In today’s Hollywood there is apparently a price to be paid for supporting Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy.
Just ask the latest celebrity who has been put on notice.
Antonio Sabato, Jr., who has appeared in movies, television shows, daytime dramas, and reality TV feats the likes of “The Big Hit,” “Charmed,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and “Dancing with the Stars,” just revealed that he has been blacklisted in Hollywood because of his backing of Trump.
Sabato got the attention of the Hollywood left when he took to the stage alongside fellow celebrities Scott Baio and Willie Robertson at the Republican National Convention.
He spoke eloquently about his affirmative choice of Trump for president.
“Donald Trump is for unity,” Sabato said, and went on to explain that the GOP presidential nominee “believes in one America, with liberty and justice for all.”
“Having secure borders, protecting our citizens, none of this is hateful,” Sabato stated, and pointed out that “this is the responsibility of the government. And it’s the right thing to do.”
The actor also recently shared a few thoughts with Variety about the current administration and about how some of his would-be Hollywood employers have reacted to his convention appearance.
“For the last seven-and-a-half years, I’ve seen this country led by a leader that’s made mistakes. I spoke my mind about it,” Sabato said.
“But because I’m in the industry, you can’t talk about that. The media and the liberals act the way they act: They will back up the president until the end. It’s been interesting. I’ve had fantastic directors who have said officially to my agents and managers they will never hire me again. They will never even see me for projects. That’s unfair. It’s just like Communism,” Sabato said.
Sabato actually invoked an era that still haunts many in the entertainment industry, a time in the mid-twentieth century during which employment was denied to screenwriters, actors, directors, and musicians, because of their alleged affiliations and/or affections for the Communist Party USA.
“We’re in the business,” Sabato explained. “You’re supposed to be hired based on your talent and abilities, not because of how you feel about politics or religion. But that’s how they do things. It’s not just me. I know a lot of people in the industry who are in the same boat.”
The actor added, “The reality is if you’re associated with the Republican Party, the casting directors and producers already blacklist you based on that. I know people that just showed up, they didn’t speak – and they are not getting work because of it.”
Sabato may have had fellow celeb Stacey Dash in mind, who recently voiced much the same refrain over Hollywood’s reaction to her when she dared express viewpoints that were contrary to mandated Left Coast ideology.
“My acting opportunities have ceased because of my political beliefs. I’m being persecuted in Hollywood. I’ve been blacklisted,” Dash recently shared with CNSNews.com.
The big-screen star of “Clueless” and “Renaissance Man” gave specifics about how the entertainment industry shunning process works.
“My agents have dropped me. I haven’t auditioned in over a year because of my beliefs and what I stand for. But I know that this is what God wants me to do. And so with that I will stand and I will do it, because I know that what God wants for me no man will keep from me,” Dash stated.
As a Fox News commentator, Dash has been outspoken on right-of-center politics. She has also penned a book called “There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative.”
Mainstream media outlets and left-wing blogs have gleefully attacked both Sabato and Dash, characterizing the two as being less than A listers. Sabato has also been slammed on social media for his political views.
“On Twitter, there’s been name calling, and celebrities attacking me. That’s fine. I see it, but I don’t read it. I block them and delete them and move on,” the actor said.
Interestingly, use of the blacklist methodology may be expanding beyond Hollywood circles. A spokesperson who appears on a major cable news network recently proposed the use of an all-out blacklist in a column that she posted on the Conservative Review website.
CNN commentator Amanda Carpenter suggested that a potential career-ending weapon be used against Trump supporters. She published “a list of those so-called conservatives and Republicans endorsing Donald Trump” and called for all who were on the roster to be “held accountable in their future elections or political ventures.”
“Call it a boycott, call it a blackball, call it a blacklist, call it whatever you want. I’m done with these folks and other conservatives should be, too,” Carpenter wrote.
As for Sabato, in the face of daunting opposition he continues to boldly express himself, all the while staying firmly grounded in his faith.
“I’m just a normal dude speaking my mind,” he explained. “So be it. I will keep fighting for what I believe, and I will keep looking for work. My work and my life is based on God. My leader, the one I look up to, is Jesus Christ. I’ve seen people in the industry say, ‘I’m not going to talk to this guy, because he talks about Jesus Christ.’ It shows the true personalities of these people. Well, I wouldn’t want to work with them anyway.”
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.
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