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Bring back Hollywood blacklist
WorldNetDaily | 4 September 2003 | Joseph Farah

Posted on 09/04/2003 10:37:23 AM PDT by Hal1950

The United States is a "dumb puppy that has big teeth," according to American actor Johnny Depp.

I say we should make certain this scumbucket never works in America again.

That's right. I mean it's time to bring back the Hollywood blacklist.

In fact, I'd very much like to start compiling the blacklist right now – and I welcome your suggestions for additions. I'm sure I'm missing some real anti-American zealots.

Depp may be the latest offender, but he's such a lightweight on the intellectual scale that he hardly deserves to be first. So, let's reserve that position for Michael Moore.

Harrison Ford may not be the biggest offender in terms of statements he's made and actions he has taken, however, because of his star status, he is more than worthy of being on the list.

Then there are Martin Sheen, Mike Farrell, Sheryl Crow, Janeane Garofalo and the Dixie Chicks. There's Richard Gere and Sean Penn, Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover. George Looney – I mean, Clooney. Jane Fonda's been quiet lately, but throw her on to the list for past offenses. She belongs in the Hollywood Blacklist Hall of Shame.

Who am I forgetting? Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, of course. Ed Asner, even though he's a has-been.

Alec Baldwin and Barbra Streisand probably belong in the Hall of Shame as well.

There are many more, and I'm sure you will help jog my memory. But it's time to do something. It's time to silence these people. It's time to force them to get real jobs and perform real work and learn the unusual and undeserved blessings America has bestowed upon them.

I know. I know. You've heard the Hollywood blacklist of the 1940s and 1950s was a horrible thing – a great injustice. Nonsense. It was a good thing. It was the right thing to do at the right time in history. And, as America finds itself beleaguered in the world against – literally surrounded by – enemies who seek to destroy it, we cannot allow traitors privileged status in the entertainment industry.

Some of the brightest and most well-educated people in America today don't grasp the truth of what has become romantically known in the industry as "the Hollywood blacklist era."

That truth begins with this fact: Every single member of the "Hollywood 10" had indeed been members, or past members, of the Communist Party.

They never denied it – not under oath. Instead, they refused to answer the straightforward question from the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947: "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?"

Many in Hollywood today cling to the belief that their collective refusal to answer was based on a bold, principled stand against an inquisition into artists' personal political convictions. Almost no one understands that the refusal had nothing to do with principles and everything to do with Communist Party politics and self-preservation for the Hollywood 10.

As each member of the Hollywood 10 – Ring Lardner, Adrian Scott, Edward Dmytryk, Lester Cole, Dalton Trumbo, John Howard Lawson, Albert Maltz, Alvah Bessie, Samuel Ornitz and Herbert Biberman – refused to answer the key question, committee investigator Louis J. Russell, a former FBI agent, was called to the stand to produce the number of that person's Communist Party registration card for the year 1944. And, yes, each and every one had been a card-carrying member of the party.

Remember, this was during Josef Stalin's bloodthirstiest days in the Kremlin.

Why not tell the truth and defend your beliefs and associations? Why didn't they avoid contempt of Congress charges and jail terms by simply admitting they were party members? What were they ashamed of? What were they hiding?

Well, as it turns out, the refusal to answer was merely a tactical ploy, a matter of political expediency. You see, unlike today, when most in Hollywood and even many average Americans don't see communism or totalitarianism as particularly threatening to our national security or way of life, the situation was much different in 1947. Americans had just fought a world war with one brand of evil totalitarianism represented by Adolf Hitler and were prepared to fight another one with the evil represented by Josef Stalin. Everyone understood the Communist Party in the United States was an active agent of Soviet policy.

So, why did the 10 refuse to talk? Listen to what Ring Lardner himself said in an interview with Film Comment magazine in 1988: "We decided it was not a good idea to deny membership in the Communist Party, although some of our colleagues had done that before the California State Un-American Activities Committee. We just felt that there were too many stool pigeons and various other ways to find out, and you could get yourself in a much worse situation for perjury; it would be very hard to organize any sympathy around that."

Notice there was no discussion of simply telling the truth. The Communist Party was a secret subversive organization. Revealing yourself was not an option. The purpose of membership was to advance the cause of international socialist revolution in America by whatever means necessary. Hollywood, because of its wealth and influence, was a prime target.

While many in Hollywood today decry the effort to root out the communists as "censorship" and the unfairness of the blacklisting that followed, they conveniently overlook the fact that the communists instituted those practices in the movie industry. The challenge to the party arose principally because anti-communist writers, actors and directors of the late 1940s were infuriated by the highly secretive clique of communists systematically discriminating against their work.

Lardner, for instance, was among those who circulated a petition at MGM to halt production on a film he didn't like for political reasons. Trumbo, for example, boasted in a bylined article in the Communist Worker that, while Hollywood produced few "provocative" or "progressive" films, agents within the industry were able to spike "reactionary" and anti-Soviet scripts.

Ronald Reagan, Adolphe Menjou, Roy Brewer, Morrie Ryskind and others charged that the communists conspired to create opportunities in the industry for their political allies and to destroy them for their enemies.

Screenwriter John C. Moffit, for instance, commended the House committee for "taking steps to end the most dangerous censorship that has ever occurred in the history of the motion-picture industry and in the history of American thought."

But the tactics of the Hollywood 10 paid off in the long run. Yes, it's true they served brief jail terms for contempt, and those with studio contracts were fired. Most, however, managed to continue writing for the silver screen under pseudonyms. And just over a decade later, the forgetful and forgiving nature of the American people had allowed them to receive screen credits again. Now they are heroes. All except for Dymtryk, who was sincere in his denunciation of communism. He served the longest prison term of the bunch even though he had left the party before the committee hearing.

Real communists may be few and far between in Hollywood today. But there's a new breed of anti-Americanism deserving of punishment. A price needs to be paid for biting the hand that feeds Hollywood so well.

I don't think people should go to jail for their anti-American views. I just think they should never work in the entertainment industry again. If they like it better somewhere else, let them make films and television shows and records in that country.

I don't expect the Hollywood studios and the multinational entertainment conglomerates to stop hiring these reprobates. So, this time, America, the blacklisting is up to you. Make your list – and stop supporting movies, TV shows, TV sponsors, record companies, etc. which hire these louts.

Personally, I'm starting with "Pirates of the Caribbean."

© 2003

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blacklist; hollywoodleft; josephfarah; reds
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1 posted on 09/04/2003 10:37:25 AM PDT by Hal1950
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To: Hal1950
Personally, I'm starting with "Pirates of the Caribbean."

I persuaded the wife we didn't want to see this one after some of Depp's earlier remarks.

2 posted on 09/04/2003 10:42:32 AM PDT by Eala (There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. --Burke)
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To: Hal1950
They never denied it – not under oath. Instead, they refused to answer the straightforward question from the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947: "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?"

And remember, it was Senator Joe McCarthy...

3 posted on 09/04/2003 10:44:25 AM PDT by Eala (There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. --Burke)
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To: Hal1950
Given that I don't think there is statute of limitation on scumbuckets, I say we start with Janey.

4 posted on 09/04/2003 10:47:06 AM PDT by StatesEnemy
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To: Hal1950

5 posted on 09/04/2003 10:49:04 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: Hal1950
Don't forget Ed Harris (from 24 Jan 2003:

Ed Harris on Bush

Oscar nominated actor Ed Harris told a crowd of abortion rights activists in Washington Tuesday night that Bush failed to meet the criteria for the "definition of a man" because of his failure to support abortion rights.

"Being a man, I have got to say that we got this guy in the White House who thinks he is a man, who projects himself as a man because he has a certain masculinity. He's a good old boy, he used to drink, and he knows how to shoot a gun and how to drive a pickup truck. That is not the definition of a man, God dammit!" Harris said to wild applause.

6 posted on 09/04/2003 10:49:44 AM PDT by trebb
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To: Hal1950
That is very insensitive! Many of these folks don't look good in black. Why not hire some of those especially sensitive young men from Hollywood to design a list of a more sentivive color (mauve? cinimon? hollyhock? etc.) Then when the names of the traitorous, American-hating coc**uckers are placed on the new list they won't feel so bad.

The problem with most of these folks is that they have been pampered by brown nosers for so long that they begin to believe that they really aren't very lucky no-talent hacks. They act out of a sense of inadequacy. They know they are grossly overpaid for what they do and considering how average they are and they try to compensate by taking the roll of the underdog without really paying a tangible price. The establishment of the Persimmon)?) List will help them put their future paychecks where their mouth is.

7 posted on 09/04/2003 10:51:28 AM PDT by Tacis
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To: Tacis
Darn, wouldn't it be easier, faster, and shorter to compile a list of "true American actors"?
8 posted on 09/04/2003 10:53:40 AM PDT by ampat
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To: Hal1950
Depp may be the latest offender, but he's such a lightweight on the intellectual scale that he hardly deserves to be first.

I don’t know. He’s been in a couple of good movies. “Dead Man” comes to mind – probably one of my favorites. “What’s eating Gilbert Grape” too.

I always wondered who picked his scripts for him. Like whether he went out of his way to pick obscure crap to do, or if he just took everything that came down the pike or what...

But you really can’t think of Johnny Depp without thinking of “21 Jump Street” – with a chuckle. What a completely un-believable (and unbelievably stupid) show.

Of course, you only need to be a marginal actor to look decent next to that DeLuise kid. I always laugh when I remember Depp playing his pretty-boy tough-guy role. Ha.


9 posted on 09/04/2003 11:12:42 AM PDT by Who dat?
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To: Hal1950
It wouldn't work; your presuming that there is a mainstream group in Hollyweird that would honor the blacklist.
10 posted on 09/04/2003 11:17:47 AM PDT by El Laton Caliente
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To: Hal1950
Just as a refresher, below is a list of H'weirdos to blacklist circulated on FR in June 2003.

"A list of anti-Bush/America Hollywood celebrities and entertainers so you can boycott them if you wish. Apparently the boycotting is working. Oscar ratings were down 25% from last year Dixie Chick sales are down 52% West Wing is down 20% Just making you aware of the list of celebrities who did, and continue to use their celebrity status to push their anti-Bush/American beliefs on the rest of the world. They are entitled to their opinion and each of us are entitled to spend our dollars where we want.

1 Robert Altman
2 Gillian Anderson
3 Ed Asner
4 Alec Baldwin
5 Kim Basinger
6 The Beastie Boys
7 Ed Begley Jr.
8 Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream
9 Harry Belafonte
10 Peter Boyle
11 Jonatha Brooke
12 Warren Brothers
13 Jackson Browne
14 Peter Buck and Michael Stipe
15 David Byrne
16 Diahann Carroll
17 Rosanne Cash
18 Don Cheadle
19 Dixie Chicks
20 Jill Clayburgh
21 George Clooney
22 John Cougar Mellencamp
23 Peter Coyote
24 Lindsay Crouse
25 Sheryl Crowe
26 John Cusak
27 Joan Cusak
28 Chuck D
29 Vincent D’Onofrio
30 Tyne Daley
31 Matt Damon
32 Rosario Dawson
33 Johnny Depp
34 David Duchovny
35 Olympia Dukakis
36 Kirsten Dunst
37 Fred Durst
38 Hector Elizondo
39 Missy Elliott
40 Cary Elwes
41 Mike Farrell
42 Mia Farrow
43 Laurence Fishburne
44 Jane Fonda
45 Harrison Ford
46 Bonnie Franklin
47 Jeanine Garafalo
48 Richard Gere
49 Melissa Gilbert
50 Danny Glover
51 Elliott Gould
52 Nanci Griffith
53 Robert Guillaume
54 Jake Gyllenhall
55 Maggie Gyllenhall
56 Woody Harrelson
57 Ed Harris
58 Emmylou Harris
59 Ethan Hawke
60 Dustin Hoffman
61 Ken Howard
62 Helen Hunt
62 Anjelica Huston
63 Chryssy Hynde
64 Jane Kaczmarek
65 Melina Kanakaredes
66 Casey Kasem
67 Sally Kirkland
68 Lenny Kravitz
69 Samuel L. Jackson
70 Yo La Tengo
71 Jessica Lange
72 Spike Lee
73 Jamie Lee Curtis
74 Tea Leoni
75 Kelly Lynch
76 Wendie Malick
77 Camryn Manheim
76 Marsha Mason
79 Richard Masur
80 Dave Matthews
81 George Michael
82 Michael Moore
83 Esai Morales
84 Alanis Morissette
85 Me’Shell Ndegeocello
86 The Neptunes
87 Chris Noth
88 Ed O'’Neill
89 System of a Down
90 Sean Patrick Flanery
91 Alexandra Paul
92 Sean Penn
93 Barry Pepper
94 CCH Pounder
95 Bonnie Raitt
96 Lou Reed
97 Carl Reiner
98 Tim Robbins
99 Charles S. Dutton
100 Susan Sarandon
101 Martin Scorsese
102 Tony Shalhoub
103 Martin Sheen
104 Kevin Spacey
105 Gloria Steinem
106 Cat Stevens
107 Oliver Stone
108 Marcia Strassman
109 Barbara Streisand
110 Loretta Swit
110 Studs Terkel
112 Lily Tomlin
113 Blair Underwood
114 Caetano Veloso
115 The View on ABC (Star Jones, Meredith Viera, Joy Behar)
116 Dennis Weaver
117 Bradley Whitford
118 James Whitmore
119 Robin Williams
120 Alfre Woodard
121 Noah Wyle
122 Spearhead
123 Run-DMC
124 Jay-Z
125 Bruce Springsteen
126 Willie Nelson
11 posted on 09/04/2003 11:49:15 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Hal1950
I mean it's time to bring back the Hollywood blacklist.

Bring it back? Every person carries a blacklist around with them at all times and not just for Hollywood. It's called a pocketbook/wallet. Don't like a product- don't buy it. Simple as that. Every time you choose one product over all the others, you have effectively boycotted all those other products. Easiest way to have a Hollywood blacklist is to simply not go and see the movie.

12 posted on 09/04/2003 12:38:43 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: El Laton Caliente; Hal1950; lilylangtree; Eala; StatesEnemy; Slings and Arrows; trebb; Tacis; ...
Posted on FR 4/8/03

Michael Bolton
James Caan
Robert de Niro
Robert Duvall
Dennis Franz
Mel Gibson
Kelsey Grammer
Tom Hanks
Goldie Hawn
Patricia Heaton
Charlton Heston
Marty Ingalls
James Earl Jones
Shirley Jones
Rob Lowe
Brian McKnight
Dennis Miller
Brittany Murphy
Joe Pantoliano
Brad Pitt
Kid Rock
Kurt Russell
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Tom Selleck
Ron Silver
David Spade
Fred Thompson
John Travolta
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Vince Vaughn
Bruce Willis
James Woods

Danny Aiello
Buzz Aldrin
Kim Alexis
Neil Armstrong
Denise Austin
Alan Autry
Frankie Avalon
Bob Backlund
"Sir" Charles Barkley
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter
Orson Bean
Catherine Bell
Belamy Brothers
Tom Beringer
Jan Berry of "Jan and Dean"
Clint Black
Lisa Hartman Black
Pat Boone
Ernest Borgnine
Bruce Boxleitner
George Brett
Jack Buck
Jim Bunning
Delta Burke
James Burrows
Kobe Bryant
Kirk Cameron
Drew Carey
Dixie Carter
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey of "KC and the Sunshine Band"
Chubby Checker
Tom Clancy
Dick Clark
Mary Higgins Clark
Van Cliburn
Harry Connick Jr
Robert Conrad
Charlie Daniels
Tony Danza
Doris Day
Bo Derek
C.C. Deville
Mike Ditka
Shannon Doherty
Jerry Doyle
Fred Dryer

Leslie Easterbrook
Clint Eastwood
Buddy Ebsen
John Elway
Chad Everett
Chris Evert
Jamie Farr
Brett Favre
Ric Flair
Glenn Ford
Haden Fry
John Gavin
Crystal Gayle
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Joe Gibbs
Mel Gibson
Clarence Gilyard
Rev. Billy Graham
Kelsey Grammar
Fred Grandy
Merle Haggard
George Hamilton
Jim Harbaugh
Paul Harvey
Patricia Heaton
Charlton Heston
Catherine Hicks
Hal Holbrook
Bob Hope
Dennis Hopper
Susan Howard
Lee Iacocca
Kathy Ireland
Dale Jarrett
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Jimmy Johnson
Christine Jones
Dean Jones
Shirley Jones
Jeff Kent
Bobby Knight
Yaphet Kotto
Steve Largent
John Larroquette
Tommy Lasorda
Jerry "The King" Lawler
Al Leiter
Mario Lemieux
Meat Loaf
Anne Lockhart
Heather Locklear
Mike Love
Susan Lucci
David Lynch
Loretta Lynn
James MacArthur
Norm MacDonald
Karl "The Mailman" Malone
Barbara Mandrell
Louise Mandrell
Jackie Mason
Johnny Mathis
Charles McCord
Reba McEntire
Bernard McGuirk

Linda McMahon
Gerald McRaney
Al Michaels
John Milius
Dennis Miller
Lorrie Morgan
Julianne Morris
Wendy Moten
Jim Nabors
Wayne Newton
Chuck Norris
Ted Nugent
Gary Numan
The Oak Ridge Boys
Mike Oldfield
Gary Oldman
Tom Osborne
Ken Osmond
Marie Osmond
Fess Parker
Jameson Parker
Joe Paterno
Joe Pesci
Richard Petty
Regis Philbin
Mike Piazza
John Popper
Laura Prepon
Jason Priestly
Kurt Russell
Nolan Ryan
Pat Sajak
Pete Sampras
Rick Schroeder
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Jon Secada
Tom Selleck
Paul Shanklin
Ron Silver
Ricky Skaggs
Paul Sorvino
Robert Stack
Nancy Stafford
Ben Stein
George Steinbrenner
Shirley Temple-Black
Dave Thomas (SCTV)
Fred Thompson
Dean Torrance of "Jan and Dean"
Joe Torres
Travis Tritt
Janine Turner
Val Venis
Jimmy (J.J.) Walker
Darrell Waltrip

Patrick Wayne
Ann Wedgeworth
Lisa Whelchel
Reggie White
Hank Williams Jr.
Martha Williamson
Noble Willingham
Bruce Willis
Tiger Woods
BeBe Wynans
CeCe Wynans
Steve Young
ZZ Top

13 posted on 09/04/2003 12:41:28 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Who dat?
But you really can’t think of Johnny Depp without thinking of “21 Jump Street” – with a chuckle.

I've heard a lot of peole say that. I've never seen 21 Jump Street though. My first impression of him was from Gilbert Grape and for some reason, this is what my mind always flits to when I think about Leo DiCaprio.

14 posted on 09/04/2003 12:43:19 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: lilylangtree
Robin Williams? He's gone and visited our troops in Afghansitan and other places. What's wrong with that?
15 posted on 09/04/2003 12:47:03 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: Liz
Some good names on there.

Dixie Carter. Always thought she was classy. Seemed like an authentic 'southern belle.'

And as to the 'blacklist', can I still watch 'Men In Black?' I know D'Onofrio's in the movie, but he gets killed REAL early... sort of...

= )
16 posted on 09/04/2003 12:48:55 PM PDT by Mr. Thorne (Happiness is gigs o' ram! Ooh! and a new video card! And the Diablo 1.10 beta!)
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To: Eala
That's too bad. You're missing the best movie of the summer.
17 posted on 09/04/2003 12:51:46 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Prodigal Son
Just reprinted as a refresher the "Boycott H'weirdo" list that circulated on FR about June. (Keep in mind that I didn't originate the list.) If his name is on the list, he opposed deposing Hussein and our country's and our prez' actions in Iraq.
18 posted on 09/04/2003 12:53:26 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: lilylangtree
Lots of people on Free Republic opposed it as well and they are- one and all- good Americans. What? A person can't have his own opinion nowadays?
19 posted on 09/04/2003 12:57:04 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: Mr. Thorne
Aw, go ahead and watch it. LOL.
20 posted on 09/04/2003 1:31:45 PM PDT by Liz
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