Directors Check Actors’ Social Media Before Casting to Make Sure they Don’t Support Trump

An HBO comic actor actor speaks out.

Comic actor Jimmy Yang has been stealing the show on recent episodes of Silicon Valley. In the show, he created an app called “SeeFood” that can only detect whether a food item is a “hot dog” or “not a hot dog.”  (The character had originally planned on being able to identify all foods, but he didn’t want to scan the whole internet for them.)

Here’s a great clip from the show that shows Yang in action:

Yang recently disclosed exactly how prejudiced directors are against Trump-supporting actors in a recent interview. According to Hollywood in Toto:

Yang described a conversation he had recently with a casting executive at “one of the studios” in Hollywood. Yang wanted to know if the person cared how many Instagram followers someone had before hiring them. In our social media age, having a large cyber following can be attractive to some employers.

“I do check the Instagrams to see if there’s anything weird, if they get drunk every day or if they’re a Trump supporter,” Yang recalls her saying. “Then, I don’t know. I would have a hard time…”

“That’s messed up, though,” Yang says about her confession. “Aren’t you being a bigot in a way?”

And it’s not just that guy. “For the vast majority of conservatives who work in entertainment, going to set or the office each day has become a game of avoidance and secrecy,” David Ng wrote in the L.A. Times. “The political closet is now a necessity for many in an industry that is among the most liberal in the country.”

Well, that’s pretty rude. For all their talk of tolerance, eliminating actors because they're like the half of America that doesn't lean left doesn’t sound very accepting. Good for Yang for speaking out about the underside of Hollywood's “tolerance police.”

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