Hollywood, despite its reputation as a liberal bastion, has long been a hothouse of vicious reactionary sentiments.
For example, the anti-communist mania of the late 1940s and ‘50s was a particularly shameful time in Hollywood’s history. It was during this Red Scare that Hollywood studios created a blacklist where any person thought to be a communist or associated with communists, regardless of their ability, was barred from working in the industry.
Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee used the threat of the Hollywood blacklist to force many artists to become informers on their colleagues in order to maintain their livelihoods.
Not surprisingly, as the Black Lives Matter panic now rages, Hollywood is once again succumbing to the hideous siren’s call of dehumanization and discrimination. Except this time the accusation isn’t about communism, but rather, “Are you now, or have you ever been, a white man?”