New Blacklist Update: Ed Asner, Martin Sheen Want Oscar Boycott for ‘Zero...

New Blacklist Update: Ed Asner, Martin Sheen Want Oscar Boycott for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’



by Christian Toto

Hollywood celebrities will never stop talking about the horrors of the Blacklist, an era when Communist sympathizers within the industry were hounded for their beliefs, losing work and even their freedom in the worst cases.

Yet when stars like Ed Asner and Martin Sheen insist Academy voters boycott a film because it doesn’t align with their worldview, those same Blacklist bashers fall silent.

We’ve already seen veteran actor David Clennon declare his intentions to punish the film Zero Dark Thirty this awards season for allegedly promoting torture.

Now, a pair of higher profile stars are repeating Clennon’s wish to smite the film for having the wrong ideology.

Asner and Sheen have joined a list of actors protesting the movie because of the torture scenes. “I would like to condemn the movie,” Asner told the New York Times. Asner and Sheen are asking Oscar voters to “factor in matters of conscience when casting awards votes,” the report says.

Those who think dredging up thoughts of a New McCarthyism are simply the views of Breitbart News can take a gander at this op-ed from The Huffington Post.

The saddest effect of the anti-ZDT camp is its swerve toward a new McCarthyism. I admit that it’s not the most adept analogy, but it’s altogether too disproportionate to make comparisons between the anti-ZDT camp and the denunciations of artists by the early Leninists, Stalinists, and Maoists that escalated into the exiling, imprisonment, and execution of artists. But we should remember that it was such slides of the left into wholesale fascism that set even the most benign factions of the left back politically in America and Europe for over half a century. Which is why I ask Sheen, Asner, Clennon and their supporters to consider how they are helping to fracture the left with their censoring of art from the awards it deserves



  1. Here's a thought! Maybe it could be the fact it broke OPSEC/PERSEC by reveling Intel from WH to HOLLYWEIRD to make money off of our SEAL's. Thanks Obama for putting SPECOPS in danger!

  2. Again, I couldn't care LESS what celebrities think about anything. Why would anyone? They know NOTHING about reality and for the most part don't have the education to qualify them to speak intelligently about issues!

    • I like Ed Asner as an actor. I really like Martin Sheen as an actor. I don't care for either of them as an activist. Please, Mr. Asner and Mr. Sheen, stop buying the liberal garbage and then spreading it around as if you're doing a humanitarian thing. Have you opinion, I would never deny you the right to have and express your opinion. But your views and opinions (yes, I'm using that word a lot…) carry no more weight than mine or Jen's or anyone else who is a citizen of this country. You want freedom of speech and expression for yourself, yet you call for a boycott on this movie's award chances… thus attempting to deny the film maker freedom of speech and expression. That, my dear entertainers, is incongruous.

  3. Piss Christ is art, revered and celebrated. Zero Dark Thirty should be censored. CLOSE-MINDED HYPOCRITES! Do what I want they way I want or it isn't art. They can't even be consistent in their bigotry.

  4. I was really bored with the first half…to much yacking about torture…which was little to my thinking. Heck the poor girl in…the other Navy Seal movie she got worse treatment then this guy. She had a nail driven through her hand, eye busted dang near out. But ZDT got it on which made it all ok….Wait a sec….I never watched that Chain Saw Massacre….movie….would that have been torture?