In the wake of the devastating Weinstein scandal that exposed not just one sexual predator, but an entire industry rife with corruption despite their hypocritical pearl clutching, I think it’s important to point out the actors who have been brave enough to wear the mantle of a conservative in a town that infamously blacklists, fires or assimilates anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their dogmatic orthodoxy.
I’ve seen lists like this written before, but it’s always padded out with a laundry list of ‘celebs’ who haven’t worked in years and are no longer relevant to the current media landscape. Shannon Doherty and Stephen Baldwin? Nothing wrong with them, but they’re not going on my list. With all sorts of media institutions having their viewership tank as they lecture and repudiate the half of the country that doesn’t agree with them, perhaps a look into some figures who would love to have that turned off audience’s support will jerk new creativity back into the industry.
1. Vince Vaughn
Vince Vaughn, the star of perennial male breakup movie Swingers as well as dozens of romantic comedies, was most recently seen in Hacksaw Ridge and Anchorman 2. Vaughn is an outspoken libertarian, stating his position on numerous occasions. In an interview with Playboy, he had this to say: “I would use the term libertarian to describe my politics. I’m a very big fan [of Ron Paul]. Ron Paul woke a lot of people up to the fact that government can’t handle everything for you. Once you start playing that game, where does it stop? I like the way it was until 1913 [when the 16th Amendment was ratified, legalizing a federal income tax], when locally you had sales taxes and property taxes. That seems ethical to me, because I can move to a different neighborhood or area if I like the services they provide. To this day, your police department and your fire department are paid for with local taxes, and that makes sense, because you might use those. But the federal government looking into your books to decide what to take from you, that feels wrong.”
Vaughn has two movies worth mentioning: Brawl in Cell Block 99, released last week in limited theaters, which is about a good man who gets thrown in prison and, surrounded by enemies, brings the pain; and Fighting with My Family, an upcoming comedy-drama about the world of WWE starring The Rock and Vaughn.