The New Math: Hollywood + Prop 8 = ?
Today's LA Times asks a pressing question: "Should there be boycotts, blacklists, firings or de facto shunning of those who supported Proposition 8?"
This question has surfaced in the wake of recent high-profile "outing" of Prop 8 supporters and the subsequent consumer and community backlash, like in the case of local eatery El Coyote. But the Times is making a rather pointed connection to the post-Prop 8 fallout, namely the relationship between "liberal Hollywood" and the controversial ballot measuring limiting the definition of marriage to that between a man and woman only and outlawing same-sex marriage.
They point to the numerous rumblings about pro-Prop 8 industry insiders, starting with "Scott Eckern, director of the nonprofit California Musical Theatre in Sacramento, who resigned after a flurry of complaints from prominent theater artists, including "Hairspray" composer Marc Shaiman, when word of his contribution to the Yes on 8 campaign surfaced," and adding others to the growing list like "Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that puts on both the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards; the Cinemark theater chain; and the Sundance Film Festival."
So what is the connection between Hollywood and what is largely (and over-generally) referred to as gay activism?