Democratic fundraiser/actor Ben Affleck -- and the next big-screen "Batman" -- recently gave an interview to Playboy. His own bias against Republicans, he admits, prevents him from fully enjoying a Republican actor's performance. "It's ... hard," said Affleck, "to get people to suspend disbelief."
Affleck said: "When I watch a guy I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn't like this person if I met him, or we would have different opinions. That (bleep) fogs the mind when you should be paying attention and be swept into the illusion."
Fair enough. But how do you think conservatives feel?
Nearly every actor who cuts loose about politics, let alone campaigns for or donates to causes or politicians, almost always supports Democrats and liberal causes. Nothing wrong with this. But it's not even close to a fair fight. Of America's stars -- old, young and in-between -- the many who speak out are invariably Democrats.
A Clint Eastwood is more than offset by the many performers like Cher, who said: "If you're black in this country, if you're a woman in this country, if you are any minority in this country at all, what could possibly possess you to vote Republican? ... You won't have one f---ing right left." Or like Julia Roberts, who said, "Republican comes in the dictionary just after 'reptile' and just above 'repugnant.'" Or Ed Asner, from Disney's film "Up," who contributed his name and voice to a cartoon political ad showing a dastardly rich man literally urinating on the poor.
Sean Penn drips with contempt toward the awful guys on the other side.
Tea partiers, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., says Penn, have a "mental health problem" which "would be solved by committing them" to a psychiatric facility with an "executive order" from the president.
Why such a microscopic number of outspoken conservatives? Fear. Cuban-born actress Maria Conchita Alonso, for example, is a recent cautionary tale. Cast to star in the Latino version of the Vagina Monologues, Alonso cut an ad for a California tea party "secure the borders" candidate. Big mistake. The play's theatre, located in the heavily Hispanic Mission District of San Francisco, received threats to disrupt the performance -- if Alonso remained in the cast.
When Alonso "quit," the play's producer shrugged: "We really can't have her in the show, unfortunately. Of course she has the right to say whatever she wants. But we're in the middle of the Mission. Doing what she is doing is against what we believe." Against what we believe?! How far is this from "Are you now, or have you ever been ... ?"
How do you think conservatives feel?