‘Seinfeld’ star John O’Hurley says it’s difficult being a conservative in Hollywood
Actor John O’Hurley, who played J. Peterman on the NBC sitcom “Seinfeld,” spoke on Fox News Monday about being a conservative in Hollywood.
O’Hurley appeared on “America’s News HQ” to talk about being a conservative actor and responding to “Will & Grace” stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack calling out supporters of President Trump in Hollywood.
After The Hollywood Reporter reported last week that Trump was set to appear at a Beverly Hills fundraiser on Sept. 17, the stars tweeted that they wanted to see a guest list.
McCormack posted to Twitter, “Hey @THR, kindly report on everyone attending this event, so the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with. Thx.”
O’Hurley was asked about Hollywood’s general attitude towards conservatives.
“I think they have the bully pulpit right now to say it out loud. I don’t think it permeates Hollywood to the degree that you think it is,” O’Hurley said.
“I think there is a nature among liberal thinkers to form packs, to form groups, whereas the conservative mind is basically an individual, and they’re tougher to find.”
He went on to talk about Messing and McCormack’s specific tweets.
“Let me just say I’m embarrassed for both of them because I know them both, I’ve worked with Debra before. They’re both smart people… they do wonderful work,” he said.
“But, they’re pushing a case that falls apart from the sheer weight of its lunacy, as though the Hollywood community needs to be purged of this social and intellectual hygiene problem called conservative thinking. It underscores the fact that we aren’t receptive to a diversity of thought which is the exact opposite of what you feel the liberal way would be, and I find that obscene.”
O’Hurley also shared that he liked to debate and discuss topics with his fellow actors, who did not shared his point of view.
“It’s very difficult to be a conservative in Hollywood. Even though there are many of us, you do feel you are an island fighting the storm… all viewpoints must be observed and respected,” he said.