The modern Hollywood "blacklist"
This from Dan Gifford:
We are accustomed to hearing about the 1950s official Hollywood blackballing of writers and others with suspected communist or even leftist leanings by "conservative" studio heads. But did an unofficial liberal Hollywood political blacklist replace it? Yes, it did. And award winning science fiction writer Neil Schulman
That contradicted the liberal politics of Law's writers. They dropped him and, according to what I heard, put his name on the whisper blackball grapevine. I first heard about the incident from a fellow ACLU board member who was an "LA Law" writer at the time. Neil wrote one of the more poignant "Twilight Zone" episodes and he is an example of the very liberal McCarthyesque bias that we are so accustomed to hearing does not exist.
Time to let the sponsors know you plan to go out of your way to patronize their competition!
Posted by: The Mechanic at March 23, 2006 01:12 PM
I work in the visual effects industry and have found it important not to reveal one’s conservative opinions. There are some in this industry who are apparently self-appointed thought police. If they suspect you are conservative will attempt to lure you into saying something politically incorrect so that you can be identified and eventually eliminated from this very small labor pool.
It is however acceptable to openly make the most outrageous, left wing, anti-establishment claims in THIS workplace without consequence. For instance, the morning of 9/11 I had to listen to a manager say, “You know we really deserve these attacks for our oppressive economic policies.”
Posted by: nobody at May 4, 2006 08:32 PM