrote: “Four years from now the attenuation of the MSM will be even farther advanced than it is today, which means that the Republicans should immediately begin constructing their own media operation, one that exists independently of the series of the teetering black monoliths that line Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue near Rockefeller Center.” He went on to say, “The only way to beat the media is to replace the media — and if you don’t think the media won this election for Obama, you’re delusional.”
And what about the Benghazi scandal? Why did President Obama come out unscathed during the election?
Andrew Klavan wrote in The City: “Major news outlets, like ABC, NBC, CBS, and the still influential New York Times have now become so ideologically corrupt that they are engaging in the sort of Nixonian cover-ups they once prided themselves on exposing. Their studied creation of non-scandal scandals and non-gaffe gaffes on the right and their active suppression of such true scandals as Fast and Furious and Benghazi on the left amount to journalistic malpractice on behalf of the state.” Klavan added, “The late Andrew Breitbart understood the depth and extent of the problem better than the cooler establishment heads who wrinkled their noses at him. He declared a guerrilla war on the media in the name of truth. ”
The reality is that Democrats have a terrible message but are great messengers while Republicans have a great message but are terrible messengers. “Smaller government and self-reliance” should have been a much easier sell than a bloated, nanny-state Federal government apparatus replete with unsustainable entitlements. But somehow the media effectively made Obama look like Santa Claus while making Romney look like Scrooge.
Unfortunately, we’re now stuck with President Obama and his endless teleprompter speeches (have the remote handy so you can hit the mute button instantly), ObamaCare, higher taxes for all, more “investments” in the administration’s favorite corporate “charities,” more draconian regulations, a more unstable Middle East and, most damaging of all, the possibility of more activist justices like Justice Sotomayor and Justice Kagan being appointed to the Supreme Court. While it’s true that President Obama will most likely be replacing liberal justices, these new justices will be younger, more activist and can stick around for another 30 or 40 years. Undoubtedly they’ll start by dismantling the Second Amendment. (Please stay healthy Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas!)
But can we Hollywood conservatives fight the media behemoth in the future? The answer is yes, but only if we are willing to come out of the closet and get busy. After all, who better to create a new media apparatus than those of us who actually work in the entertainment industry, as we are well versed in the tricks of the trade? Many of us were liberal at one point, so we know how “they” think. Plus we’re just as creative, talented and “cool” as they are (if not more so). We’ve got the goods!
With the mid-term elections in two years and the 2016 election on the horizon, we Hollywood conservatives can be a voice to be reckoned with.
Publicist Angie Meyer told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column: “For the first time in a long time, conservatives in Hollywood are resisting the bullying from the left. They are ready to speak their minds.”
Lindsay Lohan and Stacy Dash surprisingly came out in support of Mitt Romney, joining an “out and proud” group of GOP-leaning Hollywood players like Scott Baio, Jon Voight, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Kelsey Grammer, Adam Sandler, Gary Sinise, Patricia Heaton, Bruce Willis, Gene Simmons, Stephen Baldwin, Joe Perry, James Caan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name more than a few.
If you can’t come out of the closet because it’s too risky, just do what I do – have an alias! “Anita Gunn” is speaking out more than ever. Recently, a follower on Twitter tweeted: “Stay mad Anita … it is only our passion that drives change.”
Love of country should outweigh complacency. And, there is safety in numbers.