In round 4 of the verbal fight between Andrew Breitbart and David Ehrenstein over Hollywood politics, Andrew makes the conservative case against the suffocating effects of the party line enforced within the business. Andrew invokes the judgment of Orson Bean:
My father-in-law, Orson Bean, an author, comedian and actor, was once blacklisted as a Communist back in the ’50s. Ed Sullivan called him to say he could no longer book him on the show. Fifty years later, and after a sharp ideological metamorphosis, Orson says it’s harder now to be an open conservative on a Hollywood set than it was back then to be a Communist.
In his response, Ehrenstein argues that money talks and the market rules. This is a point that may apply to established stars, but what about those on the way up, or those who are not marquee names? Ehrenstein’s lips are moving, but he’s not saying a blessed thing.
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