Antonio Sabato Jr. Plans to Launch a Conservative Movie Studio
Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. announced on Twitter that he wants to launch a conservative movie studio geared towards content that he believes Hollywood would normally avoid.
“To all conservative producers who want to make a change this is the time, get in touch with me, and be part of our team. Blacklisting in Hollywood and around my industry is about to be over forever. We are not going to be bullied by you any longer! No more blacklisting and no more injustice from the socialist’s elites,” he wrote.
Sabato Jr. (“Melrose Place”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) has been a longtime supporter of President Trump and has ostensibly paid the price for it after 30 years of working in Hollywood — telling Variety in March that he hasn’t gotten work in Hollywood since the 2016 election. Even his agents and managers deserted him too. He eventually had to relocate to Florida, where he now works long days in construction.
With his plans to return to Hollywood, the actor is already touting an upcoming project — a film called Trail Blazers, joined by fellow Trump supporters as costars: Kristy Swanson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Scott Baio (“Happy Days”). No date has been set yet on production for the project.
Sabato Jr. does have a point: Hollywood is notoriously liberal — and many openly conservative actors such as Tim Allen (“Last Man Standing”) and James Woods (Casino) have also disclosed the troubles they’ve faced in the industry, due to their political views.
As pointed out by former child actor from TV’s “Home Improvement”, Zachery Ty Bryan: “The party of tolerance and acceptance is only accepting if you agree with them” — referring to liberals in Hollywood.
It’s understandable if there’s a moral issue at stake, but is shunning someone simply because they have a different political background acceptable in Hollywood or any other industry? For the sake of argument, surely in any given work environment the average American may be working alongside someone with vastly different political beliefs than them. It’s inevitable, and it is part of the liberty of being an American.
The rationale for detractor’s of the Trump administration though, is that he is morally corrupt: evident in his stances and reforms against immigrants, the LGBTQ community, people of color and women.
Although many critics have slammed Hollywood for its liberal bent, it actually has an ongoing adherence to conservative tastes as well. Driven by financial incentives, Hollywood often avoids alienating its more conservative audiences in its own right — shying from presumably less “commercial” subjects like people of color or LGBTQ characters or actors. It’s a balancing act, and like every other industry, a work in progress.