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Why 'Liberal Hollywood' Is a Myth

Hollywood has a reputation for being a bastion for liberalism in America. It hasn't totally earned it.

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So maybe Brett Ratner’s triple threat of homophobia, misogyny and plain disrespect for humanity do represent more than just the juiced-up views of a single megalomaniac. But even though Hollywood may not be as forward-thinking as it seems, we’re forever thankful for those who do speak out on behalf of a better, more accepting nation—and hope that it will rub off on their peers.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd is an associate editor at AlterNet and a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor. Formerly the executive editor of The FADER, her work has appeared in VIBE, SPIN, New York Times and various other magazines and websites.