Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Catholic Actor Jon Voight Announces His Retirement from Acting in a Washington Times Op/Ed

The Cranky Conservative has the details.

In Hollywood, critizing Barack Obama and openly supporting Republicans = "announcing his retirement from acting".

Blacklists for brazen commies and their fellow-traveling sympathizers ... bad.

Blacklists for outspoken conservative and/or Republican actors ... good.

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8 Comments:

At 7/30/2008 7:54 AM, Blogger matthew archbold said...

When I read that op-ed I was stunned. And it's sad but I actually thought to myself, "That guy's never going to work again."

 
At 7/30/2008 8:04 AM, Blogger Donald R. McClarey said...

Actually it will have no impact on his career. Hollywood has no problem with a few high profile stars who have conservative views. Leftist activists in Hollywood can point to them and say, "See, who says the industry is intolerant of conservatives!" Now if he wasn't a star, it would have been as if he had never existed as far as Hollywood was concerned. Most conservative actors and actresses understand this and will conceal their political beliefs until they reach star level.

 
At 7/30/2008 8:13 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

I don't know, Don. I know of some pretty high-profile conservatives in Hollywood who nevertheless keep their politics to themselves.

Now, perhaps that's just because that's what conservatives generally do. We don't run around with signs and bumper stickers all over our cars obnoxiously proclaiming our political beliefs. We don't spout off and pontificate loudly in restaurants or on public transporation assuming that everyone else agrees right along with us. That's what leftists do ... and it carries over into how leftists in Hollywood behave.

Nevertheless, it is a fact that Hollywood is overwhelmingly leftist, and when even big-name conservative actors have to meet in virtual secrecy, then there's a problem.

The Hollywood left can continue to point to Voight as one of their token conservatives, but that doesn't mean he'll ever get meaningful work again.

 
At 7/30/2008 8:40 AM, Blogger Donald R. McClarey said...

We will see Jay. Voight will be an interesting test. Stars of the stature of John Wayne or Charlton Heston never seemed to suffer from identification with conservative causes because they were too big to touch. Voight isn't in that category although he clearly is a recognizable star, and it will be interesting to see how he fares.


Conservatives in Hollywood are starting to quietly organize. Gary Sinise has helped start "The Friends of Abe".

http://www.washtimes.com/news/2008/jul/23/hollywoods-conservative-underground/

 
At 7/30/2008 8:55 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Yeah, but the whole point of the story in The Washington Times is that they're having to meet in virtual secrecy.

 
At 7/30/2008 9:10 AM, Blogger Donald R. McClarey said...

True Jay, although considering that the story appeared in the Washington Times, I suspect that their efforts at secrecy have been less than successful! Also I rather think this may have been a story leaked by the organization since the Washingon Times certainly is a conservative friendly venue.

 
At 7/30/2008 12:27 PM, Blogger Jeff Miller said...

Jon Voigt is much like Dennis Miller in that they are 9/11 conservatives, but not in any way social conservatives.

I have heard Jon Voight several times on the Hugh Hewitt show and in context of security he gets it.

 
At 4/27/2009 2:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff,

I know this is a real old posting but I am pleased to tell you that John Voight is far more than a Dennis Miller conservative.

To be sure, Voight went through a, for lack of better term, "weird" spiritual period, esp. in the 1980's.

By the turn of the century he was slowy embracing his Catholic roots but still in a sort of, it is one beautiful way of expressing God among many.

He started out as a Hawk-conservative with little interest, if any, in social conservative issues.

However since his break with the Church in the 1970's or so, Voight has been moving back.

Even when I did not agree with some of Voight's opinions on faith, I did at least give him credit, he was an open, sincere, and honest man, who truly was searching.

I think 9-11 had something to do with his search quickening pace, but also, of course, when he portrayed John Paul II in the film. Some of his expereinces in Rome and Poland, as well as his meetings with Pope Benedict had a powerful effect upon him.

I recently read an interview Voight did for a Polish Catholic magazine (aimed at young people, but very orthodox.)

Voight identifies himself as a Catholic and a believer. As I said, he is an honest man, he is not saying that in the John Kerry sense. Previously Voight spoke of Catholic influences, or admiring this or that aspect of Catholic spirituality, when John Voight now declares himself a beliving Catholic, I can gurantee he means a loyal and practicing one as well!

-FD

 

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