Actress Julienne Davis, who co-starred in “Eyes Wide Shut” with Tom Cruise, wrote a Fox News op-ed this month, titled: “I came out as a conservative in Hollywood. Here’s the incredible story of what happened next.”
Unsurprisingly, it was nothing short of all-out rejection. Soon after the revelation that she was conservative, which took place around a year ago, hated on social media ensued.
“I’ve been attacked with obscenities, called a racist, and had one person tell me he hoped I would die,” Davis added.
She noted the same observation many conservatives make when looking at Hollywood liberals: They aren’t willing to hear anyone else’s side of the story.
“Members of the Hollywood left don’t want to listen, discuss, or even see a dissenting viewpoint that challenges their own comfortable echo chamber,” she noted. “It’s ironic that an industry that constantly talks about diversity is so judgmental, hateful and utterly rigid in its groupthink.”
But she did say there were a few liberal friends who were reasonable, and she hopes together they can prompt a civil societal discourse.
“It is they and maybe conservatives like me who will hopefully help to bring people together again and end this insane polarization we are all witnessing,” she wrote.
She said her Sept. 1 op-ed was greeted with a flood of empathetic conservatives with similar experiences.
“As people started reading and commenting in greater and greater numbers and thousands of personal messages started pouring in to me, one thing became abundantly clear: my experience of being attacked for holding conservative beliefs resonated with many people,” Davis wrote.
She added that conservatives are “shunned, unfriended, shamed, vilified, ridiculed and sometimes we even lose work. It seems we are considered part of a new Axis of Evil.”
She advises her conservative peers to rise above it and to not “play dirty and return ad hominem insults with the same snarky smugness. This accomplishes nothing.”
“Instead, we need to bypass the insults, engage in rational discussion and serious debate, and not allow our egos to get in the way,” Davis concluded. “And we need to invite our progressive critics to join us on the high road – if they are willing to act like mature adults. After all, what is the alternative?”
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