Shifting Pixels in the Entertainment Industry?

Craig Covello
September 20, 2010 Posted by Craig Covello

This morning, I thought I would spend some time researching recently uttered celebrity quotations related to politics. Specifically, I was looking for extreme left wing viewpoints. The results were a little different. There’s not much out there since Barack Obama took office.  After 90 minutes of looking, here’s all I came up with…

John Cusack

“I am for a satanic death cult center at Fox news headquarters and outside the offices Ordick Armeyland Newt Gingrich and all the GOP welfare freaks…”

Tom Hanks

“Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as yellow, slant eyed dogs that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?”

George Clooney

“It’s quite amazing that liberal nowadays has become a swear word as in the history of our country it always meant to be on the side of justice. It started with the witch-hunt in Salem, the Conservative’s point of view was to burn them at the stake and the Liberals point of view was there are no witches. And that’s how it continued with the civil rights movement and women’s suffrage. The Liberals were always right in the end”.

Robert Redford

“From day one, Barbara (Boxer) has been a champion for environmental protection in the U.S. Senate. Without her there to lead to fight, I fear that instead of learning the lessons of this moment and moving forward, we could find ourselves looking backward…. like Sarah Palin, Carly Fiorina is a strong supporter of “drill, baby, drill”-even in the wake of the BP disaster in the Gulf.”

Tim Robbins.  In an interview with politico, he was quoted as saying

“If you’re talking about certain actors who say because they’re conservative they suffered unfair treatment in Hollywood, I’d check out the weekly salaries other television shows. I don’t see how you can earn $1 million per episode and consider yourself oppressed”

“Why have the only people who benefited from Republican rule been millionaires and billionaires?  Follow the money.”

(For the record, Robbins contributed to the Michelle Bachmann’s campaign in 2006. It’s also reported that he donated to other Republican candidates as well. Robbins was once one of Hollywood’s most outspoken liberal actors, so perhaps he’s had a change of heart)

Al Franken

“There is no liberal echo chamber in this country.  There’s a right-wing echo chamber.  I want to create any countervailing echo chamber.”

“I think some people hold George W. Bush in high esteem because they watch Fox. And they get their news from Rush Limbaugh. And they are fooled”.

“Republicans are shameless d**ks. No, that’s not fair. Republican politicians are shameless d**ks”.

And of course,

“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!”


Admittedly, I didn’t spend much time on this exercise, but that it seemed reasonable to expect much more after 90 minutes of Google searches.  And with the exception of Cusack and Franken, what I did find was relatively inoffensive to my conservative sensibilities.  While I disagree with their quotes above, at least most of them are not vicious, assuming of course they were published accurately by the various Internet sites visited.

There was a time a few years back when the entertainment industry was extremely vocal regarding not only the Bush administration, but most Republicans as well. It’s worth noting that the Republicans were really Democrat-light during those years, so I’m sure that most entertainers held the belief that conservatives were from another planet.  But today, there seems to be a deafening silence from many the acting community. Perhaps they are embarrassed by the dishonesty of this administration. That could be the reason why few in Hollywood are visibly carrying the water for Barack Obama. It might also explain why Barbara Streisand was a “no-show” at the Democratic fundraiser she held for Obama in Los Angeles.

In fact, the most of the vocal and outrageous secular-progressive statements being made these days seem to be coming from the White House, as well as a handful of Democratic congressmen and liberal media pundits. In contrast, other Democrats who are campaigning for reelection seem to be distancing themselves from Obama.  At least that’s my perspective.

And there seems to be another encouraging trend. Several websites, including and, have published the names of entertainers who, according to these sources, openly hold themselves out in the Hollywood community as either Republican or Conservative. They include:

Trace Adkins

Danny Aiello

Lee Ann Rimes

Scott Baio

Stephen Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Tom Behringer

James Belushi

Pat Boone

Ernest Borgnine

Wilfred Brimley

Jerry Bruckheimer

James Caan

Kirk Cameron

Drew Carey

Adam Carolla

Jon Cryer

Lionel Chetwynd

James Cohn

Robert Davi

Bo Derek

Robert Duval

Clint Eastwood

Lou Ferrigno

Andy Garcia

Mel Gibson

Kelsey Grammer

Angie Harmon

Elizabeth Hasslebeck

Patricia Heaton

Naomi Judd

Lorenzo Lamas

Heather Locklear

Susan Lucci

Dennis Miller

Craig T. Nelson

Chuck Norris

Ted Nugent

Johnny Ramone

John Ratzenberger

Pat Sajak

Adam Sandler

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Tom Selleck

Ron Silver

Jessica Simpson

Gary Sinise

Sylvester Stallone

Ben Stein

John Stossel

Janine Turner

Jon Voight

Cindy Williams

Bruce Willis

James Woods

David Zucker

Whether or not this list is 100% accurate may be open to debate, but it certainly does include names we all recognize, not only for their talent, but also for their advocacy of conservative values.

As with many articles published on this website, I started with a premise that took a U-turn after doing some research. The intent was to review scores of extreme secular-progressive statements made by some of my favorite actors. I expected to be incensed to the point of trashing half of my DVD collection. Instead, there were several in Hollywood who appear to be on the right side of the aisle. So perhaps I shouldn’t act in haste when reevaluating the movies on my shelf.

Besides, we just bought a new plasma TV, and the pixels appear to be shifting.

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3 Responses to Shifting Pixels in the Entertainment Industry?

  1. Frank DeMartini on September 23, 2010 at 11:56 am

    John Cusack and Al Franken are radicals. As for Tom Hanks, was he even alive during WWII. How can he even remember. However, what he says does make a little sense.

    As for Tim Robbins, maybe his change of heart explains his break up with Susan Sarandon. She is about as far to the left as possible. If he has starting giving money to conservatives, then maybe that explains the split.

  2. Shu Bailey on January 28, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Bruce Willis is so crazy! He is a very skilled actor!

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