With apolo­gies to Tin­sel­town

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS -

Well, it took a while, but the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter has fi­nally got round to apol­o­gis­ing for its role in the in­dus­try’s anti-com­mu­nist witch­hunts of the 1940s and 1950s.

In a fas­ci­nat­ing, some­times over­heated ar­ti­cle, Wil­lie Wilk­er­son, son of the trade pa­per’s founder, Billy Wilk­er­son, ac­knowl­edged that his dad har­boured a grudge against the ma­jor stu­dios af­ter fail­ing to set up his own film com­pany in the 1920s. Seek­ing re­venge for an imag­ined snub, Billy pub­lished names of sup­posed left-wing film pro­fes­sion­als as a way of un­der­min­ing the big stu­dios.

Wil­lie wrote: “On be­half of my fam­ily, and par­tic­u­larly my late fa­ther, I wish to con­vey my sin­cer­est apolo- gies and deep­est re­grets to those who were vic­timised by this un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent.”

This scar will take some time to heel.

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