Jimmy Kimmel made an appearance over the weekend with former Barack Obama speech-writer, Jon Favreau, on a panel discussion for Favreau's podcast “Pod Save America.” As reported by IJR, Favreau’s wife tweeted out that Jimmy Kimmel said, “It just so happens that almost every talk show host is a liberal and that’s because it requires a level of intelligence.”
“Pope Kimmel” – as Guy Benson likes to call to him ever since he started using his current TV platform to grandstand and promote anti-Trump rhetoric – is the same fellow who brought the world the comedy skit, “Guess What’s in My Pants.”
Of course, folks on Twitter were quick to chuckle at – not with – Kimmel’s assertion.
Bwah ha ha— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) February 4, 2018
It takes an amazing amount of liberal indoctrination for ostensibly "smart" people to hold such stunningly dense opinions https://t.co/tDKJ4EQZWY
Careers that ooze intelligence:— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 4, 2018
3. Rocket scientist
1. Late night host who says funny things writers write for himhttps://t.co/odZY4ZZEj2
What Kimmel may fail to realize is that many conservatives have been ostracized and blacklisted in Hollywood because of their opinions. Often times, they end up shielding their political views for their career. As Fox News reports, several "closeted conservatives" have experienced even more discrimination since Trump's presidential candidacy and election:
"While conservative actors like Tim Allen and Jon Voight regularly talk politics, the majority of Republican showbiz pros we talked to said they now fear being blacklisted like writers, actors, and others said to be communist sympathizers were banned from working in show business in the 1950s.
"I often tell friends getting into the biz from this day forward, you are a Democrat publicly,” one industry vet told Fox News on the condition of anonymity.
Three members of the Hollywood conservative group Friends of Abe (as in Abe Lincoln) said the political climate in Hollywood is the worst they have ever seen, with one actor/screenwriter who also requested to not be named saying: “It’s toxic if you have any leanings towards Donald Trump or the Republican Party.”
"You keep quiet because you don't know if that's going to set someone off who can hire you,” the Hollywood pro said. “It's a unique scenario because you won't be punished if you are liberal."
“In Hollywood it’s not like Wall Street -- politics does factor into jobs,” the showbiz insider said. “Producers hire based on who people like working with, you have a lot of down time on sets and you don’t want people on set that may create conflict.”
"People often get so flipped out even if you question their views."
A longtime Hollywood screenwriter echoed those sentiments.
"It has become personal, nasty even,” the conservative writer said, adding “there is a definite social blacklisting happening.”
Kimmel's remark is sure to be a sign of arrogance and elitism that millions of Americans disdain. Most Americans believe that if somebody has to say how smart they are, then in reality they aren't at all.
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