We trust that Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, was treated to a more accepting, if not supportive, audience when she participated in a conversation Aug. 16 with Aspen Institute President (and Georgetown resident) Walter Isaacson, part of the 2006 McCloskey Summer Speaker Series being held in the Colorado Rockies.
If you weren’t watching C-SPAN over the Aug. 12-13 weekend, the cable channel aired the Aspen Institute’s recent panel discussion featuring Hollywood heavyweights Norman Lear (“All in the Family”), actor and filmmaker Sydney Pollack (“Tootsie,” “Out of Africa,” “Absence of Malice”), and author and filmmaker Nora Ephron (“Silkwood,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “When Harry Met Sally”).
One thing immediately became clear during this so-called “exchange of ideas”: while Hollywood likes to preach diversity and openmindedness, it wants little to do with a large chunk of the American population — Republicans and evangelical Christians.
Our three favorite answers (each met with resounding laughter and applause) to questions posed to the panel: If handed a script in which the hero was a conservative Republican, would they make the movie?
“I doubt it.”
Do you have friends who are evangelical Christians, or supporters of George W. Bush, or both?
“No, I don’t.”
Do any of you know one of the 23 percent of Americans who consider themselves evangelical Christians?
“No, and I am not ashamed of it. I just want to say that.”
Portions of the same discussion also were rebroadcast by “The Jerry Doyle Show,” which airs on more than 250 radio stations nationwide, including WTNT 570AM in Washington from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays.
The Talk Radio Network’s Lee Habeeb told Inside the Beltway on Aug. 15: “We had a blast with the sound because Jerry was actually a Hollywood guy — he starred in the cult sci-fi hit ‘Babylon Five,’ and lived the life of the Hollywood star before taking a run at a congressional seat as a Republican.
“So he had some great insights abouttheherdmentalitythatprevails in Hollywood. It drove him crazy.”