Gerard Jackson BrookesNews.Com Monday 19 January 2009
through some old magazines I came across an attack on
Elia Kazan by the author of the Culture Vulture column (The
Australian Magazine 19-20 September 1998) in which he used the
word "odious" to describe Kazan whose crime was to reveal
the names of Hollywood Stalinists. Now the left is very hot on free
speech, especially for the left. But having a totalitarian mindset
means that they define 'free speech' as complete agreement with their
current 'party line'.
know that many of us have heard or read about the fiendish Senator
McCarthy and his Hollywood blacklist that denied work to patriotic
American actors, producers, writers and directors because they had
allegedly been associated with the CPUSA (Communist Party of the
United States of America). Because of this infamy the mere mention of
his name causes 'progressives' to turn apoplectic, even as they
defend — as does Steven Soderbergh, Ed Asner, Benicio Del Toro,
Robert Rederford, Sean Penn, etc. — sadistic leftwing killers like
Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.
Hollywood’s celluloid intellectuals blame McCarthy for the
blacklisting and excoriate HUAC (House of Un-American Activities
Committee) they overlook the simple historical fact that McCarthy was
a Senator and was not elected until 1947 while HUAC had been set up
in 1934 by Democrats.
the time of the HUAC hearings McCarthy was running his own
investigation into communist infiltration of the State Department and
the military. He had nothing at all to do with any hearings on
communism in the film industry which were conducted in the House of
Representatives. Moreover, these investigations started in the 1940s
and were requested by actors and studio executives, mainly as a
reaction to the Communist Party's own blacklist, something the likes
of Redford, Soderbergh, and the truly hateful Clooney would never
think of mentioning.
American left assiduously cultivate the myth that the CPUSA was never
a threat to America anyway and that those associated with it were
honest people motivated by idealism and a love of liberty. (Our left
has used the same tactic to defend the treasonable activities of the
Australian Communist Party). It follows that it is both absurd, as
well as slanderous, to suggest that these people would use their
positions in Hollywood to promote tyranny.
the collapse of the Soviet empire and the subsequent opening of some
the KGB's intelligence archives revealed the real story, the one the
left is still trying to suppress by ignoring it. We now have the
evidence that the CPUSA was, like the Australian Communist Party,
fully controlled and financed by the Kremlin. In short, it was just a
branch of the CPSU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union). This is one
story that you can bet your last dollar on that neither Soderbergh or
Clooney will ever film. After all, that would be the patriotic thing
is also the little matter of the Hollywood left-wing blacklist, the
one we never hear about. Those who were on this list were
anti-communists who suffered for their beliefs because they
identified Stalinist toadies. Morrie Ryskind was one such person. He
was an award-winning film writer until he told a congressional
committee the truth about communists in the film industry. Suddenly
he was unemployable.
just in case you think this blacklist is dead, some years ago two
young leftwing writers on the Sony Studio Lot had Robert Montgomery’s
name taken off a building because he had been a "friendly
witness" for HUAC. Needless to say, Clooney and the rest of the
Hollywood left remained unmoved by this intolerant act of leftwing
bastardry. Their silence is not surprising considering the degree of
leftwing intimidation that comes from the Hollywood elite.
reminds of a very revealing complaint by Clooney: "There used to
be three networks. Now there's hundreds and hundreds." He
believes that news broadcasting should be restricted to three
networks controlled entirely by people who agree with him. Tom Hanks
is another example of Tinseltown's political intolerance. He called
Mormons who support California’s Proposition 8 of being
"un-American". It logically follows from this that
conservatives are also "un-American").
one might say that it is all history now, water under the bridge and
all that. But then such a person would have no idea of the left's
capacity for hatred and revenge, specially the Hollywood left and its
fellow travelling media mates, even those in Australia. This was made
sickeningly clear when the Hollywood left blocked the distinguished
director Elia Kazan's nomination by colleagues for the lifetime
achievement award given each year by the American Film Institute and
the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
who had directed such masterpieces as On the Waterfront, East
of Eden and A Streetcar Named Desire and who had won two
Oscars as a director was ignored in favour of the left-wing Roger
Corman who won lasting fame for Attack of the Crab Monsters,
Swamp Women and other masterpieces of schlock. So heavy was
the stench of hypocrisy that even The New York Times felt
impelled to comment on Hollywood's vindictiveness.
famed then 87-year-old Kazan's unforgivable crime was to have
truthfully told the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities in 1952
that he and eight of his friends had been fellow members of the
communist party, from which he had resigned in disgust. Some of these
men later admitted that Kazan told the truth. Nevertheless, until his
death in 2003 at the age of 94 Kazan remained a political leper among
Hollywood's politically correct.
are same people who in October 1997 streamed into the Motion Picture
Academy of Arts and Sciences in Berverly Hills to see Hollywood
Remembers the Blacklist, a film glorifying unrepentant Stalinists
who wanted to turn the US into another Gulag. Needless to say, these
are also same celluloid intellectuals who support cop-killers and
murderous dictators – but only so long as they are socialists.
is worthy of note here is the hypocrisy, political stupidity and
moral baseness of these leftists. No wonder they feel comfortable
supporting the Democrats.
was Otto Katz who bragged: "I discovered Hollwood". Katz
was a Comintern agent sent by Stalin to turn Hollywood into an
instrument of Soviet policy. He arrived in 1934 and was a great
success with Hollywood leftists who fell over themselves to do his
bidding. Some of those Stalinists lived long enough to attend the
Hollywood Remembers the Blacklist love-in where they were
enthusiastically greeted by the glitterati.
proof that there is a divine providence, Katz (who was said to be
implicated in the murder of Willi Münzenberg) was arrested in Prague
in 1948 and became a victim of the Rajk-Slansky purges. He was
tortured for months before being tried. He was convicted of treason
and hanged the next day, His body was burnt and the remains put in a
sack which was later dumped on the roadside. Not a tear seems to have
been shed by his Hollywood pals. This would make a terrific film.
It’s a great pity it will never be made.