“1. The U.S. government thought she might be a communist. When she was 10,” Jamie Fuller of the Washington Post claims.
As Mollie Hemingway points out that, nothing of that sort ever happened. A witness did testify that Communists were making use of celebrity names to promote their agenda.
The left, with its usual propensity for smearing and twisting anything it could use to discredit the United States, turned that into a claim that Congress was worried about Shirley Temple being a Communist.
J. B. Matthews, a witness who appeared before our committee, testified as follows:
“The Communist Party relies heavily upon the carelessness or indifference of thousands of prominent citizens in lending their names for its propaganda purposes. For example, the French newspaper Ce Soir, which is owned outright by the Communist Party, recently featured hearty greetings from Clark Gable, Robert Taylor, James Cagney, and even Shirley Temple. The League of Women Shoppers boasts of the membership of Miriam Hopkins and Bette Davis. A list of such persons could be expanded almost indefinitely. No one, I hope, is going to claim that any one of these persons in particular is a Communist. The unfortunate fact, however, remains that most of them unwittingly serve, albeit in this slight way, the purposes of the Communist Party. Their names have definite propaganda value which the party is quick to exploit.”
Harold Ickes, the father of Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff of that same name, did what the left has always done, lie and smear.
“They’ve [Committee on Un-American Activities] gone into Hollywood and there discovered a great red plot. They have found dangerous radicals there, led by little Shirley Temple. Imagine the great committee raiding her nursery and seizing her dolls as evidence.”
Here is what Secretary of Labor Francis Perkins said: “Perhaps it is fortunate that Shirley Temple was born an American citizen and that we will not have to debate the issue raised by the preposterous revelations of your committee in regard to this innocent and likeable child.”
It was the left that pretended that Shirley Temple was being accused of Communism and it’s the left that is still pretending that in order to demonize any criticism of an ideology that murdered millions.