Rock the vote!
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Stack that deck!
Sorry that you've fallen out of favor with Bill Maher. Maybe Glenn Beck will give you a chair on his surprisingly low-rated CNN show. As for Elizabeth Hasselbeck, her position on "The View" is quite secure -- which is more than can be said of her arch-enemy, Rosie, who is now given to bizarre pronouncements that the show's ratings (much-improved since her loud mouth was replaced by Whoopi Goldberg's far more temperate one) must be a work of fiction.
As for your notion that "the decks are always stacked against conservatives in liberal Hollywood," then I can only say -- as Bogart murmured to Bergman about Paris in "Casablanca" -- you'll always have radio. There, scarcely a liberal voice is heard above the din of Rush and his many imitators.
Orson Bean is your father-in-law? Mazel Tov! How well I remember him in Rosalyn Drexler's "Home Movies" at the Judson Church -- run by the Gay Agenda's John the Baptist, the Rev. Al Carmines. And he was marvelous in "Being John Malkovich" -- one of the most imaginative films ever to come out of the liberal-run Hollywood you so despise. What he says about "the help" has always been the case in Hollywood, whether it was run by Louis B. Mayer or -- as you now believe -- MoveOn.org. Meanwhile, Mr. Bean's "Dr. Quinn" co-star, Chad Allen, after having been "outed" by the tabs via photographs of same-sex hot tub dalliances, now works on cable shows and independent films of limited release potential. The "gay agenda" must surely need a tune-up if he's not as big a star as Tom Cruise.
As for the "straight agenda," it's run into some snags as well. That "20/20" report you cited Thursday, claiming that Matthew Shephard was killed over a drug deal rather than homophobia, got about as much traction in the media as it did at the trial, where it was never introduced by the defense for painfully obvious reasons. A number of films about Shephard may have been put into "development," but the only one of any value was "Anatomy of a Hate Crime," superbly directed by my old High School of Music and Art classmate Tim Hunter (of "River's Edge" fame). That "20/20" report did, however, offer the memorable sight of Elizabeth Vargas cheerily shaking hands with Shephard's killers upon interviewing them in jail -- surely an image the "CSI" shows should keep in mind for future episodes. ABC, meanwhile, has "learned its lesson," winning new glory with such high-rated gay-centric items as "Ugly Betty," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Desperate Housewives" -- the latter created by "Log Cabin Republican" Marc Cherry.
(I'm working on a "How can you tell when a gay Republican is out of the closet?" joke. Hope to have it before our online rendezvous is over.)
Now back to those poor, put-upon Hollywood "conservatives." Are they the victims of George Soros or "market forces"? Recently there's been no end of bitching and moaning that the controversial 2006 TV movie "The Path to 9/11" can't find a berth on home video. All-powerful ruler of the universe Hillary Clinton has been blamed because of the fact that the film claims her hubster, the president, didn't kill Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora when he allegedly "had the chance."
Of course, George W. Bush, occupier of the White House when 9/11 actually happened, hasn't shown any enthusiasm for eliminating its perpetrator whatsoever, memorably declaring that he is "truly not that concerned" about him. That's hardly surprising considering his family's close relationship with the Bin Ladens -- who were flown out of the country hours after the attack while ordinary citizens were unable to get a flight anywhere for weeks. As for Osama bin Forgotten, just recently mention was made that he's been sighted at ... Tora Bora. Do let Condi know, like a good fellow. I've no doubt you have her on speed-dial.
Returning to the "conservative" pity-party, the most important right-wing writer-director Hollywood has seen since DeMille, John Milius ("Apocalypse Now," "Big Wednesday," "Red Dawn"), has forsaken Tinseltown entirely for the lucrative cyber-shores of video-game creation. Shouldn't he be making "Red Dawn II: Al Qaeda in America"? Give him a nudge, won't you? I'm sure it would be as big a box-office winner as Mel Gibson's "NASCAR Jesus" (a.k.a. "The Passion of the Christ").
Having achieved not only box-office success but Oscar glory with "Braveheart" -- his epic tribute to 13th century Scottish face-painter William Wallace -- Gibson followed up with "Passion." But failing to see the wisdom of yet another film about the founder of Christianity, the major studios gave Gibson a pass on what has turned out to be his signature project. And, all glory to capitalism at its "invisible hand" best, the independently financed result was one of the greatest box-office bonanzas of all-time.
Perhaps "the suits in the suites" were disinclined to "green light" Mel because of the fact that his film was in Aramaic with subtitles and wasn't based on the New Testament at all, but rather "The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ" -- the anti-Semitic hallucinations of a bipolar 19th century nun, Anne Catherine Emmerich. While there was a small amount of muttering about how this adaptation chose to portray the religion from which Jesus sprang (the better to superceded), this was pushed well into the background once the box-office receipts for Mel's magnum opus started pouring in.
Seeing the error of its ways, Disney bankrolled Gibson's next production, "Apocalypto," another no-star epic, this time about the ancient Mayans, with subtitles for its decidedly obscure Yucatec Maya dialogue. Overflowing with gory images of human sacrifice that were somehow spared an NC-17 rating, "Apocalypto" suggests what the exploitation classic "Blood Feast" might have been like had it been directed by Vincente Minnelli. While it didn't ratchet up the numbers "NASCAR Jesus" did, it faired quite respectably. Which was a surprise to many because of the "public relations" nightmare created when its celebrated auteur was stopped by the cops in Malibu on a DUI and made a number of "intemperate" remarks about the Jewish people for reasons that remain obscure.
As always, money talks, and should Mel elect to make a film out of "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," I haven't the slightest doubt he'd get a backer -- even in "liberal" Hollywood.
(Hey, I think I've got that joke. You can tell when a gay Republican is out of the closet because he foxtrots rather than tapdances. We're here all week, folks!)
David Ehrenstein is a Hollywood journalist, blogger, and author of "Open Secret: Gay Hollywood--1928-2000."