Saturday, August 21, 2004

Closet Conservatives in Hollywood?


August 21, 2004 -- IS there a growing cadre of closet conservatives in Hollywood?
In an exposé on secret Hollywood Republicans in its upcoming September issue, Details magazine unmasks a host of stealth celebrity conservatives, including Adam Sandler, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Simpson and Shannen Doherty.
According to Details, the Republican National Committee has been quietly circulating a list of GOP-supporting Hollywood celebrities in the hopes of offsetting the Democratic Party's A-list star power, which includes liberal luminaries such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts and Leonardo DiCaprio.
But many on the Left Coast are reluctant to come forward with their conservative convictions. Rather than face Democratic venom at Tinseltown parties, most of the stars on the Republican list have chosen to conceal their political leanings, and some even live in fear of being blacklisted by the leftie powers that be.
Pop princess Mandy Moore, whose name appeared on Details' list, vehemently denied any affiliation to the Republican party via her publicist, who emphatically stated that "Mandy is not, nor has she ever been, a Republican."
In a piece appearing in the same issue, powerful young Sony producer Mike DeLuca comes clean on what it's like being an open Republican in Hollywood, telling horror stories full of screaming environmentalists, vandalized cars, and being looked at like "you've recently been exposed as a serial killer."
DeLuca blasts hypocritical Hollywood liberals: "They scream about the environment before they hop onto their private jets and blow 8,000 pounds of fuel getting to the Hamptons. Maybe the anger stems from the fact that the left is out of power, or maybe it's because creative people are passionate by nature and prefer emotion to facts."

Seeking strength in numbers, some Bel Air conservatives have found solace at the Wednesday Morning Club meetings held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Republican Hollywood players can rub shoulders with like-minded colleagues. But these are still lonely times for most of them.
DeLuca sniffs, "The country may be polarized, but Hollywood is in lockstep behind Babs [Streisand] and Whoopi [Goldberg] and [John] Kerry."