Most people (including fellow theatre folk) presume that anyone involved in the arts is a liberal. Now add vegetarianism to the equation and they figure the person must be a granola-munching, ex-hippie, card-carrying, flaming, die-hard liberal. And though I might have been all those things in my younger (less evolved) years, and some of those things to this day (I still love granola!), one thing I am not, is a liberal. However, people automatically assume that I am, given my veggie ways and my career in the entertainment industry. But we all know what happens when you automatically 'assume' something; and in case you don't: when you assume, you "make an ass out of u and me!"
Now, considering that the majority of individuals in the arts are liberally-oriented, those of us who aren't have found the best policy, in the long run, is to keep our mouths firmly shut; that is, if we want to continue being gainfully employed. There is a definite bias against conservatives, particularly in the entertainment industry, and I've witnessed enough conservative-bashing sessions to know that if ever I fully confessed to being a conservative, my chances of employment would be severely limited. I've heard some rather vicious and derogatory remarks bandied about regarding conservatives and the Republican Party, and though I usually roll my eyes (unobserved, of course), there are times when I've been compelled to respond; though I have learned to choose my battles carefully. I find, for the most part, that liberals in my industry rarely delve into or research an issue and usually just spout the party-line or re-iterate whatever the mainstream liberal media happens to have glommed onto, so it's relatively easy to win an argument.
But, as mentioned, I rarely bother to engage my liberal co-workers in any kind of political discourse because of the need to maintain my cover. Something all my fellow entertainment industry conservatives are forced to do; at least those of us who aren't courageous enough to 'out' ourselves; yet! So, you can imagine what a lonely world it must be for a solitary, conservative fishy swimming in a sea of liberal sharks, not knowing if they all happen to be sharks or if, perchance, there might be one other lone, conservative fishy also masquerading as a shark. And it's no easy task ascertaining who is conservative, due to our necessary 'code of silence'. But there are ways to decipher who they are and oh, what joy, when you do finally encounter a like-minded cohort!.
It's a very delicate dance that usually begins with a group 'bashing' session of some sort. You might notice that one person isn't laughing as heartily at some joke about GWB, or isn't joining in the "Bush should just die" rants, or whatever 'anti' issue they happen to be belaboring at the moment, and you begin to wonder. Could they be
You'd actually be very surprised to discover who the GOPers are in your midst. Some might be rather obvious, but others not at all. There are actors I would have never guessed were Republicans, and people I've known and worked with for years who I only recently discovered were. There are, of course, varying degrees of conservatism amongst those of us in the Arts, but we are out there, and coming to a stage or screen in your area, soon!
(This is dedicated to all my Republican and/or conservative peeps: those who are 'out' and those who are still in the 'closet', like I am. You know who you are! Wink-wink, nudge-nudge. Love ya guys!)