Harry Belafonte: Inside Every Hollywood Liberal Is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


belAppearing on MSNBC, singer and former civil rights icon Harry Belafonte told President Barack Obama how he should take control of the political debate. His answer? Jail opponents. “That there should be this lingering infestation of really corrupt people who sit trying to dismantle the wishes of the people, the mandate that has been given to Barack Obama, and I don’t know what more they want,” Belafonte told race hustler Al Sharpton. “The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a third world dictator and just put all these guys in jail.”

Belafonte added that Republicans were “violating the American desire,” and described Republicans as an “infestation.”

This is the true language of the Hollywood left unmasked. The great lie of Hollywood is that leftists may not agree with you, but they’ll die for your right to say it. The truth is somewhat less glorious: they’ll fire you for your right to say it. The same sort of totalitarianism evidenced by Belafonte here runs rampant throughout Hollywood. It doesn’t matter what the issue is: if you take the wrong side, the Hollywood left wants you shut down completely and utterly. If they had the power of the prisons, they’d use it.

When Miss California, Carrie Prejean, told the Miss USA contest in 2009 that she was for traditional marriage, that prompted this little gem of liberal tyranny from rumormonger Perez Hilton, a judge in that contest: “She’s a dumb bitch! And a hypocrite too!” He later said he voted against her because “Miss USA should represent everyone. Her answer alienated millions of gay and lesbian Americans, their families and their supporters.” Forget the fact that there are far more millions of religious people who disapprove of homosexuality. Where Hilton comes from, those who disagree are shut down.

That’s the rule, not the exception. When it came out that Mormon artistic director of the California Musical Theater Scott Eckern had backed Proposition 8, upholding same-sex marriage, the Hollywood community came out of the closet to try to destroy his career. Marc Shaiman, composer of Hairspray, said that he wouldn’t let his musical be performed at the Theater unless Eckern was fired. “I was uncomfortable with money made off my work being used to put discrimination in the Constitution,” said Shaiman. Jeffrey Seller, producer of Avenue Q, joined the anti-Eckern jihad. “That a man who makes his living exclusively through the musical theater could do something so hurtful to the community that forms his livelihood is a punch in the stomach,” he said. Eckern was forced to quit. Shaiman’s take: “It felt fantastic.”

This isn’t rare. Hollywood kook Bette Midler supported the IRS’s crusade against conservative non-profits: “I love the IRS!” she cheered on Twitter. Hollywoodites revel in the new blacklist that allows them to keep conservative creators unemployed. “I hope so,” Nicholas Meyer, director of Star Trek II, told me about discrimination against conservatives in Hollywood.

It’s not relegated to Hollywood, of course. The environmentalist movement has suggested for years that those who do not buy into anthropogenic global warming be shipped to a desert island. “Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay,” says environmentalist Steve Zwick. “Let’s let their houses burn. Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands. Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices.”

Inside leftists, the totalitarian impulse lurks: the impulse to control, and the simultaneous impulse to follow a great leader. And in places like Hollywood, where one party control is the rule rather than the exception, such impulses find fruition in industrywide discrimination.

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  • no1

    Remember how loudly Hollywood cried when McCarthy purged the Communists? Hypocrisy knows no bounds in Hollywood. And their movies have been terrible for decades.

    • pagegl

      Hollywood cried due the actions of the House Un-American Activities Committee. McCarthy was exposing Communists in the federal government.

    • Questions

      Hollywood's movies have been far superior for decades than the badly-lit, badly-acted Hays Code-driven drivel preceding it. And Harry Belafonte is about as representative of today's film community as Kim Kardashian.

      As for Ben Shapiro, he never wastes an opportunity to inject the word "Hollywood" into the title of his diatribes so as to arouse hatred. Apparently, some people here take the bait.

      • RebeccaJean

        Your opinion that hollywood movies have been far superior for decades is just that, opinion. There are many who prefer the Spencer Tracy's, Myrna Loy's, John Wayne era much better than the drivel that is largely put out today. IN MY OPINION.

        As for Ben Shapiro. He never wastes an opportunity to expose hatred. There. Fixed your second to the last sentence for ya. He gave some pretty good examples of the totalitarian rage of the left in the piece he wrote.

        Harry Belafonte is passed his sell by date in hollywood. But he is a revered figure to them as are most leftwing celebrities who like to blather on about the "evil" conservatives.

    • dmw

      Somebody correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't SENATOR McCarthy going after/concerned about identifying Communists within the government and it was the HOUSE Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) that delved into and conducted hearings that involved the entertainment industry?

  • ziggy zoggy

    Belafonte is still bitter because Carmen dumped him, and shooting his racist totalitarian mouth off is the only way he can get a few people to notice hmi long enough to yawn.

  • john spielman

    his interview should be seen on FOX news and Bill O' Reilly should interview him. This is the "intolerance of tolerance " and the true colors of the leftist whether Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, or Belafonte.

  • jaynice

    Well if Republicans & conservatives etc would stop going to the movies, buying very little high priced product they ho out for & supporting these kooks the would start feeling the power of the non libs.

    • Deep Space

      It is simple isnt' it? The only reason these people get their names in the news along with their loathsome ideas about how to run a society is because we can't get enough of their sick products. If we didn't buy they couldn't spout.

  • davarino

    I was wandering what that old @ss was doing. He is just showing his totalitarian self

    Its funny, I thought the fascists were supposed to be on the right. At least thats what the left told us. I guess that was just projection.

    Zieg Heil

    • Western Spirit

      Actually Nazi stands for national socialist and isn't right at all. That's a misconception.

      • davarino

        Yes, I know, I was just trying to be facetious. But thats all they have is fascism. They cant debate or allow debate of the issues because they do not have a leg to stand on. Therefore they resort to infringing on free speach

    • PAthena

      Fascists are on the "left." The founder of the Fascist Party in Italy was Benito Mussolini. He was a leader of the italian Socialist Party which was anti-war during World War I, according to the Socialist dogma that wars are between capitalists, and he was the editor of the Italian Socialist newspaper Avanti. He changed his mind in 1917 and joined the Italian army (Italy was on the side against Germany), and he founded the Fascist Party as a nationalist socialist party. That is why Adolf Hitler eventually became his ally, when Hitler founded the "National Socialist Party" ("Nazional Socialismus" – "Nazi" for short.)

  • Asher

    The Hollywood left can afford to be radicals, they are not persecuted and penalized….Reminds one of the Muslims who murdered Lee Rigby,, shouting Allah Akbar saying, "This must be done, we can't put up with this government." Totalitarians, Jihadists, Communists…all three apply.

  • neils60

    Pure and simple, a true "Progressive"=Harry Belafonte.

  • robertthomason

    One people, one nation, one leader

    • Kuffar

      Ein volk, ein reich, ein fuhrer… Hial Hitler

  • http://frontpage richard sherman

    Belafonte and Calypso Louie are two peas from the same far left totalitarian pod.

  • HopeChangeInAZ

    It shouldn't be restricted to just Hollywood liberals. If you have any clue as to how a liberal thinks, none of them are very far removed from being a full blown totalitarian.

  • JeffWRidge

    This is how everyone on the far left thinks. Belafonte, Zwick, et al are just the only ones willing to openly state it. The fact that so many now feel free to make such statements should frighten every American, because it indicates that they think that they could get away with doing what they suggest.

    That is how close we are to losing all of our freedoms entirely. They haven't begun locking away dissenters en masse yet, but as the IRS and James Rosen scandals show, they're willing to use the power of government to go after their perceived enemies. It's a slippery slope.

  • I_Goldstein

    Harry Belafonte is a pathetic, decrepit old one hit wonder who's one hit was 58 years ago. He's been running on vapors ever since.

  • Zombee

    Stop supporting Hollyweird commies like has-been Belefonte with your patriot capitalist dollars.

  • CurmudgyOneJr

    He needs to move "Down the way, where the nights are gay…" as his only hit song (40+ years ago?) said. This is hate speech, if there ever was hate speech.

    So, if you're conservative, you are spouting "hate speech" if you call a couple "husband and wife" or say you don't like Muslims … but if you're a liberal @ss like this old has-been, you can say all this stuff and get it repeated in the press … and cheered by the Hollywood creeps and fools. Welcome to "Liberal" America.

    • tagalog

      You forgot "Banana Boat Song" and "Island In the Sun." Belafonte had a number of hits, not just "Jamaica Farewell." He also was in several paternalistic movies about the plight of blacks both in the Caribbean and the United States, including one about a nuclear apocalypse (The World, The Flesh, and The Devil) in which he explored a relationship with -gasp!- a white woman. The white folk song crowd loved him. Blacks, not so much. They were listening to jazz, rhythm and blues, and the Detroit (later Motown) sound. Belafonte was singing "Man Piaba, Woman Piaba" at Carnegie Hall, not the Apollo Theater.

  • ukases

    I support his ideas because they set a precident. Once we take back power we can use his logic to put his butt in jail for his anti conservative speach. Also we can then use the IRS with impunity to harass libs because they say it's ok to do so against people with whom the president disagrees.

  • cxt

    When the mask slips on the Left you get a good view of some really sick puppies.

    Plus they don't seem all that smart–I mean really screaming about discrimination while plotting to discriminate against others. Demanding tolerance and respect for those THEY deem "worthy" while doing everything they can to deny any degree or tolerance and respect for anyone that has the temerity to disagree with them politically.

    Only a dedicated Lefty can STILL be handwringing and crying over the blacklists of the past while applying one of their own.

    Sheesh.

  • http://twitter.com/stanthedog @stanthedog

    Harry couldn't get a gig on one of those Carnival cruise ships that are about to sink. He is a fan of the Hate boat, not the Love boat.

  • Alex Kovnat

    H.B. comes across as a bitter man.

  • Stephen_Brady

    Don't support the likes of Harry. Use your money on good things … more guns, ammo, and equipment!

  • Christopher Riddle

    MEGA DITTOS TO THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tagalog

    When it comes to Harry Belafonte, just remember who his audience was. It wasn't black people who made him wealthy from his calypso singing and his movies.

    • SCiorcMor

      Succinct, to the point, and accurate.

  • tagalog

    When Harry Belafonte calls for jailing people who disagree with his prescription for what ought to be done with America, he reveals not only his true totalitarian self, but he also helps to clarify the nature of the racial divide that exists in this country.

    Hooray for more clarity. We begin to know where we stand.

  • EthanP

    He's a Communist, just like his pals Castro nand Chavez. This is how Communists think!

  • EarlyBird

    Belafonte, a bitter, angry man who is obsessed with his enemies. Not unlike Horowitz and his little army, just on the flipside of the political coin.

    • pagegl

      Your coin seems to be very lop-sided. I don't recall Horowitz calling for those who disagree with him to be jailed.

  • Robert

    These comments are pretty revealing! Surprise, people make flip fascist comments all the time, right and left. Lots of people bringing race into it of course, lots of people saying they would do the same thing to liberals. Funny how some cherry-picked statements become "every hollywood liberal." What a joke of an op-ed, don't even know a ridiculous fallacy when they see one.

  • redc1c4

    this certainly explains Ear Leader’s focus on disarming the American public…

    it’s hard as hell to stock a gulag with zeks when your secret police get killed by the kulaks when they go to kidnap them for “crimes against the state”…

  • cjkcjk

    I really wish these guys would just be honest and speak what’s in their hearts; kill Whitey! (after you steal everything he owns first)

    • pupsncats

      The truth simply stated.

  • OfficialPro

    Just more proof that calypso music rots the brain… (or maybe it was the reefer)

  • edgineer

    Since McCarthy we have known that the Communist Party had recruited most of Hollywood into it’s ranks. It is laughable that today we use words like Liberal, Progressive and Left when any reasonably astute person should realize we really mean Communist. And that is what Belafonte is and that is what BO is.

  • dizzyizzy

    I know that line about liberals being closet totalitarians is accepted by many Frontpage readers. It is true that Nazis, the various forms of fascism, and social democracy are statist. But to state that all liberals want nothing but the most extreme forms of mind-management is unfair. I wrote about the origin of totalitarianism here, and how Orwell muddied the waters, with the assistance of his British Labour colleagues. See http://clarespark.com/2012/10/15/orwell-power-and-the-totalitarian-state/. “Orwell, power, and the ‘totalitarian’ State.”

    • pupsncats

      I don’t think liberals are closet totalitarians-I think they are open totalitarians. All of them in every institution-schools, the military, the media, the courts, the churches, governments, foundations, unions, business, use their positions and their money to advocate liberalism which is, by definition today, an ideology that stifles individualism, punishes honesty, glorifies every sin imaginable, and strives to create huge government entities that have the power to control every aspect of human life. Thus, the ideology of liberalism is totalitarianism.

      • dizzyizzy

        When such magazines as Frontpage and its brethren are shut down and the marketplace of ideas is no more, then you might have a point. But we are not there yet. Don’t minimize cultural pluralism and the internet. Orwell worried about the direction of social democracy in Britain and I do too, but your comment is historically inaccurate and demoralizing. Are you a troll?

        • pupsncats

          Yes it is demoralizing to know that the criminal,the corrupt, the haters of liberty, the Constitution, decency, common sense, the rule of law, individual responsibility, honesty, and the lovers of sin and perversion are the norm rather than the exception.

          Have you read David Horowitz’s extensive writings about liberal individuals, organizations and groups? If not, I’d suggest you do to open your eyes to the ugly truth. He isn’t the only one who has exposed how liberals truly are totalitarians but he is one of the most thorough.

          • dizzyizzy

            Your outrage at me is misplaced. I closely follow the writings of David Horowitz and his team. We are not fascists yet. It is an obscenity for you to hint at such. Are there signs of protofascism? Yes. We should be mobilized and on guard. The opponents to this administration should appeal to the Constitution and insist that it be followed. You haven’t read my work, and you sound like either a paranoid or a troll. Sorry.

          • Rob Hobart

            Your “work” is pretentious blather.

          • cjkcjk

            I understand what you’re saying, but IMHO the real point is that they are fascists. The only reason why they aren’t killing people is SIMPLY because they currently don’t have the power to do so……….YET!!!!!
            It is a fatal and stupid mistake to think otherwise.
            Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol pot, etc. never murdered anyone until they could, but they were always the same type of person before or after attaining power.

          • Nick

            How about we call them for what they are before they start killing and imprisoning people for having an independent thought?

          • dizzyizzy

            Perhaps this will clarify my position: http://clarespark.com/2013/04/21/fascism-what-it-is-what-it-is-not/. “Fascism: what it is, what it is not.”

        • Rob Hobart

          More non-responsive fatuous pseudo-intellectualizing.

        • pupsncats

          No, I am not a troll. Cultural pluralism and the Internet haven’t done anything to stop the onslaught of liberalism throughout the entire country since it permeates and dominates everything. The past two generations have been conditioned, indoctrinated and brainwashed to accept it as the only future.

          • dizzyizzy

            You and the rest of those who have challenged me may not think of yourselves as trolls, but you do their work. David Horowitz is not anti-intellectual. He is a fighter, and fighters don’t spurn discussion of language and strategy. And they most certainly don’t insult their allies.

      • ebonystone

        Perhaps liberals are not “closet totalitarians”, but they refuse to criticize those who are, reserving all their venom for viewpoints to the right of their own. “No enemies to the left” was the watchword for all leftist parties in European parliaments. Thus Radicals would criticize Royalists, Conservatives, Liberals (classical liberals), and Free Democrats, but never Social Democrats, Social Laborists, Socialists, or Communists. And Socialists would criticize every one but the Communists.
        Or, as Fabian Society leader H.G.Welles (or was it G. B. Shaw?) said: “We and the Bolsheviks are on the same road, the difference is that they are moving along it faster.”
        Or just look at the bile leftists have heaped on “rightist” regimes like Franco’s Spain or PInochet’s Chile or Israel, while ignoring or denying the far more egregious tyrannies of Castro’s Cuba or Chavez’ Venezuela, or Saudi Arabia or the ayatollahs’ Iran.

    • Rob Hobart

      It is “accepted” because the evidence overwhelmingly supports it. You have offered no response other than to link to a fatuous bit of pseudo-intellectual babble which is wholly irrelevant to the topic.

    • cjkcjk

      Of course we’re headed for civil war! WTF, what thinking, historically literate man hasn’t realized that yet?
      I’m not joking in the slightest; you need to wake up. I don’t look forward to such a catastrophe in the slightest, but the evil left has become too strong, while the decent among us have become too weak.
      Seriously, read some fu*ken history…..SERIOUSLY.

  • drthomasedavis

    All those mindless fools in Hollywood who were endowed by God with some semblance of acting. instrumental or vocal abilities should be thanking him and not giving credit to the idiots who are destroying America. When a talented singer like Harry Belafonte counsels Obama to put dissenters in prison it is certain he would have been in the crowd in the palace courtyard of Pilate clamoring for the Crucifixion of Christ. Money does most certainly purchase some power; it does not however purchase intelligence. The Hollywood Glitterati are for the most part liberal idiots with a love of communistic totalitarianism. Examples: Penn, Belafonte, Fonda
    Glover, Alec Baldwin and Whoopie Goldberg.

  • pupsncats

    Once in a while, the demonic liberal can’t help but expose who he/she really is. They are all for every sin imaginable and would love to exterminate anyone who resists slavery and control by them.

  • Simon9

    Harry Belafonte is an extreme example of the rot that occurs in the minds of many on the left when faced with people who aren’t buying into their values or causes. I suspect a great many on the left deep down feel (with a big emphasis on the word “feel” rather than “think”) that they and their fellow travelers represent what is “good” and those who disagree with them are “bad”.

    Hence the name-calling and insinuations of personal failings (“Racist!” “Homophobe!”) although in more extreme cases, like Belafonte’s, calls for imprisonment or death of the “enemy” seem appropriate to them. I find liberals to be almost universally very intellectually lazy people who must frequently resort to various games of argumentation when called out on their often idiotic, unsupportable beliefs. And that’s why conservative speakers at college campuses are typically boycotted or shouted down.

    The left hates the political internet and talk radio which they’d love to control through regulation because people CAN speak back to their “precious” anti-freedom ideas and expose their nonsense.