October 06, 2004

Republican Celebrities

For those interested in mixing gossip and politics (generally a bad idea, I'd say) here's a list of conservative celebrities I found via Roger L. Simon's comments section. I don't know how accurate this is, but it's on Wikipedia which I've generally found pretty reliable.

Among those listed:

Stephen Baldwin - One of 'em was bound to join the Dark Side. Suck it up, Alec.

Bo Derek - This surprises me for some reason.

Dr. Phil - This doesn't surprise me a bit.

Gary Sinise - But he seems so sensitive. (Well, he is just acting. -Ed.)

Yaphet Kotto - Cool, in a stereotype-busting sort of way. (He's black.)

Denzel Washington. - Cool again. (See above.)

Leslie Nielson - He's not supposed to be a Republican. He's from Canada!

Alice Cooper - Guys like him seriously freaked out the Christian Right back in the day. Now he's the man. Heh.

Shirley Temple - She's still alive?

David Lynch - Proving that Republicans can be weird too. And I mean that in a good way. His movies rock. Except for Eraserhead. What the hell was that all about, anyway?

Yeah, I know. This is trivial and irrelevant. But it's fun to bust up stereotypes once in a while.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at October 6, 2004 04:58 PM

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my favorite actor, Gary Oldman, is a conservative.

Posted by: michele at October 6, 2004 05:06 PM

John Rhys-Davies (recently most famous as Gimli) should be on the list.

Posted by: Mark Poling at October 6, 2004 05:16 PM

i used to think all canadians were lefties too, until i started reading mark steyn. he`s a canuck, if i`m not mistaken...

also let`s not forget ron silver, of rnc fame.

and kid rock!

i have a feeling that the majority of conservative hollywood types are careful to kep their mouths shut about it...


Posted by: nathan in tokyo at October 6, 2004 05:57 PM

James Woods.

Posted by: spc67 at October 6, 2004 06:06 PM

God you all forgot Brittany Spears, how could you!

Posted by: Rick DeMent at October 6, 2004 06:08 PM

Ron Silver is voting GOP this election.

Posted by: David at October 6, 2004 06:12 PM

Hey Michael,

when are you going to admit that you've gone over to the Dark Side yourself. This fascination with the Right that you have doesn't strike me as merely academic anymore. Do it Michael. Embrace the Dark Side. It's not so bad over here.

Posted by: David at October 6, 2004 06:18 PM


I'll join the right on two conditions. Get the Christian Right a party of their own. And aim your tax cuts down instead of up. (I'm all for tax cuts. Just do it differently.)

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 6, 2004 06:40 PM

Michael, the latter is easy enough, and I think that the GOP is likely heading in that direction already...

As for the former, from what I have seen and heard, the "Christian Right" is going to experience a split in a decade or two, with part of it staying in the GOP (the more inclusive, God loves everyone regardless of of who they are part), while the more intolerant elements will take off, either to form their own party, or join up with the Reform or Constitution Parties.

Posted by: FH at October 6, 2004 06:43 PM

And don't forget Kelsey Grammer. Although he claims to be centrist, not conservative, he would like to run for public office as a Republican.

Posted by: YetAnotherRick at October 6, 2004 06:43 PM


Rick Heller (who sometimes posts here) wrote a post on Center Field the other day.

Over at Blogging Of The President, Jessie writes admiringly of David Brock, the ex-conservative now helming the liberal watchdog Media Matters. I've read Brock's memoir with interest. What gets me, though, is his ricochets from being liberal at Berkeley, running into wacko PC types and being driven toward conservatism, getting involved with the right fringe, and now pinging back to the liberal side. Why not stop in the center?

I write this seriously. It's easy to dismiss Brock because he's admitted to dishonesty in the past. He is conflicted. But there is a real person in there.

More broadly, there is a path trodden by many neoconservatives who started out liberal but were "mugged by reality." They rightly rejected some of the excesses of the left, but many unfortunately, have felt so great a need to be relevant that they turn a blind eye to the excesses of the right. Why shift from one extreme to the other? Why not stop in the center?
Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 6, 2004 06:43 PM


The Religious Right isn't so bad. All they want is for their kids to grow up in the same country they grew up in, the same country YOU grew up in. They're patriots. And no abortion of course. And they want the ACLU's war on christianity to stop. You can't handle that? Is that so bad?

That's a lot less freaky than some of the people you'll find over at the Democratic party, who hate their country and always side with our enemies.

Posted by: David at October 6, 2004 06:46 PM

David... they get a lot more extreme that that, trust me...

Posted by: FH at October 6, 2004 07:04 PM


what do you mean by extreme? No gay marriage? Is that extreme? You may not agree with their position, but it's not "extreme." Gay marriage is extreme, even though you may favor it.

Perhaps you should choose a different word than "extreme", because the worldview of the Religious Right has been the norm for this country since the very beginning.

Posted by: David at October 6, 2004 07:09 PM


Here's an example.

DeMint, a Greenville congressman, said the government should not endorse homosexuality and “folks teaching in school need to represent our values." Tenenbaum, the state education superintendent, called DeMint’s position "un-American." DeMint said after the debate that he would not require teachers to admit to being gay, but if they were "openly gay, I do not think that they should be teaching at public schools."

The best English teacher in my high school was gay.

A good friend of mine is an art teacher in our local school system. He's gay. And he's black. And he's in a mixed-race relationship. And he has an adopted daughter. He is the RR's worst nightmare. (No, not because he's black or in a mixed-race relationship, but for the other reasons. Not long ago, though, the RR had trouble with his race, too.)

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 6, 2004 07:25 PM

As a centrist and a registered Democrat, I am wondering where if anywhare my alliegence will end up. WHich party will ultimately capture the true moderates. Those who believe in sufficient but not excessive taxation, sufficient but not excessive regulation and a robust national defense. Right now I am gravitating Republican due to the circumstances of the war and my feeling that the Dems are trapped in a time warp. That may change in the future.

As for that list, I was aware of a number of them but some surprised me and some are questionable. How is Mark Messier a conservative? I am his greatest fan and I have never heard him make a political statement. Further, he is a Canadien so he cannot be a registered Republican. I have a feeling that any celebrity that publicly expressed sympathy for Bush's war on terror is now being listed as a conservative and that, in and of itself, is pathetic.

Posted by: Doug at October 6, 2004 07:31 PM


I saw that article, and clearly this DeMint fellow is out of step with current views on homosexuality. But I still don't think you can call something "extreme" that has been the norm for this country since the beginning.

The Religious Right isn't trying to impose an alien worldview on America; they are the ones that are watching the world that they grew up in change around them. They see YOU as the extremist; and not too long ago indeed you would have been.

Posted by: David at October 6, 2004 08:10 PM

Thank you Michael. Its one thing to argue that marriage shouldn't be altered to include two people of the same sex, but its another entirely to block people who are open homosexuals from the workplace.

Posted by: FH at October 6, 2004 08:11 PM

I have long, long followed this, and been interested in it. People (well, normal people any way) live most of their lives through pop culture, and the extent to which pop culture meshes with, or doesn't with politics is fascinating to me.

That's a long-winded way of saying that this is a pet subject of mine, and, though I love wikpedia, I think they're sourcing is thin (look at the bottom, below the list) and a lot of these are questionable. If you're really intersted there was a very well-done piece on this in Details magazine, of all places, recently. Some of the surprise closet-Republicans, according to them, were Adam Sandler and Winona Rider.

Anyway, just to go through the ones that Michael posted here:

Stephen Baldwin - One of 'em was bound to join the Dark Side. Suck it up, Alec.

This is accurate. He very recently became a born-again Christian. He is a complete moron and doesn't know anything about any issue, except for the fact that Bush is the more serious of the two candidates (source, interview on Fox News I saw)

Bo Derek - This surprises me for some reason.

She has been an out Republican for a long, long time. I thought this was fairly well-known.

Dr. Phil - This doesn't surprise me a bit.
I have no idea. Nor do I care.

Gary Sinise - But he seems so sensitive.
I've never heard this one before. I'd like to check their source on this. This would be a pretty big surprise. He's one of those hard-core Chicago theater scene guys and they're always extreme lefties.

Yaphet Kotto - Cool, in a stereotype-busting sort of way. Have no idea but wouldn't be surprised.

Denzel Washington. - Cool again. (See above.) I would be very, very surprised if this were actually true and I'd put good money down that it's not. Everything from role choices: Malcom X, Manchurian Candidate remake, to rhetoric I've heard him use in interviews makes me doubt this.

Alice Cooper - Guys like him seriously freaked out the Christian Right back in the day. Now he's the man. Heh.

He's been an out Republican for a long, long time. A lot of his press used to focus on the fact that he was such a normal, square guy in real-life: plays golf, likes Bob Hope jokes, Republican.

David Lynch - Proving that Republicans can be weird too. And I mean that in a good way. His movies rock. Except for Eraserhead. What the hell was that all about, anyway?

This wouldn't surprise me all that much, but I've never heard it before and would need to check out the source.

Here's a list of other non-leftist celebrities that I'm more sure of:

Kelsey Grammar: Always been an out libertarian/conservative. Is an out Bush supporter.

Dennis Hopper: Long-time out Republican. Married to Democratic activist wife.

The Ramone who died most recently. (I feel dreadful but I can't think of the first name right now.)

Some guy from the Manchester/Factory records scene whose name I can't think of.

Vincent Gallo

James Woods: Semi-out Bush/War on Terror supporter.

Ron Silver: True Scoop Jackson Democrat. Spoke at this year's RNC.

Chris Noth: Always going to Israel/promoting Israeli tourism, now when few other actors are doing so.

Robert Duvall: This is mostly speculative. I've seen him mentioned in one article about HOllywood conservatives, and I read another piece where he complained about actors shooting their mouth of about politics, but didn't go any further.

The sources on the wikpedia list are really weak/outdated, so I wouldn't take any of theirs to the bank.

Posted by: Eric Deamer at October 6, 2004 08:21 PM

Dr. Phil is a Republican?!

I've always seen him as much more of a conservative-Dem or Centrist, maybe. He's from the South and he's got that very southern thing about him, but I'm still suprised. He's like Oprah in male form, for Christ's sake! Maybe the fact that he's now a Republican says more about the Democratic Party than it does Dr. Phil, because he seems like the typical Reagan-Democrat to me. Ten bucks says the guy voted for Clinton in '92 and '96.

Posted by: Grant McEntire at October 6, 2004 08:43 PM

And, though I've known Alice Cooper has been a Rep for quite some time, it still cracks me up to think of him in the same company as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell...or President Bush, for that matter.

Posted by: Grant McEntire at October 6, 2004 08:46 PM

Bruce Willis.

Posted by: Jim Treacher at October 6, 2004 08:54 PM

Wikipedia has Drew Carey on the list. I thought he was a libertarian. (Then again, to leftists the LP is right wing extremism.)

Two fifths of the Scooby gang (Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr.) are also reputed conservatives. Hmm...maybe they can investigate all those dead people voting in Illinois elections...

Posted by: Alan K. Henderson at October 6, 2004 09:10 PM

Don't forget this long list of Republican babes!

Posted by: Hei Lun Chan at October 6, 2004 10:26 PM

So, I guess when your career has gone into the ditch, you become a republican?

Is that it?

Posted by: Bejus at October 6, 2004 10:45 PM

Well the radical left wing hasn’t bombed any one for a few decades, the last big splash was “The Move “ and it was they who were bombed. On the far right we have OK city, Olympic park, numerous abortion bombings, threats and anthrax scares.

I have to admit though, since Bush has been in office the far right seems to have chilled out.

I would love to hear more of the alien would view that the Democrats are trying to impose on us all though since I have to make a choice in November and would hate to vote for anyone supporting an alien would view.

DeMint should be kicked out of office for suggesting something as ludicrous as a national sales tax to replace the income tax. He says he is going to eliminate the IRS (which is a lie, someone will have to enforce the sales tax rules, but the mouth breathers will buy it), and in the process create a black market for non-taxed goods. And to add insult to injury I’ll have to pay more taxes under a NST. Screw that.

Posted by: Rick DeMent at October 7, 2004 03:35 AM

I moved from Democrat to Republican due decades of incessant hijacking of my bush by the barbaric political feminazis.

It is fun to bust up steoeotypes.

Posted by: syn at October 7, 2004 05:40 AM

Here in SC, DeMint has started a controversy, but not for the reason you mention.

I don't think most people are that outraged about excluding homosexuals from the teaching profession. What has people angrier is DeMint's addendum: excluding unwed single mothers from the classroom.

I don't think there's anything morally wrong with being a homosexual, but I do think unwed single mothers are a bad example to schoolchildren, especially girls like my daughters. Taking morals out of the equation, any honest social study will show that both the woman and the child and society benefit immensely when a pregnant woman marries the father of their child.

Is a classroom ban the best way to enforce this? Probably not. But it does kickstart a discussion that people would avoid otherwise.

BTW, I plan to vote for DeMint. He's wrong on gays, but there are much larger issues out there this one which will be solved by demographics in 20 years anyway. Republicans must maintain control of the Senate.

Posted by: Matt Ward at October 7, 2004 06:06 AM

I suspect Hollywood's like the rest of this country.

30% -- roughly conservative (in HW, some are out of the closet, most stifle themselves)

30% -- roughly liberal (in HW, some loudly enjoy their dominant status, others are quieter)

40% -- "Who gives a crap about politics? Hand me a beer/TV remote/starlet.

I do think establishment liberalism in Hollywood as in so many places is stifling, so anyone in Hollywood who has an iconoclastic bone in their body is probably a conservative, probably of the libertarian variety.

Posted by: Matt Ward at October 7, 2004 06:50 AM

A huge problem in America these days is the cult of celebrity. Americans seem to put more weight into some teenybopper twit like Spears than we do brilliant intellects like Noam Chomsky or William F. Buckley.

Who gives a crap what Bruce Willis or Ron Silver thinks? They are actors. Entertainers...a profession which used to be called "fools."

Arnold S. and Ronald Reagan are good examples of why we should not presume that being famous makes you smart or a good leader.

Posted by: Alex at October 7, 2004 06:55 AM

I can't believe nobody's mentioned the hottest Republican celebrity around- Jessica Simpson! The soon-to-be Daisy Duke and her all-luck/no-talent husband are well-known Republicans.

Gary Sinese seems to have surprised some people. I met him during a recent USO visit to Kuwait, and he's 100% pro-Bush- I can only believe he's a Republican.

Some of you may watch Sportcenter- they were here in Kuwait about two weeks ago, and the feeling I got was that they were ALL Republicans, although I can't say for certain. I WILL say that I had a long talk with Sean Salisbury, and he's a hardcore conservative who experienced "one of the greatest pleasures of his life" watching Al Gore lose in 2000. He really hates that guy.

I saw Kid Rock in Baghdad last year- 100% Republican and funny as hell.

I met Robin Williams in Mosul last year- I couldn't really tell where he stood politically, but it was really cool of him to come out and visit us.

Stephen Baldwin is a flat-out lunatic. I wouldn't call him a Republican- Branch Davidian would be more appropriate I think.

What about Russell Simons, the rap mogul?

I agree that the Christian Right is quickly losing its base of power. Hopefully this will continue as people realize that you can be a good person without religion.

I feel your conflict, David. I'm a registered Libertarian who gravitated toward the right when I realized that they seem almost as oblivious as the far left with respect to our national security needs.

Posted by: $lick at October 7, 2004 07:09 AM

What evidence is there that the Christian Right is losing its base of power?

Posted by: Brad Williams at October 7, 2004 07:26 AM

I really doubt Denzel Washington is a Republican.

Maybe, but I find it unlikely someone who would do John Q would be a Republican. It's possible, but unlikely.

Posted by: Court at October 7, 2004 07:28 AM

"What evidence is there that the Christian Right is losing its base of power?"

Remember Pat Buchanon? Neither does anyone else.

Posted by: $lick at October 7, 2004 07:35 AM

Though I think he's another independent thinker that doesn't easily fit into either party, there's Charles Barkley:
...He writes that after published reports suggested he might become a Republican, his concerned mother said to him, "Charles, Republicans are for rich people."

He answered her succinctly, "Mom, I'm rich."

Posted by: Craig at October 7, 2004 07:47 AM

"Hopefully this will continue as people realize that you can be a good person without religion."

Wasn't there a poll taken about a year ago which showed that practically nobody in the US would vote for an atheist in a presidential election? Even other atheists wouldn't vote for an atheist! The poll didn't have any data on Senate, Congress, or Governors but I assume that it would be much the same.

I certainly hope that your right and that the Christian Right is fading away. But I think any possibility of people recognising that you don't need to be religious to be a good person is a long way off.

Posted by: sam at October 7, 2004 07:49 AM

Slightly more on-topic. I've always been mystified as to why people care about the political orientation of celebrities. Does anybody seriously base their vote on who their favourite actor is supporting?

Posted by: sam at October 7, 2004 07:54 AM

It's aboslutely a long way off. But the good news is that it's happening. This is not one of those things where enlightenment occurs overnight. You have to look at how things were 50 years ago compared to now. And look at 50 years before 50 years ago. Clearly, there's progress. But I don't plan on people, in general, "accepting" lack of religion (in a way that would show a huge turnaround in those polls) while I'm alive...

Posted by: $lick at October 7, 2004 07:58 AM

Fair enough, I must have misread you. I thought you were saying something like this was going to happen quickly. Your right, looking at the long term things have improved a lot.

Posted by: sam at October 7, 2004 08:11 AM

What about Russell Simons, the rap mogul?

Heard a bit from Russell, how he had a bunch of friends and hangers on out at his house, and he took the bunch of 'em to see Fahrenheit 9-11, when Kid Rock said no, he didn't wan't to see no propaganda movie, and split off toward a bar. When Russell Simmons came back to his car, there was a note saying "Bush Rules!" under the wiper of his car. I don't think Mr. Def Jam is in any way Republican.

Posted by: luddite robot at October 7, 2004 08:16 AM

Thanks, ludite.

I've got a buddy here at work who INSISTS that Russel is Republican- I wasn't buying it either. Maybe your anecdote will help convince him otherwise, but I seriously doubt it...

Posted by: $lick at October 7, 2004 08:35 AM

Leslie Nielson - He's not supposed to be a Republican. He's from Canada!

Not only from Canada, but from the Yukon and Northwest Territories (his dad was a mountie). And not only from the Yukon and NWT, but before getting his current fame, he was merely the small-role actor brother of Eric Nielsen, deputy Prime Minister of Canada

i used to think all canadians were lefties too, until i started reading mark steyn. he`s a canuck, if i`m not mistaken...

You've never heard of the Conservative Party of Canada? Or the Reform Party? The Conservatives ran Canada under Brian Mulroney for almost a decade.

C'mon people, we're just over your frikkin' border. Pick up a newspaper sometime.

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at October 7, 2004 08:41 AM

Canada? Heard of the place. Never been there. It's between Greenland and Iceland, isn't it, and has a population that slightly exceeds Newark NJ, n'est-pas?

Posted by: Deuce at October 7, 2004 09:15 AM

C'mon people, we're just over your frikkin' border. Pick up a newspaper sometime.


it would have to be a Canadian newspaper. But don't be insulted, no news is good news as they say.

Posted by: David at October 7, 2004 09:57 AM

I saw Russel Simmons on Hannity & Colmes talking about his get out the vote campign efforts. He mentioned that in the primaries his two favorite candidates were Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton.

I don't think he's a Republican.

Posted by: Epitome at October 7, 2004 10:14 AM

So, I guess when your career has gone into the ditch, you become a republican?

I guess Alec Baldwin will be defecting to the GOP any day now :-)

Posted by: Alan K. Henderson at October 7, 2004 10:42 AM

It's between Greenland and Iceland, isn't it, and has a population that slightly exceeds Newark NJ

What's Newark?

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at October 7, 2004 12:21 PM

The list on Wikipedia looks more like an outing than actual true blue Republicans. For instance, back in 03 Mathew McConaughey wore an American flag pin to the Oscars when most of the other Limosine Liberals were doing the Kumbaya routine. I don't think he ever said he was Republican. I imagine a lot of these guys are somewhat Libertarian. Here's how I see it.

Just seem like they could be Republicans:
Danny Aiello
James Belushi (looks more like Reagan Democrat).
Tom Berenger
Delta Burke
Dean Cain
Kevin Costner
Robert Duvall
Jeff Foxworthy
Dennis Franz
Heather Locklear
Norm Macdonald (Anti OJ humor back in 90's probably got some Republican laughs)
Jason Priestley
Sylvester Stallone
Dick Clark
Jessica Simpson (The GOP could use some knew eye candy, I don't know how many conventions Bo Derek has left in the tank).

Apolitical/Probably more Libertarian:
Britney Spears (I don't think the GOP would go for her Madonna kiss. Generally disliked by culural elitists so they probably want her to be a Republican)
Drew Carey
Kid Rock (More people in this country are probably like Kid Rock than any of the right/left stereotypes)
Mathew McConaughey (Too much wacky tobacky to be true repub)
Tom Selleck (said he was libertarian. Easier to say your libertarian than to vote for one.)
Bruce Willis (said he was Republican in the past but it was more cool to do that 10 years ago)
Vince Vaughan (see McConaughey)
Dennis Hopper (Didn't he vote Perot, or was that Nicholson?)
Vince Gallo (Iconoclastic Independent film maker. Wants to piss off the Sundance/Cannes crowd so he says he's Republican. Put a real oral sex scene in his last film (Bush won't be renting that one).

Sure, I'll tell jokes at a Republican convention/Fundraiser:
David Spade
The Rock (Went to the convention in 2000 looking for some pie).

Republicans for Religious Reasons:
James Caviezel
Stephen Baldwin
Mel Gibson (I could also see him being anti-Iraq in a Robert Novak/Opus dei kind of way).
Angie Harmon
Patricia Heaton
Amy Grant
Pat Boone

Not Registered republicans but have voted/will vote for one:
Jackie Mason (guys like him put Giuliani in power)
Dennis Miller (I'm thinking he's a Republican now)
Ron Silver

Active Republicans:
Bo Derek ("It just feels right")
Clint Eastwood (Once Republican Mayor. Directed Movie with Tim Robbins and Sean Penn so I don't know how Republican he is now. Real republican probably would have hit one of those guys.)
Fred Grandy (Wow. What an actor)
Charlton Heston
Arnold (Greatest Republican weapon in pop culture)
Ben Stein
Fred Thompson
Pat Sajak
Kelsey Grammar (recent convert)
Chuck Norris
Alice Cooper
Ted Nugent
Don King (They don't necessarily parade him around.)

People who Republicans wish were Republicans:
Denzell Washington
Majic Johnson
Tiger Woods (Above three would be big coup for Republicans who want to get the Black Male vote. However, I've seen nothing that even hints that they are Republican.)
Van Morrison (One of Bush'es favorites. Rejected offers to play at Republican events)

Have had beefs with Leftist Hollywood:
Gary Oldman
John Malcovich (Actually has a beef with France. I don't know if he's like Ron Silver now).

News to me?:
Dana Carvey (Imitated 1st Bush, doesn't mean he votes for W).
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Freddie Prinze Jr
Milos Forman
Ron Howard
David Lynch
Dr Phil (Must have been the interview. Seems like a Pre Monica Clinton Democrat. Could see him hit it off with Johnathan Edwards)
Winton Marsalis
Adam Sandler (Could he be comedies version of Ron Silver?)

I've got about 1 mil in the bank from past work and I want the dividend tax cut to stay in place:
Delta Burke
Kirk Cameron
Tony Danza
Shannen Doherty
Jamie Farr
Melissa Gilbert
George Hamilton (likes Republican party because they are less inclined to believe there's a hole in the Ozone).
Jim Nabors
Jason Priestley
Cindy Williams
Efrem Zimbalist jr
Cheryl Ladd
Scott Baio

Basic conclusions. More Republicans in TV, game shows, etc than cinema.
Most of these people are probably apolitical.
All white guys who've had success in team sports besides Bill Bradley vote Republican. Also, greater percentage of black athletes that vote Republican than the 1 out 10 African Americans who vote Republican. Besides Michael Douglas, if you're a villain in an Oliver Stone/Michael Moore piece, you're probably a Republican.
Republican Hollywood was a lot stronger during the Reagan years. You had a lot of the old "greateast generation" guard, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda (The Rat pack - Sinatra became a Republican after Kennedy dissed him) backing him up.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know this topic is banal.

Posted by: Tom at October 7, 2004 12:32 PM

This post is hardly irrelevant.
It means I can stop watching "Ben Hur" every night.

Posted by: bob at October 7, 2004 12:54 PM

You didn't know about Bo Derek? She's been "out" as a GOP'er for some time. David Lynch

I'm not sure about Denzel Washington; he might be more of a libertarian than anything. Same with Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley, who was at one time a Republican; both of them have endorsed Kerry. Robert Duvall is buddies with Pat Robertson, and has appeared on the 700 Club in the past. John Malkovich wanted to start a fatwa against Mr. Fisk a few years ago, but I don't know whether that stems from longstanding political disagreements or just something that pissed him off after 9/11. And almost every white athlete on the planet has conservative views.

Posted by: Steve Smith at October 7, 2004 01:13 PM

I do remember Denzel Washington arguing a conservative point of view against Merill Streep on a Manchurian Candidate publicity spot. Streep was arguing some ignorant Liberal selective reading of the Bible and Denzel was correcting her.

Posted by: David at October 7, 2004 02:13 PM

Let's be honest, you are surprised by Denzel Washington because he is black. You who are surprised probably think Blacks are automatically liberal. Most blacks are probably conservative in their thinking as most people are. Liberalism is designed to tear down not build up.

Personally, I only care what celebs think like I do anybody with an opinion, no more no less.

Posted by: Barney at October 7, 2004 03:29 PM

Barney: Let's be honest, you are surprised by Denzel Washington because he is black.

Are you talking to me? I didn't say I was surprised by it. I said I was surprised by Bo Derek, and I admit to having no coherent reason for it.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 7, 2004 04:07 PM

I recommend Tom's taxonomy above to everyone.

Though I would quibble with the details, I think he got it mostly right.

Steve Smith is completely right about Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson. Charles Barkley had a buzz as being an iconoclastic atypical black man who said some sort of conservative things awhile back, but really he's just a boring, centrist Democrat these days and a Kerry backer.

The wikpedia list basically seems to include anyone who might possibly, theoretically be Republican or conservative or libertarian leaning in any way.

As an example they include John Perry Barlow. Well, he has a blog now and it's easy to see what he thinks. He's a doctrinaire, big-L Libertarian who used to work with Republicans sometimes but is now a rabid Bush-hater.

I think everyone's been mentioned now. Treacher said Bruce Willis. He came out vocally as a libertarian Republican before, and he was actively courted by the GOP this year, and he rebuffed them. I think he doesn't want to talk about it anymore now that things are so polarized.

I'm dying to get the bottom of this David Lynch thing. I definitely detect conservative themes in his work.

I don't know about Gallo. Sometimes I think it's all a pose or a collosal joke, but he's taken it pretty far. He even spoke before a Young Republicans group here in New York.

Russel Simmons is most definitely an extreme, extreme, EXTREME Michael Moore-lovin' lefty.

Yes, I do think this is an interesting topic. I like pop culture, though it seems a lot of people who read political blogs don't.

Posted by: Eric Deamer at October 7, 2004 05:18 PM

I would bet around 90% of the people in Hollywood circles either support the Democratic or the Green Parties. Even then the Republican party supporters in Hollywood circles are quite moderate (like Schwarznegger for example) compared to most Republican party supporters. Conservative Republicans (who are a sizable group of the American voting population) are very thin on the ground in Hollywood.

Posted by: Tristan Jones at October 7, 2004 05:36 PM

Eric: I'm dying to get the bottom of this David Lynch thing. I definitely detect conservative themes in his work.

Please elaborate. His movies seem pretty apolitical to me. I'm trying to think of something either "liberal" or "conservative" in there, and I'm coming up empty.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 7, 2004 05:37 PM

I don't have time for a detailed answer to the David Lynch thing. I guess I'm talking on more of a subtextual level. I see some ideas of idealizing a certain sexual/life innocence in Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks etc. There always seems to be an idea that unrestrained sexuality is a negative and destructive force: in Lost Highway for instance. Some sort of structure and repression is seen as a good thing. For instance, again in Lost Highway the Patricia Arquette character needs to be punished, reined in for her out-of-control libido. Only with some structure can free expression (Bill Pullman's free-jazz sax playing) flourish.

This is very rough. I have to think about it more.

Posted by: Eric Deamer at October 8, 2004 10:52 AM

I graduated with Robert Sinese in Blue Island, Il. He is the father of Actor Gary Sinese. I wanted to contact Gary to see if his father is alive and would like to contact him

Posted by: Lee L. Luenser at October 10, 2004 12:46 PM

David Spade is listed as a Kerry supporter on the Hollywood Republican site.

Destiny's Child; I doubt Beyonce at least. She was on one of those Rock the Vote tours with some rappers and rock stars. Everyone knows those Rock the Vote tours are all Rock the Vote for Kerry or die!

Dean Cain; I heard he was a Republican before, but turned Democrat after playing a gay man for a movie.

Vincent Gallo; I just don't know. He was on a documentary about Hollywood Reps. on AMC and the interviewer even asked him if this was a joke. He said it wasn't, but I still don't know. But then, what would he have to gain from it? How many people actually know who Vincent Gallo is?

Melissa Gilbert is not a Rebublican but her husband is.

Posted by: Kimberly at October 20, 2004 10:40 AM
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