Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government's War on Gays- McCarthyism

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    Jun 22, 2015 9:08 PM GMT
    Short documentary, very informative. Republican McCarthy was a very evil man and it would appear, corrupted the entire GOP, starting at the executive branch of government of the time. In Wiki, besides gay people, just look at the Hollywood blacklist under victims! icon_twisted.gif

    https://news.yahoo.com/uniquely-nasty--the-u-s--governments-war-on-gays-191808993.html

    Yahoo News presents a groundbreaking documentary "Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government's War on Gays." The film is a historical investigation into a dark, and little known, chapter of America's recent past, including new details about J. Edgar Hoover's "sex deviates" program and a blackmail threat that led to the suicide of a U.S. senator - an event that haunted a generation of gays in politics.


    McCarthyism
    https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=McCarthyism

    Some of the more notable people who were blacklisted or suffered some other persecution during McCarthyism are listed here:

    Nelson Algren, writer[60]
    Lucille Ball, actress, model, and film studio executive.
    Alvah Bessie, Abraham Lincoln Brigade, writer, journalist, screenwriter, Hollywood Ten
    Elmer Bernstein, composer and conductor[61]
    Leonard Bernstein, conductor, pianist, composer[62]
    David Bohm, physicist and philosopher[63]
    Bertolt Brecht, poet, playwright, screenwriter
    Archie Brown, Abraham Lincoln Brigade, WW II vet, union leader, imprisoned. Successfully challenged Landrum-Griffin Act provision[64]
    Esther Brunauer, forced from the U.S. State Department[65]
    Luis Buñuel, film director, producer[66]
    Charlie Chaplin, actor and director[67]
    Aaron Copland, composer[68]
    Bartley Crum, attorney[69]
    Howard Da Silva, actor[70]
    Jules Dassin, director[71]
    Dolores del Río, actress[72]
    Edward Dmytryk, director, Hollywood Ten
    W.E.B. Du Bois, civil rights activist and author[73]
    George A. Eddy, pre-Keynsian Harvard economist, US Treasury monetary policy specialist[74]
    Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, philosopher, mathematician, activist[75]
    Hanns Eisler, composer[76]
    Howard Fast, writer[77]
    Lion Feuchtwanger, novelist and playwright[78]
    Carl Foreman, writer of High Noon
    John Garfield, actor[68]
    Jack Gilford, actor[70]
    Allen Ginsberg, Beat poet
    Ruth Gordon, actress[70]
    Lee Grant, actress[79]
    Dashiell Hammett, author[68]
    Elizabeth Hawes, clothing designer, author, equal rights activist[80]
    Lillian Hellman, playwright[68]
    Dorothy Healey, union organizer, CPUSA official[81]
    Lena Horne, singer[70]
    Langston Hughes, writer, poet, playwright[68]
    Marsha Hunt, actress
    Sam Jaffe, actor[68]
    Theodore Kaghan, diplomat[82]
    Garson Kanin, writer and director[68]
    Danny Kaye, comedian, singer[83][broken citation]
    Benjamin Keen, historian[84]
    Otto Klemperer, conductor and composer[85]
    Gypsy Rose Lee, actress and stripper[68]
    Cornelius Lanczos, mathematician and physicist[86]
    Ring Lardner Jr., screenwriter, Hollywood Ten
    Arthur Laurents, playwright[70]
    Philip Loeb, actor[87]
    Joseph Losey, director[68]
    Albert Maltz, screenwriter, Hollywood Ten
    Heinrich Mann, novelist[88]
    Klaus Mann, writer[88]
    Thomas Mann, Nobel Prize winning novelist and essayist[88]
    Burgess Meredith, actor[68]
    Arthur Miller, playwright and essayist[68]
    Jessica Mitford, author, muckraker. Refused to testify to HUAC.
    Dimitri Mitropoulos, conductor, pianist, composer[89]
    Zero Mostel, actor[68]
    Joseph Needham, biochemist, sinologist, historian of science
    J. Robert Oppenheimer, physicist, scientific director of the Manhattan Project[90]
    Dorothy Parker, writer, humorist[68]
    Linus Pauling, chemist, Nobel prizes for Chemistry and Peace[91]
    Samuel Reber, diplomat[92]
    Al Richmond, union organizer, editor[93]
    Martin Ritt, actor and director[94]
    Paul Robeson, actor, athlete, singer, writer, political activist[95]
    Edward G. Robinson, actor[68]
    Waldo Salt, screenwriter[96]
    Jean Seberg, actress[97]
    Pete Seeger, folk singer, songwriter[68]
    Artie Shaw, jazz musician, bandleader, author[68]
    Irwin Shaw, writer[70]
    William L. Shirer, journalist, author[98]
    Lionel Stander, actor[99]
    Dirk Jan Struik, mathematician, historian of maths[100]
    Paul Sweezy, economist and founder-editor of Monthly Review[101]
    Charles W. Thayer, diplomat[102]
    Dalton Trumbo screenwriter, Hollywood Ten
    Tsien Hsue-shen, physicist[103]
    Sam Wanamaker, actor, director, responsible for recreating Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England.
    Orson Welles, actor, author, film director[citation needed]
    Gene Weltfish, anthropologist fired from Columbia University[104]




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    Jun 23, 2015 12:34 AM GMT
    Fascinating bit of history but I don't think you can blame just the Republicans on this one. Psychiatrists at the time generally supported the idea that homosexuality was psychiatric problem and gays were feared and loathed by most people on both sides of the political spectrum. I have little doubt that a lot of Democrats were supportive of efforts to target gays at that time.

    In all fairness it's not a stretch to think that people were subject to being blackmailed over this issue and if the person was in a sensitive role in the government that could be a concern. The ridiculous part was the assumption that everyone down to the lowest typist was a potential security risk to the nation.

    Discovering that some senators were truly vile, though, is not very shocking.
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    Jun 23, 2015 12:43 AM GMT
    YVRguy said
    Fascinating bit of history but I don't think you can blame just the Republicans on this one.

    Where were the Republicans who opposed McCarthy? Even 5-star-hero President Eisenhower caved to the pressure. He supposedly privately objected to McCarthy, but publicly he said nothing, did nothing.

    So yeah, I think the Republicans CAN be blamed. Who would you blame instead?
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    Jun 23, 2015 4:00 AM GMT
    Many were Jews.

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    Disgusting piece of shit.



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    Jun 23, 2015 4:10 PM GMT
    Interesting documentary. Thanks for posting. More people should know about that case against the government for firing gay employees.
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    Jun 23, 2015 4:30 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    YVRguy said
    Fascinating bit of history but I don't think you can blame just the Republicans on this one.

    Where were the Republicans who opposed McCarthy? Even 5-star-hero President Eisenhower caved to the pressure. He supposedly privately objected to McCarthy, but publicly he said nothing, did nothing.

    So yeah, I think the Republicans CAN be blamed. Who would you blame instead?


    Wrong again, Artless: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/republican-senators-criticize-joseph-mccarthy

    So much for your latest factually adverse "thoughts."