Republicans attract far fewer entertainers to their big show
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.