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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

still bitter after all these years

Via Hit and Run, Cathy Young's latest column, "Bolshywood Revisited", examines Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony's Long Romance with the Left, a book by Ronald and Allis Radosh that looks at the Communist Party in Hollywood way back when. Young notes that:
But the iniquities of McCarthyism are well known and much deplored; those of the Hollywood Left still tend to be shrouded in a veil of romanticized respect for rebels. Responding to an excerpt from the Radoshes' book in The Los Angeles Times, screenwriter Michael Sloane, whose 2001 movie The Majestic dealt with the blacklist, waxed poetic about artists who were simply "having opinions and expressing ideas" (in support of a state that allowed none). In 2003, writing about the death of film director Elia Kazan, who agreed—primarily out of conviction—to testify before Congress about communism in Hollywood, once-blacklisted screenwriter Bernard Gordon fulminated that Kazan "helped to support an oppressive regime." As a heroic contrast, Gordon held up playwright Lillian Hellman—a lifelong champion of a regime that murdered millions.
Left-wingers, please, give it a rest! Communism was a murderous ideology, got it?

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