Many celebrities recently have voiced their concern for innocents dying in Gaza. Unfortunately, since the entertainment biz leans heavily to the left, they do so by turning a blind eye to Hamas’ responsibility and unfairly bashing Israel. But there is more support for Israel in Hollywood than one might suspect, and more and more conservative stars are daring to express that support unabashedly.
In the wake of their highly controversial participation in an open letter from Spain’s artistic community criticizing Israel’s “genocide” of so-called Palestinians, husband-and-wife actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz seemed shocked at the backlash they received, including from colleagues in Tinseltown. Outspoken Hollywood conservative Jon Voight blasted Bardem and Cruz and their ilk in his own open letter defending Israel. Bardem and Cruz both followed up with statements attempting to clarify their position and defending themselves against charges of anti-Semitism.
Now Dean Cain, of television Superman fame, said recently on Fox’s Outnumbered that in the Gaza conflict, it is Israel that best represents Superman’s credo, “truth, justice, and the American way.” He declared that as a democracy threatened by terrorists, Israel deserves our wholehearted support. “Clearly Hamas are terrorists,” said Cain, “and if rockets were being fired from Mexico into my home town of San Diego, Americans wouldn’t accept that for a minute. We’d be taking over that part of Mexico and making it part of California.” Dean must be thinking of the pre-Obama America; today’s anti-colonialist President is more likely to surrender San Diego to Mexico.
Another superhero – Gal Gadot, who will play Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – spoke out as well via social media, posting this on Facebook:
I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens. Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children…We shall overcome!!! Shabbat Shalom!
Gadot is a former Miss Israel who served two years in the Israeli Defense Forces. In a 2011 interview, she stated that
I don’t feel like I’m an ambassador for my country, but I do talk about Israel a lot – I enjoy telling people about where I come from and my religion. I find that people in the U.S., especially in Hollywood, tend to have positive opinions on Israel – both Jewish and non-Jewish people alike. But when I travel to Europe, people often don’t know as much about Israel, and sadly a lot of them have a negative impression of the country.
Perhaps she should be an ambassador, because she handled that last sentence very diplomatically. That was in 2011; these days Europe is a raging hotbed of open Jew-hatred. In any case, bravo for her.
Others in the entertainment industry have spoken out as well, among them: the always blunt shock jock Howard Stern, who asserted that if you’re anti-Israel, you’re anti-American; the even blunter comedienne Joan Rivers, who advised pro-“Palestinian” pop stars Rihanna and Selena Gomez to “shut up, put on pretty clothes, and get themselves off of drugs”; Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli, who Instagramed her respect for the “Brave young men who have protected our country from terror. My heart goes out to their families. They will always be remembered and respected #RIP”; Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik, who donated money to buy bulletproof vests for the IDF; and actors and perennial Twitter warriors Adam Baldwin and Nick Searcy.
A particularly compelling voice was that of Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of entertainment studio Relativity Media and grandson of a Holocaust survivor. In an open letter to industry paper The Hollywood Reporter, Kavanaugh wrote a passionate defense of Israel and urged his Hollywood cohorts to “be thankful you live in and around Hollywood,” because
If you're a woman, gay, Christian, Jewish or just non-Muslim and reading this, be thankful you don’t live in Gaza. Not only would you not be allowed to read this, you probably would be publicly executed. If you’ve ever voiced an opinion that isn’t shared by Hamas publicly or merely attended a meeting where people are discussing anything Hamas does not support, be thankful you don't live in Gaza, as you probably would be publicly executed.
He pointed out that “Israel is one of the most creative nations on the planet, in every dimension of life — invention, research, technology and yes, the arts.” By contrast, Hamas is “one of the most anti-Western, anti-creative, violent forces on the planet”:
So when we see some in Hollywood — truly gifted artists and good people — aligning themselves with views that would be supported by Hamas, which fires rockets frequently and indiscriminately at innocent Tel Aviv citizens, we have to wonder what they're thinking. Are they thinking?
No. Thinking is an impediment to pushing an anti-Israel narrative that doesn’t conform to the facts. It also frequently contradicts feeling, which is what celebrity progressives rely on to form their passionate political positions.
Kavanaugh pulled no punches about Hamas being “virulently committed to killing Jews and destroying Israel.” Paraphrasing Benjamin Netanyahu, Kavanaugh states that “If Israel were to put down its arms tomorrow, Israel would be decimated and all its citizens killed within 24 hours. If Hamas were to put down its arms tomorrow, there would be immediate peace.” Then he asks his Hollywood colleagues, “How can a Hollywood community so tolerant … tolerate this utter tyranny?”
Of course, the answer to this question is that Hollywood progressives aren’t tolerant – progressivism is ultimately totalitarian. Instead of standing up for Western liberal democracies like Israel (or the United States, for that matter) that support human rights, civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the rest, Hollywood leftists have allied themselves, either unwittingly or intentionally, with Islamic supremacists sworn to bring those democracies to their knees.
If more showbiz conservatives keep speaking out, perhaps their progressive counterparts will have less of a stranglehold on Hollywood.
(This article originally appeared here on Frontpage Mag, 8/20/14)