Trump vs Hollywood: Kristy Swanson, Isaiah Washington among celebs who slam 'hypocritical' hatred of POTUS
In the upcoming documentary, actors including Scott Baio, Dean Cain, Kristy Swanson, and Isaiah Washington delve into the hatred the entertainment industry has for the sitting president
It's no secret that liberal Hollywood has a passionate animus towards President Donald Trump, but a new documentary hopes to refute that notion by giving a platform to the few voices in Tinseltown that are in awe of the political outsider who took over the White House in a major upset in 2016. No matter one's political inclination, anecdotal evidence has shown that expressing even a mildly conservative view in the radically liberal world of Hollywood can jeopardize one's career.
In the upcoming documentary 'Trump Vs. Hollywood', some brave actors including Scott Baio, Dean Cain, Kristy Swanson, and Isaiah Washington delve into the hatred that the entertainment industry has for the sitting president while also opening up about their conservative political views.
The movie is made by Daphne Barak, who reportedly was a delegate for Trump at both the 2016 and 2020 Republican National Conventions. “I have known him since my early twenties, when I came from Israel and became an interviewer in New York, working for Fox, New York Daily News and then the New York Post,” she told Yahoo News. “We have trust and respect for each other.”
It's worth noting that Barak once supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but is now inspired to make the documentary after witnessing how dangerously divided the nation has become. “Trump’s inauguration did not have the Hollywood A-listers who decorated Obama’s or [Clinton’s],” Barak said. “For me, moving in between these two worlds, it was clear that Washington, D.C., and Hollywood were no longer mixing… they were at war.”
A number of actors were interviewed about Trump and what it was like to be a conservative in Hollywood, per the documentary's first trailer, which was released earlier this week. “There’s no compassion. They’re so hypocritical, it’s unreal. They just don’t like the man,” said Dean Cain, best known for playing Superman in the TV show 'Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman.'
Meanwhile, Scott Baio of 'Happy Days' fame said he’s effectively been blacklisted by Hollywood producers for his support of the President. “If you’re not hiring me because I’m a conservative, shame on you. If there’s a civil war, then don’t forget who has all the guns,” Baio said to Barak. “It bothers me that people won’t speak to me, because I’m a Trump guy.”
'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' star Kristy Swanson said she is hoping that things will change for the better in the near future. “I feel that it’s time to set the example of let’s just all get along, ya know?” she said. “We can learn from each other. We don’t have to hate each other.”
Former 'Grey’s Anatomy' star Isaiah Washington said he had a theory that could explain the hatred Hollywood bears for Trump. “So what I’ve seen with the media, who is notorious for having a nasty, dirty, low-life Hollyweird behavior, attack this man because he’s the president, I begin to put it together: Ah, he knows their secrets. I would be a little nervous too,” he said.
Barak reportedly interviewed 24 celebrities about their views on the current administration, including Kid Rock and Kevin Sorbo. There were also some anti-Trump guests, one of them being Eric Roberts, who has already cast his vote for Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden. “It’s urgent. We have a lunatic in the White House," he said.
Barak was asked why she interviewed Trump haters for the documentary, to which she fervently said, "Because we are all Americans! Because we are SO fortunate to be members of the biggest democracy in the world."
“I appreciate the freedom of speech we have and the great melting pot America is. We should celebrate it every day!” she urged, adding that her work is “not a superficial documentary like: ‘I love Trump’ or ‘I hate Trump.’ It discusses many topics we are facing these days: racism, socialism, the crucial point that we are at, the way the world views America.”
'Trump vs. Hollywood' is set to premiere December 14, 2020, and will be available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.