There was once a time in film history during which patriotism was the norm. Whether an actor suspended a lucrative career to join the military or a producer backed a project that reflected traditional values, it was not uncommon for Hollywood and mainstream American culture to overlap.
Few in today’s entertainment industry would declare, as John Wayne did, “Sure I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be.”
Even those who subscribed to a radical leftist worldview realized espousing such beliefs publicly would be professionally detrimental. As our society has lurched leftward, however, Hollywood has remained ahead of the curve.
It is now not uncommon to hear prominent actors spew reprehensible partisan tripe only to see their popularity soar. Those in that industry who dare buck the trend and show any conservative leanings whatsoever are roundly vilified, discouraging many from making even the most superficial of political comments.
Thankfully, there are several who literally risk their careers to speak out against the stranglehold leftism currently has in Hollywood. The following list includes a number of unabashed conservatives among others who, while they might not completely reflect rightwing ideology, have a healthy respect for America’s founding principles.
In no particular order, these prominent stars have made it clear that they do not walk in lockstep with the leftist drones that constantly surround them.
25. Shannen Doherty
This Beverly Hills 90210 alum has gone on to earn recognition for her starring role in Charmed. Though the characters have not always embodied a conservative role model, Doherty has made numerous references to her own beliefs.
“I realize that the majority of people in the entertainment business happen to be Democrats,” she once confirmed. “I have no problem with that. And they should have no problem with the fact that I’m a Republican.”
She has also referred to herself as an “avid supporter of Ronald Reagan,” a man she described as “fabulous.”
24. Drew Carey
A comedian and actor who succeeded Bob Barker as the host of The Price is Right in 2007 proudly considers himself a libertarian who puts a high value on personal liberty.
In one interview, he shared his view that conservatives in Hollywood face a steep uphill battle while one can “pretty much get away with being a libertarian.”
Though he said colleagues apparently see a big difference between the two ideologies, Carey described libertarians as “conservatives that still get high.”
23. Stacy Dash
During the 2012 election cycle, perhaps no entertainer received harsher criticism for an endorsement than the stunning actress best known for her role in the 1995 film Clueless. When Dash expressed her support for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, the black actress was pilloried by her own community – and leftists in general.
In her initial Twitter post, she called Romney the “only choice for your future,” later responding to criticism with a lengthy essay defending her position.
22. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
A former pro wrestler who transitioned remarkably well into the world of acting, Johnson is a registered Republican who was a performer at the 2000 Republican National Convention.