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Those Hollywood rights… April 29, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

I’d never heard of the ‘Friends of Abe’, apparently a low profile group of conservative Hollywood actors – mind you can’t have been that low profile, it had 1,500 members. Though members were initially sworn to secrecy. Why so? Because:

[it was] a refuge from what they see as Hollywood’s bullying liberal ethos.
It was the one place where many of its members – actors, producers, writers and technicians – felt safe from liberal sneers and potential retribution.
“As a conservative, if you expressed your political views at work you would be weeded out,” said Jack Marino, a film-maker. “At Abe events we could get together over dinner and hang out with our own kind and speak freely.”

Anyhow, as reported in the Guardian, the it could well be that the Trump effect continues to work its magic on the US right.

…on Thursday the organisation – which counts Jon Voight, Jerry Bruckheimer and Kelsey Grammer among its 1,500 members – made an abrupt announcement: it was dissolving.
“Effective immediately, we are going to begin to wind down the 501 c3 organization, bring the Sustaining Membership dues to an end, and do away with the costly infrastructure and the abespal.com website,” the executive director, Jeremy Boreing, told members in an email, a copy of which the Guardian has seen.
“Today, because we have been successful in creating a community that extends far beyond our events, people just don’t feel as much of a need to show up for every speaker or bar night, and fewer people pay the dues that help us maintain that large infrastructure.”

Hmmm… does that sound like a definition of success? Not to me it doesn’t. Or to the Guardian.

The announcement caught members by surprise and fueled speculation that infighting over Donald Trump’s candidacy, among other factors, had drained commitment. Others said the group had been losing steam for years.
Instead of electrifying the organisation, California’s 7 June primary, a final and potentially decisive showdown between Trump and his GOP rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich, appeared to frazzle it.


Lionel Chetwynd, a producer and screenwriter and co-founder of the FOA, recently spoke of the primary campaign causing a “civil war in slow motion”, which fractured friendships and shredded solidarity.

It’s funny reading the list of members – there’s a lot who I like as actors. Grammar, Gary Sinise, and I’ve a certain odd degree of sympathy (misplaced no doubt on my part) for them in regard to the difficulty of holding different political convictions in certain environments. In the early 1990s I worked for an offshoot of the Murdoch empire, in my office alone three of us were paid up members of the British Labour Party, myself included, but it was months of working closely together before we discovered that and it was an affiliation that we all kept very very quiet about. The funny thing was that that sentiment, leftwards I suppose one could call it, was much much more general in the company and related companies (we shared a floor or two with other Murdoch owned companies), than might have been thought.

The day Thatcher was unceremoniously evicted from office a massive cheer went around the floor at the moment the news broke.


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