Skip to comments.Voight ignites a blog storm in Hollywood (big lib backlash)
Posted on 08/06/2008 11:41:10 AM PDT by STARWISE
Jon Voight intended to turn heads with the very strong points in his Washington Times op-ed last week (titled: Voight: My Concerns For America ~ Obama sowing socialist seeds in young people). But he probably didnt expect so many of them to reside in Hollywood.
In a sign of the growing interest in politics this election year, bloggers who normally focus on the entertainment industry are expanding their presence in one of the Internets other spheres of influence.
Voights piece slammed Democratic candidate Barack Obama, praised GOP contender John McCain, and even repudiated his own Vietnam War protests as the naïve flailings of a deluded youth. It was a stunning bit of self-revelatory memoir from the now-conservative Coming Home star.
The political blogsosphere, of course, went ballistic. Then Jeffrey Wells, who runs the movie and pop culture site Hollywood-Elsewhere.com, took Voight to task for his right turn, and wrote that if he were a studio executive he might think twice before hiring Voight for any future film work. [Voight is] obviously entitled to say and write whatever he wants, wrote Wells. But it's only natural that industry-based Obama supporters will henceforth regard him askance.
Honestly? If I were a producer and I had to make a casting decision about hiring Voight or some older actor who hadn't pissed me off with an idiotic Washington Times op-ed piece, I might very well say to myself, Voight? Let him eat cake.'"
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
"Breitbart: "I've told celebrities who are conservatives to beware when they come out as conservatives. John Voight just is a courageous man."
Breitbart references Peter Bart in the above segment, and how powerful a player he is in Hollywood, as the editor of Variety. Here's his slam against Voight, upon reading his op-ed piece:
"Personally, I appreciate Voights fervor, but worry about his intellectual equipment. I remember that moment in the early 70s when Paramount offered Voight the lead role in Love Story, opposite Ali McGraw. Voight had just achieved stardom thanks to Midnight Cowboy and suddenly had his choice of roles.
As a young production executive at the studio, I was trying to push Love Story forward and joined colleagues in trying to interest Voight in the part. However the more we prodded, the more reluctant he became.
He finally blurted: The character in this movie is a Harvard student. Hes bright. He reads books. I could never be believable as that smart young guy.
Reading Voights op-ed piece these many years later, I realize how right he was.
So, I guess our voices will be heard in the box office dollars those crazies DON'T GET from us.
BTW, Breitbart is married to Orson Bean's daughter. Always loved the witty Orson, who was actually blacklisted back in the 60's, when he was a liberal. He woke up years ago, and has been married to Alley Mills, the Mom in The Wonder Years, since the early 90's.
Brave men and women are speaking out. I hope they are ready for the assault that will come.....
one brave guy in Hollyweird
Big shocker Hollywood is already firing up the blacklisting machine because Voight doesn’t support their messiah. I’m sure Voight knew exactly what was going to happen and was willing to take the chance of studies blacklisting him. Hollywood needs more like him, instead of the spoiled limousine liberals that permeates most of it like a flesh eating virus.
Thanks for posting the link to Voight’s editorial, STARWISE. I’d heard about it, but hadn’t read it.
Voight’s career has pretty much been dead for a while now - except in movies where his daughter has any control or leverage.
For those that don’t know, Voight’s daughter is Angelina Jolie, born Angelina Jolie Voight.
Voight endorsed Guliani earlier this year.
How do you figure his career is dead? He was in the National Treasure films, Transformers and has a recurring role on 24.
Bean was/is a brilliant comic and had a unique, humerous view back then. I always suspected he was really conservative but played lib to keep out of trouble. Perhaps it backfired and made the transition easier. IIRC he was on the Jack Paar show quite often with Hermione Gingold and Dodie Goodman.
My pleasure ... I want to write to Jon Voight and thank him .. he’s really a stand-up guy (and swoony, too........ ;)
The left is always blacklisting and censoring.
The left are such hypocrites.
What's her control or leverage over the "National Treasure" series - another one in the making?
He looks just a bit like John Wayne.
I didn’t say his career was buried yet. But it’s pretty much dead and been that way for a while. National Treasure wasn’t a signficant movie series, really.
Either way, though... if it wasn’t dead before, it sure is now. Of course, he’s probably thinking that he’s going to retire anyway, so he’s got nothing to lose.
“He was in the National Treasure films, Transformers and has a recurring role on 24.”
....and soon to star in Zucker’s new conservative blockbuster feature film.
And oh yes, it most definitely WILL be a blockbuster.
I knew that Voight would catch some crap when I read his piece in the Wash. Times....but nothing will come of it in the long run...Hollywood is so self absorbed these days that all they can think about is getting themselves photographed on the red carpet...those people are basically political illiterates....they’re not smart enough to even understand his points.
There aren’t many actors I’m willing to watch, since I avoid the liberals, and I was delighted to find that Jon Voight is a conservative.
Jon and Angelina have been estranged for years. I doubt she has helped him obtain any parts and the one’s he has gotten have been based on merit.
Stone will probably have President Bush firing the gun that killed Kennedy.
John’s not an A list actor so most in Hollywood don’t really care what he writes or thinks.
Via Pitt to Bruckheimer, of course.
So much for “everyone is entitled to their opinion” when you then condemn him for having one that isn’t the same as yours. And the point he made was that as a naive young man who went along with the liberal agenda of Hollyweird changed when he got older and “saw the light”.
Jolie and Voight have been estranged since Tomb Raider. Since then he has played in over 20 movies with no help from his daughter. His career is far from dead.
Erm, not watched the Tomb Raider movies, then?
Voight plays Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie’s) father.
Hm, I type corrected then.
Either way... if it wasn’t dead before, it sure is now.
I love Orson Bean, Andrew Breitbart, AND Jon Voight. I also protested the Viet Nam War in that misguided era, byt when all those boat people were arriving on our shores amidst the slaughter from Uncle Ho, I sort of woke up.
Now, as a conservative RN working in a NIC, I always refuse to take care of babies of liberal parents. Riiiiiight.
Has Tom Selleck done anything but bit roles and straight to DVD westerns lately? Seems he’s been pretty well silenced.
I always thought Newt Gingrich sounded just like Orson Bean.
The hollywierd crowd all think very highly of themselves even in the face of historical financial realities that clearly demonstrate otherwise. When our economy slows down the first thing in this country to suffer financially is the movie industry. History has proven time and time again that the hollywood funny farm is expendable and the rest of the country can get along just fine without them and their inflated opinion of themselves. Just because people can play make believe doesn't mean they are an expert at anything. Most of the hollywood celebrities live in a warped culture of misguided, misplaced, or constantly changing values. They get paid to make believe that they are important people and soon come to believe in their own fantasies. The rest of us know better.
>>Voight? Let him eat cake.’”
Liberal calling for a black!list. Oh, the irony.
I have a soft spot for Voight. I heard him on Sean Hannity at one of the Freedom Concerts. Voight was talking about the troops that are coming back injured and he broke down and started crying. He was totally overcome with emotion. Rumor has it that he and his kids are trying to reconcile and I hope it’s true because he seems to be a great guy.
Just like Robert Conrad.
Thanks for that tidbit.
There’s rather a lot more of that than we assume.
Hollywood is strife with offspring making it big with changed names, sometimes, sometimes not.
For those that dont know, Voights daughter is Angelina Jolie, born Angelina Jolie Voight.
Can you name one project that Jon Voight was involved in that was as the result of Angelina Jolie's control or leverage? It seems like he has had a steady, prosperous career since he has left the ranks of leading men.
“Jolie and Voight have been estranged since Tomb Raider. Since then he has played in over 20 movies with no help from his daughter. His career is far from dead.”
Finding a sensible conservative in Hollywood would be like finding a perfect pearl just laying there in the sand. Rare, rare, rare.
Jon Voight is a good actor. He played the late Pope John Paul as an older man in a TV movie and he was excellent.
These Hollywood types remind of a family I used to know who were closed minded and stupid (but immensely critical and nasty to others).
One day I mentioned to one of them that I was reading a new book (probably a biography!) after I had just finished one and this person said “You’re reading ANOTHER book?!)
What can you say to that.
“The left is always blacklisting and censoring. “
The left is intolerant of the views of others.
In case he’s a lurker or a FReeper, we’re with you Jon! Kick a$$!
geez- he Looks like orson bean in that photo!
You wuld think that with all the railing they do against ‘McCarthyism’ the hollywood liberals would recognize it when they are guilty of it.
Selleck was never a movie star to begin with. And he’s had recurring roles on ‘Boston Legal’ and ‘Las Vegas’ recently.
Levin FRiends of Voight ping
Besides meeting together, the Hollywood right is now teaming up to create an upcoming movie called "An American Carol" which pokes fun at anti-Americanism among liberals and how their disdainful attitudes sometimes end up helping Ameria's enemies. All of this is detailed in Hayes's article. This is a movie every conservative needs to see.
Kudos to director David Zucker for coming up with the concept and for being willing to come all the way out of the conservative closet.
Article here at Newsbusters.org:
You don’t think the Arts are important to American culture?
The fact that this is making news says more about Hollyweird than they really want, I am guessing.
And let's not forget Gary Sinise, who's been backing up our troops for years, visiting them in far flung bases with his Lt. Dan Band, as well as funding his foundation, which furnishes school supplies for Iraqi kids. God bless him!
A group of politically conservative and centrist Hollywood figures organized by actor Gary Sinise and others has been meeting quietly in restaurants and private homes, forming a loose-knit network of entertainers who share common beliefs like supporting U.S. troops and traditional American values.
The G.I. Film Festival took place in Washington, D.C. in May 2008. Check the link for the entertainment industry folks who participated.
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