“Feeling Patriotic”: James Wood Allegedly Dropped By Agent For Conservative Views

362px-Fourth_of_July_fireworks_behind_the_Washington_Monument,_1986Talent agent Ken Kaplan has a curious way of celebrating the Fourth of July.  According to James Wood, Kaplan used the holiday celebrating a nation committed to free speech and self-determination by publicly dropping the actor for his conservative views.  He said dropping an artist for his political views makes him feel “patriotic.”  Notably, none of the artists represented by Kaplan protested the discrimination against a fellow artists for political reasons.

Kaplan went to his Twitter account during the holiday and declared  “It’s the 4th of July and I’m feeling patriotic. I don’t want to represent you anymore. I mean I can go on a rant but you know what I’d say.”

Woods responded with an apt point:

 

Woods previously said that he was “blacklisted” from jobs due to his politics.

His two Academy Award nominations and three Emmy Awards or decades in movies does not appear to be enough to overcome that bias.

My main interest is how other artists represented by Kaplan would remain silent in the face of such an action.  Countless movies and books  have been done on the blacklisting of communists in Hollywood but somehow the thought of a conservative being dropped by studios or agents is not considered an attack on the art community as a whole.  If Kaplan imposed a political litmus test, his pride in the public scorning of Woods should be met with equally public condemnations of Kaplan from other artists.

98 thoughts on ““Feeling Patriotic”: James Wood Allegedly Dropped By Agent For Conservative Views”

    1. David Benson owes me eight citations (one from the OED) and the source of a quotation, after six weeks and needs to cite all his work from now on. – you are just Making Stuff Up.

        1. David Benson owes me eight citations (one from the OED) and the source of a quotation, after six weeks and needs to cite all his work from now on. – Nope!!!

          1. Insanity is repeating the same behavior expecting a different result.

            Paul C Schulte is in that respect insane.

            1. David Benson owes me eight citations (one from the OED) and the source of a quotation, after six weeks and needs to cite all his work from now on. – you, like Marky Mark Mark, are repeating yourself. Not good.

              1. The fact that you cannot recognize that behavior in yourself is an indication of a serious mental condition; seek help.

                1. Excellent. I enjoy how you have gotten under the craw of one of our resident wackjobs who apparently doesn’t have a hobby. Just for further grins and giggles, I find that they tend to freak the f*ck out when you ignore them for a few days. Just sayin.

                  this is to david

                  1. Marky Mark Mark – first, read my latest missive to David Benson owes me eight citations (one from the OED) and the source of a quotation, after six weeks and needs to cite all his work from now on. second, I do not care whether you respond to me or not. My day does not change one way or the other regardless. I do have hobbies, but they are none of your business.

                    1. Paul C. Schulte,..
                      -Markypoo has an highly inflated opinion of his value and impact in these threads.
                      I do think that at some point it’s appropriate to recognize his special gift at being an ——-, and all of hard work he puts in to continually stay in practise.

                2. David Benson owes me eight citations (one from the OED) and the source of a quotation, after six weeks and needs to cite all his work from now on. – I told you before, what I am doing is behavioral psychology. As you start giving me citations, you will be rewarded as the number goes down (assuming you start citing your sources as well) and maybe, eventually, it goes away. You don’t give up on your child the first time they fall down, you keep helping them to walk. However, you are too old to treat like a child, so I have taken a carrot-and-stick approach. The answer is always yours. How much stick are you willing to take?

                  Oh, I minored in psychology and you are projecting.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.