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In commenting on the challenges he has faced since moving to the right politically, Airplane! director David Zucker observes,Â in Hollywood, “you sort of feel like you have to hide [your conservatism]. When you meet, you give each other a secret look â€” ‘Are you a Republican, too?’ It’s the new gay.”
I had to smile when I read that, given that for the better part of my first five years in Los Angeles, I kept pretty tight-lipped about my politics, yet have been pretty open about my sexuality. Â I mean, until 2004, all my friends here knew I was gay. Â Only a handful knew I was a Republican.
Well, now Zucker has done me, indeed all of us, one better. Â He’s made a movie spoofing that flabby filmmaker. Â In An American Carol, he spoofs an America-hating filmmaker with a striking resemblance to Moore. Â
Not just that, he’s helping a few Hollywood conservatives come out of the closet at the same time. Â Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper and Jon Voight all play parts in this film. Â Anyway, it comes out in fewer than two weeks, next Friday, October 3. Â So, you can celebrate Sarah Palin’s debate victory over Joe Biden by watching the film.
it’ll remind me of the role Michael Moore played in my Hollywood coming out.