In the wake of Donald Trump’s failure to denounce neo-Nazis in Charlottesville quickly or sternly enough to satisfy his detractors, Hollywood has become a no-go zone for supporters of the president. “Don’t believe it? Try wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball cap on a film shoot,” quips one person who works in the industry.
THR reached out to more than 50 members of Friends of Abe — a private group whose membership is made up of conservatives working in Hollywood — to gauge their support, or lack thereof, for the president. Ninety percent refused to speak on the record. “Too hot. No way,” said one filmmaker. “No upside,” said another. Asked one actor, “Are you trying to get me killed?” Another said, “I’m staying away from politics for the foreseeable future.”
Actor Scott Baio has no such hesitation. “I don’t give a shit about Hollywood liberals,” he tells THR. “They’re gonna hate the guy no matter what. If he cured cancer, they’d be on him for putting oncologists out of business.”