Julienne Davis, an actor who has appeared in “Eyes Wide Shut” and “Doctor Who,” recently posted an op-ed on Fox News, where she publicly stated she was a conservative for the first time.
About a year ago I made one of the more risky decisions of my life – one that I knew could hurt my career as an actress. I decided to come out of the conservative closet and admit to my peers that I was a conservative in Hollywood.
Yes, hard as it is for some to believe, not everyone in the entertainment industry on the Left Coast is a left-winger.
It didn’t take long for those around her in Hollywood to suddenly change the way they acted toward her, and Davis came to the conclusion that she had two options:
Option 1: I could start apologizing to all my Hollywood liberal friends and associates who’d been shocked by my writing and tell them: “I didn’t really mean it … it was a paid gig and I was simply doing it for the work.”
Option 2: I could have the courage of my convictions and continue down the conservative path.
Davis decided on the second option even while fearing being called a racist, misogynist, and Trump supporter.
Since then I haven’t fared well. My “unfriendings” on social media have been many — from acquaintances and close working associates to good friends — including even my best friend. It is interesting to note that all of them just stopped calling and quietly “ghosted” me, and then later unfriended me.
Unfriendings aside, the written and very public insults from Hollywood peers on social media and elsewhere have been numerous. I’ve been attacked with obscenities, called a racist, and had one person tell me he hoped I would die.
Davis goes on to explain that she noticed the majority of her unfriendings happened right after the events in Charlottesville, claiming that liberal media associated Nazis with Trump supporters. She said the people who ditched her watched and listened to those reports, which led them to pin Davis as a racist as well.
Davis goes on to describe the Hollywood community perfectly:
Members of the Hollywood left don’t want to listen, discuss, or even see a dissenting viewpoint that challenges their own comfortable echo chamber.
It’s ironic that an industry that constantly talks about diversity is so judgmental, hateful and utterly rigid in its groupthink.
One of Davis’s former friends happened to be at the same film screening as her, and she says he told her, “Oh, we’re still friends … I just couldn’t be your friend on Facebook.”
Davis’s story makes you wonder how many other people are in a similar situation but have been too scared to speak up in fear for their careers.