Repub­li­cans at­tract far fewer en­ter­tain­ers to their big show

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

ST. PAUL, Minn. | The Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion had Kanye, Af­fleck, Moby and scores of other celebri­ties. By com­par­i­son, the Repub­li­cans have only a few bold-faced names at its of­fi­cial and un­of­fi­cial events, in­clud­ing Chris Daugh­try, LeAnn Rimes, Jon Voight, John Rich and the Beach Boys.

Mr. Voight, the Academy Award-winning ac­tor spot­ted roam­ing the halls of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion, said there are many con­ser­va­tives in Hol­ly­wood who will be­come more vo­cal as Elec­tion Day nears.

“There’s a whole bunch of con­ser­va­tives in Hol­ly­wood that might have been here,” Mr. Voight said in an in­ter­view with The Wash­ing­ton Times. “We’ll see them come out more and more. [The Repub­li­cans] will have good sup­port from our com­mu­nity.”

He lashed out against lib­er­als who “think Repub­li­cans are the en­emy” and against anti-Amer­i­can movies com­ing out of Hol­ly­wood.

“I am very an­gry with our com­mu­nity about the anti-Amer­i­can films. I have to say that,” he said. “I think we have to have a di­a­logue, es­pe­cially be­fore you could go out and take a slap against the United States of Amer­ica. We’re a force for good in the world.”

He was vo­cal in his sup­port for Sen. John McCain and run­ning mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Mr. Voight ex­pressed sym­pa­thy for her daugh­ter, once news leaked that the 17-year-old is five months preg­nant.

“Ev­ery­body knows the sit­u­a­tion. You do, I do, even though I’m a 69-year-old guy. We all know the sit­u­a­tion, and we can eas­ily, all of us, put our­self in the sit­u­a­tion that that gal is in. We give her our love. That’s all,” he said, his eyes wa­ter­ing.

“You can imag­ine what’s she do­ing in her room, wor­ry­ing, ‘Should I say this? What am I do­ing to do?’ All the drama that’s around that. We should be feel­ing for this kid.”

A hand­ful of other Hol­ly­wood types also have been vo­cal, in­clud­ing Mr. Rich of the coun­try mu­sic duo Big & Rich. At a Sept. 1 party hon­or­ing women in pol­i­tics spon­sored by Life­time Net­works and Right­Now, he sang his new song, “Rais­ing McCain.”

“He stayed strong, stayed ex­tra long til they let all the other boys out. Now we’ve got a real man with an Amer­i­can plan, we’re go­ing to put him in the big White House,” the song goes.

Mr. Voight and most of the other celebri­ties in town were here to pro­mote a con­ser­va­tive-themed movie de­signed to counter what they call anti-Amer­i­can­ism in Hol­ly­wood films.

“An Amer­i­can Carol” is a satire that fol­lows lib­eral ac­tivist and film­maker Michael Malone — a spoof of Michael Moore — cam­paign­ing to end the Fourth of July. He says that Amer­ica’s past and present are of­fen­sive and shouldn’t be rec­og­nized in the an­nual hol­i­day.

The lesser-know stars of the film, Kevin Far­ley and Robert Davi, im­me­di­ately cited di­rec­tor David Zucker as the rea­son they did the film, in sep­a­rate in­ter­views, and not its pol­i­tics.

Both glossed over the fact that the film has a con­ser­va­tive mes­sage, in­stead cit­ing that it’s good to have “dif­fer­ent” voices out in the me­dia and voic­ing sup­port for Amer­i­can troops.

When pressed about the movie’s con­ser­va­tive mes­sage, Mr. Far­ley said, “There is a need for a movie like this. Peo­ple are hun­gry for a movie like this.”

Some Hol­ly­wood con­ser­va­tives have been hes­i­tant to speak up about their pol­i­tics for fear of a back­lash against their ca­reers, but have qui­etly formed a loose-knit group called “Friends of Abe,” The Times re­ported in July. The group ral­lies around con­cepts such as Amer­i­can val­ues and sup­port­ing the troops.

Myrna Sokoloff, one of the writ­ers of the film, said the group has grown and that about 600 peo­ple, some as­so­ci­ated with the Friends of Abe, screened the film be­fore its pre­miere last week at the con­ven­tion.

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