Has Antonio Sabàto Jr been blacklisted from tinsel town? According to him, he has. The actor alleges Hollywood has given him the cold shoulder after he spoke at this year's Republican National Convention in support of GOP nominee Donald Trump.
The former General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful star reached out to Variety, where he discussed the "bullying" and backlash he's received after his speech. He claims he's a getting the brush off.
Sabàto told the trade paper:
I think this country allows you freedom of speech. Anybody should be allowed to say whatever they want. When you’re in my business, you can’t talk about [conservative] politics. You just can’t. You’re attacked viciously in a way that I’ve never been attacked before.
On Twitter, there’s been name calling, and celebrities attacking me. That’s fine. I see it, but I don’t read it. I block them and delete them and move on. There’s so much negativity you can be taken into that. But I’ve also heard from celebrities: “If he can do it, I want to speak my mind too.” They are fed up with the way this country has been running and by all these lies.
I was never a politician. I care about my country. I put God first. For the last seven-and-a-half years, I’ve seen this country led by a leader that’s made mistakes. I spoke my mind about it. But because I’m in the industry, you can’t talk about that. The media and the liberals act the way they act: The will back up the president until the end. It’s been interesting. I’ve had fantastic directors who have said officially to my agents and managers they will never hire me again. They will never even see me for projects. That’s unfair. It’s just like Communism.
Sabàto further claims he was advised by Hollywood directors and agents that he wouldn't get work because of his speech. Reportedly, others are in the same position he is in after they revealed they are Republicans. Sabàto stated:
We’re in the business. You’re supposed to be hired based on your talent and abilities, not because of how you feel about politics or religion. But that’s how they do things. It’s not just me. I know a lot of people in the industry who are in the same boat. The reality is if you’re associated with the Republican Party, the casting directors and producers already blacklist you based on that. I know people that just showed up, they didn’t speak – and they are not getting work because of it.
Hollywood is very liberal, but they contradict themselves all the time. They don’t want the war, but they’ll have a president who voted for the war. Hollywood wants to help the entire world. They do the opposite— government under the Democratic Party has done absolutely nothing. I choose Trump. I support everything he’s going to do. A lot of people in America feel the same way.
It's very interesting he says H'werid "contradicts" themselves after saying this about returning to the show that made him a household name:
Previously, he tried getting fans to mobilize and placed back on GH.
So which is it?