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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Rich Tafel Discusses Hollywood Hypocrisy on Gays


Just like Capitol Hill, I'm sure most people in Hollywood are pro gay, but when it comes to their fear of middle America's reaction they aren’t much different than politicians in Washington. Hollywood's "sin" those is compounded by their hypocrisy. If gay actors and studio owners don't feel safe coming out then Hollywood itself needs to work to improve the environment.

Hollywood loves to think it is brave and courageous as George Clooney pointed out, George Clooney seemed to think so with this pat on Hollywood's back when he said,

"We were the ones who talked about AIDS when it was being whispered. We talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular," he said.

Despite it's back slapping at the Oscar ceremony as our nation's leader on social issues, and despite the high profile political advocacy of Hollywood's liberals, when push came to shove they could be as uncourageous and hypocritical as the most conservative Republicans they scorn.

John Stewart might have bombed as Oscar's host, but he got something very right a week earlier on Larry King Live. When asked if Hollywood was pushing "blue" values into "red" America, he responded that Hollywood is "green" –they do what sells.

As he walked off stage away from the audience Clooney himself as much admitted, "We reflect society we don't really lead it."

The biggest hypocrite when it comes to homophobia? Envelope please. . .

I've heard similar stories from gay people who are in the acting business.