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173 August 4th, 2016 Former GH and B&B Star, Antonio Sabato Jr. Claims He’s Blacklisted By Hollywood Directors Since RNC Speech!

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Actor Antonio Sabato Jr., the once adored Jagger Cates of General Hospital, spoke with Variety about his recent appearance as as a speaker at the Republic National Convention in support of their presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Following his speech at the RNC, Sabato claims that he’s been bullied endlessly in the days following. Not only online, but by Hollywood directors who have blacklisted him.

In a statement Antonio related:  “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.”

Sabato, who is known also for his role as Dante on B&B, Dancing with the Stars, his own reality series, and more added: “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.”

What do you think about the Hollywood backlash, according to Sabato, since he publicly shared his political views? Share your thoughts on his comments below!

 

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  1. blake says:

    Stay strong Antonio, don’t let anyone silence you. I started supporting Antonio and follow him on Twitter since he spoke his mind. I support Trump also.

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    Justin replied

    I agree with you, Antonio is a washed up ex soap star. I used to love Antonio, but now he is cray cray lol.

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    Linda replied

    Donald Trump is a racist pig, he will not be President of The United States. Hillary will win, she deserves to win. Antonio your 15 minutes of fame, is over my dear.

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    blake replied

    What has Trump said or done that is is racist? You call him racist but never say how.

    blake replied

    Hillary couldn’t beat Obama in 2008. Trump beat 16 opponents. Trump will win.

    Timmm replied

    And your 15 minutes of fame hasn’t even started!

    Angie replied

    Mr Trump is a hot head and a big fat liar. Antonio Sabato JR acting career is over. Antonio can move back to Italy, as far as I am concerned.

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    blake replied

    Hillary supporters are lemmings. She said she would raise taxes for the middle class and they all clapped lol.

    Deb replied

    Sure, everyone is allowed to speak their mind. But when you speak it in public, in front of millions, you better own it, and be ready for the consequences. He was probably hoping to generate some new offers, but it backfired.

    Gary replied

    Trump is a bully and a fraud. He is not fit, too be in the White House. Go Hillary and kick Donald Trumps ass. Antonio your speech was terrible, and putting down Mr. Obama was not right. You and Kimberlin Brown are nuts.

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    blake replied

    Hillary keeps killing all that oppose her. They just found someone from the DNC who was set to speak against her dead with his throat crushed. It’s why she’s called Killary. 30+ of her enemies are dead.

    Joel replied

    Obama, who released terrorists to wreak more havoc in the world and caused race wars. Of course you’d support the candidate who’s campaign is funded by countries that deny women equal rights and throw gays off rooftops.

    Bob replied

    Gary you rock my friend, lmao. I love your comments. I agree with you, Kimberlin Brown and Antonio Sabato are full of crap and really really crazy people.

    Todd replied

    Does anybody on here have a brain? Everybody has conveiently forgotten about the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandel, her screwed up views on abortion, and the fact that that people around her keep dying. I don’t have anything to substantiate this, but I bet Bernie Sanders only gave Hillary Clinton his endorsement because he was afraid that she was going to have him killed. Does anybody find it remotely suspicious how people around Hillary have died recently or is everybody just burying their heads in the sand to support their “democratic” candidate? Give me a break. It makes me want to puke in my mouth.

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    Dylan replied

    It is SO nice to hear some real truth talk about this finally!! It would be nice also if people would finally wake up and realize that these people are ALL criminals. There is no Left and there is no Right. They are working towards a common goal. It is a smoke screen to keep the public divided and oppressed. Just ask Joan Rivers what happens when you speak truth about those in power. And seriously folks…in what universe could Donald Trump be considered conservative in ANY way?? He lives a lavish, outlandish lifestyle and he got there not by being honest and kind. This is the most absurd, ridiculous mock election the U.S. has EVER had!!

    Nicole replied

    Todd you need to take your meds lol Your comments are full of bs. Hillary is a honest working women. she cares about people, Donald is a clown and a bigot.

    Vicki replied

    Poor poor celebrity Antonio……sticks and stones…..I like him as an actor but he has no clue what it’s like to me working class in America……All celebrities need to use their fame for charity causes since WE made them famous in the first place.

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    Shay replied

    Yes, Blake, excellent question! What exactly has Mr. Trump done that makes him racist??? Prior to his candidacy, I never heard one word said against him on this matter despite his long-standing status as a public figure. Even though he created and ran many brick-and-mortar businesses through the years, no allegations of this sort were ever implied in his employment of others. What about all those performers who were featured at his casinos and resorts…plus all the celebs who enjoyed his hospitality and generosity for decades on end? There were most certainly quite a few non-caucasians in that mix! Additionally, he owned beauty pageants in which many minorities participated and even repeatedly won, not to mention his “Apprentice” show presented a broad cross-section of individuals. Moreover, his private clubs were often the first in their respective areas to open their memberships to people of all races, creeds and orientations….None of this behavior indicates someone who is a racist (or bigot.) And yet the meme continues….and is most often repeated by those politicians who regularly enjoyed the gifts of Trump largesse to their campaigns, no less. Does that mean that all along they were perfectly okay with him being this “purported racist” that they maintain he is, but they chose to overlook it back then because he was contributing to them and their party???? Just once I would love to see this query posed to a Dem, any Dem, but particularly the “pantsuited one” who apparently was so unoffended by DJT’s “racist tendencies” that she and her loving spouse attended the man’s wedding some years ago!

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    Nikki replied

    Your so right Shay but some even want her because she’s the first woman to run. If she does win you know they’ll want Trump in 4 years but the damage she’ll do in that time is horrible. Look at the people who died going to court to testify against her.

  2. Mr. X says:

    Mr. Sabato Jr. has once again proved that most liberals in Hollywood, like the rest of America, are tolerant of your political views but only the ones that agree with theirs.

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    jb44 replied

    So not true. It goes both ways. My brother and sister and their children and spouses are all conservative Tea Party people. They are horrible to me and my family because we are not. Ever since President Obama was elected, they have come out of the woodwork to become evil people to those who don’t think like them. As far as Antonio Sabato is concerned, he said some pretty awful and untrue things in an interview at the convention. It is one thing to express your views, but quite different when you tell lies. IF he is being blackballed, it is probably because of the lies. There are plenty of Republicans working in Hollywood, but they express their views without the vicious lying.

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  3. DropOut says:

    Antonio was barely on the D list before the RNC.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    So true…lol

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  4. DropOut says:

    You can say what you want but free speech ain’t free. There are consequences for your words, especially when you align yourself with a candidate who’s said some awful things himself. To think he wouldn’t be or shouldn’t be met with resistance is naive and silly.

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    Harry replied

    Well said. Karen would be disappointed in her man. I know, I know, she’s fictional. But still….

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, Harry, I agree–SO disappointed!

    KansasGuest replied

    Agreed. Sabato doesn’t get that he did exercise his right to “free speech.” No one stopped him. He got up & said what he wanted to say. But, that doesn’t entitle him to a job or a meeting, especially in a business where there are hundreds of handsome, talented actors of all ages just begging to be employed for one acting job.

    How ironic that he is complaining about being treated the very way he wanted to treat others of a different faith. I might add that directors saying they don’t want to work with Sabato is a far cry from life under “communism.” Anyone who remembers how the USSR & Cuba treated their dissidents knows they weren’t given the courtesy of being informed. Many artists were thrown into jail for years as being enemies of the state; no heads up beforehand. Sabato needs to stop painting himself as a martyr when he has continues to reap all the benefits that American democracy affords him, which apparently includes public whining & not recognizing that he is responsible for his own situation. Who wants to work with a bigot if there are other hot, non-bigoted options available?

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Great points–and why doesn’t Sabato “name names” instead of talking in generalities? UMMMMM!

    Soaphound replied

    Thank you, Kansas Guest. At last a voice of reason and sanity!

  5. Dr Helen Ruth says:

    I applaud Antonio for having the courage of his convictions.

    Leftist Hollywood is intolerant in the extreme.

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    blake replied

    So are a lot of commenters on this site.

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    Vicki replied

    I also applaud his freedom to speak but he is NO victim. HE HAS wealth and means.

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  6. Kristen says:

    It’s a shame Mr. Sabato Jr. has been bullied for supporting a man who runs his campaign on a platform of bullying.

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    Joe replied

    Exactly Kristen! He doesn’t seem upset when Trump moans about a fixed election 3 months before it happens, or for throwing a woman and her baby out of one his speeches. That, Antonio is ok with. But when people opt not to hire him because he’s nuts, Antonio doesn’t get it. I lauged when someone at work asked who Antonio Sabato is, and they responded, ” I think he’s an underwear model.”

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  7. James R. Poissant says:

    I wasn’t hot on the idea of Antonio or Kimberlin speaking at the RNC because I do enjoy seeing the stuff they put out but like Antonio said, there is freedom of speech. If he went back to play Jagger or if Kimberlin went back to play Sheila, I would tune in. What they had to say has nothing to do with the characters they played and I am also not big on politics either.

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  8. Debbie says:

    Are they any Hollywood producers who even know who he is. Sorry Antonio, you’re a D-list actor. I doubt he’s being blacklisted and it’s simply a matter of they don’t now him or if they don’t wouldn’t hire him before his speech.

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    Debbie replied

    sorry for the misspellings – geesh. Are there….and they don’t know…

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    Debbie replied

    LOL I give up — not enough coffee today. Let’s try this again before the grammar police arrest me :-)

    Are there any Hollywood producers who even know who he is. Sorry Antonio, you’re a D-list actor. I doubt he’s being blacklisted. They probably never heard of him and if they did, they wouldn’t have hired him BEFORE his speech.

    Llanviewer717 replied

    I definitely got your meaning Debbie and have to agree. Antonio was popular on GH in the 90s because he was a hot young guy who looked good without a shirt. He was cute; but, I was not blown away with his acting. Time does march on for all of us.

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  9. Curaçaoman says:

    They were probably looking for an excuse and he wemt and gave them one

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  10. elm1951 says:

    he stated that he was not concerned about vocally supporting trump in liberal-leaning hollywood and didn’t care if that caused people to judge him – “so be it” he said ………
    so why is he whining about being blacklisted by hollywood directors??????

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    Joe replied

    because his five minutes of fame are over

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  11. Kathy sharp says:

    I am extremely proud of Antonio and God will bless him for standing up this is so wrong on every level

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  12. GemmaG says:

    He is correct – we have freedom of speech and should be able to say what we think and endorse who we believe in. It is interesting that after endorsing Trump, he has felt a backlash. Trump is not my candidate because I don’t find him qualified to be President of the United States. I’m glad there are smart people in Hollywood who are not influenced by money. I like this actor, just hope he doesn’t start talking to chairs.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    He may have “heard” from his critics…other soap actors and fans who disagree with him but I seriously doubt an actor who hasn’t appeared in anything but Dancing a with The Stars and his home improvement show has suddenly been blacklisted by Hollywood. he wasn’t on the list to begin with.

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  13. tony vosh says:

    NO! you are blacklisted because you have no talent! get over yourself

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    Claudio replied

    I agree with you Tony, Amen my friend. Antonio is crazy, just like Donald Trump.

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  14. Mateo says:

    This is not said to be mean at all but seriously, no one has hired Mr Sabato Jr. because he isn’t that good of an actor. It has nothing to do with his politics. He made a poor choice to speak at the RNC in support of this candidate (who will remain nameless) but I seriously doubt he is being blacklisted because of that alone. How about he just admits that his time in Hollywood is over not because he is a Republican but because his talent is overrated. Mr Sabato Jr made a living on his looks. He can’t be surprised that now that he is more mature (as we all become) people want to hire him less. Once you expose your body as the primary focal point of your talent then you run the risk of not being taken seriously as an actor. I am certain it didn’t benefit him to lend support to such a polarizing political figure but his crying that he has been blacklisted because of it is a sign that he is not suited to be in the limelight. I hope he invested his earnings well so that he can relax and live well on what he did make in the past.

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    Trudy replied

    Well said.

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    Vicki replied

    Amen

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  15. Michael says:

    How exactly, is him not getting hired “Just like Communism”? It’s a great buzz word that makes people react, but it really should apply in some way.

    I mean, I can’t recall anything he had been acting in before his speech, so it isn’t exactly like anything is different after his speech. But I guess now he has a ‘reason’ (other than his acting ability) to blame his lack of work on and try and get people riled up.

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  16. Scoma60 says:

    GMAB! He lying just like Trump. What directors have blacklisted him? He’s been a has been for years & his politics had nothing to do with it. Being a Republican hasn’t stopped Patricia Heaton from working.
    Antonio’s last gigs were emcee at Chippendales & trying to find “love” on a VH1 reality show.
    More to the point—I have no sympathy for anyone supporting a xenophobic,racist,bigoted,misogynistic homophobe. Crawl back under your rock,Antonio.

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    mollie replied

    You are correct. Antonio was not on any director’s list to hire BEFORE his speech. Now he has found a “excuse” to blame. The “liberal directors” are to blame that he doesn’t get hired. GMAB, too.
    Peace to him but, he needs to find work in another field other than acting. His time is passed.

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  17. Mackenzie Grey says:

    Cry me a river. Make me believe. Wind me up and wind me down. Make your little head spin ’round and round!

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Hahaha…

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  18. Joe says:

    Yes, we have Freedom of Speech. We also have the freedom to not hire anybody who we don’t want to, especially when that person gets involved in extremely controversial issues. I, for one, will never watch anything he does again. Or that Kimberlin Brown.

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    Mr. X replied

    “We also have the freedom to not hire anybody who we don’t want to”

    Oh please. If it ever got out that a conservative in Hollywood refused to hire a gay actor, my guess is you wouldn’t hesitate to call them a bigot or a homophobe.

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  19. Soaphound says:

    Blacklisted? Really? Talk about melodramatic. Using that term is insulting to the hundreds of Americans who were denied work and/or credit for their work (including Oscars), were hassled for YEARS (not two weeks), and had their lives permanently upended due to Senator McCarthy and his cohorts. Mr. Sabato needs to watch TRUMBO or read actress Lee Grant’s fine autobiography on the subject. Better yet, read Lillian Hellman’s SCOUNDREL TIME for a true picture of blacklisting. As an adult American we are free to express our opinions. But the adult part means accepting the consequences of statements that were clearly meant to cause controversy and put the speaker back in the public eye.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Way to go, Sopahound! :)

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  20. irene says:

    His career was only so/so before. It is not the first time an actor has blamed politics on a flailing career. Actors who succeed are going to succeed no matter what. This has been debated before. There are a lot of activists who still have great careers. That includes actors who are openly R’s. True there are more D’s in that world. He was never that big any way. Now he will say his politics are the reason. I don’t think so.

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  21. boes says:

    I doubt there were many knocking down his doors to hire him to begin with.

    And he didn’t just express conservative opinions – he veered off into dangerous nutcase conspiracy stuff.

    Sabato might want to remember that as he is free to say what he wants, employers are free to hire who they wish, and avoid people like him.

    That’s also the American way.

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  22. 4ever DAYS says:

    He can work in Kimberlin Brown’s avocado fields!

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    Tyler replied

    Lol good one. Kimberlin Brown is Crazy, like Sheila Carter. Antonio and Kimberlin Brown should just go away.

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    Joel replied

    Are Trump supporters crazy too for not getting behind the candidate who’s campaign is funded by countries that deny women equal rights and throw gays off roofs?

  23. SS says:

    Yep, I had a feeling this was going to happen. Not that Hollywood has blacklisted him, no, but that he would CLAIM to have been blacklisted. He’s not exactly lighting up the screen with appearances (television appearances here and there and random ‘no name movies’).

    Conservative and somewhat mainstream actors such has Patricia Heaton for example, are doing just fine. Whenever a second-rate actor such as Sabato comes out as Conservative they tend to claim they’ve been blacklisted in Hollywood. If he was burning up the job market with popular roles he wouldn’t be saying he was now blacklisted. It’s only because he’s looking for an excuse for her direct to video roles.

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  24. Nikki says:

    Good luck with speaking your mind. It may very well be called freedom of speech but you can’t use it, unless your talking very liberal and for whatever party they may want. The way I see it you do have two choices 1- get some celebrities talking along side of you. 2- wait till November, hope for the best and if it happens you’ll be back acting again and if the election goes the other way, it will be more of the same ole s- – -, and when we turn out like France you can say told ya so!

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    Harry replied

    Nikki, this is not about liberals vs conservatives. All bets are off when it comes to Mr Trump. If this were McCain, Romney or Paul Ryan, you would not see this type of collective acrimony. This compels one to look at the source of all this acrimony and what you have is a man who has made racist, horrible statements. He has mocked and mimicked a disabled man. He has made misogynistic and ignorant and bigoted statements. I don’t feel he represents the Republican party and I certainly don’t feel he represents America.

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    Nikki replied

    I do see your point Harry but I also read as well as researched a lot of things H.C. has lied about to different news outlets. A lot of people are voting for a lesser of two evils & some are voting for a woman in a pant suit. I’m more interested in who can run the country! D.T. was highly put down for the way he handled Khizr Khan story. If you go on his twitter he is a supporter of H.C. Donald has already said his son was a hero but this father will not light up & H.C. is behind it. If you go on Ronald Wolchesky twitter, he also lost a son and he states H.C. is a lier & she has also lied to the public. H.C. after research I realize she lied under oath about her emails. Neither one should get a star but in my heart of hearts I think D.T. is more capable. Hope you don’t hate me for this my friend.

    nancy dillingham replied

    Right on!

    JK replied

    HARRY.YOU ARE 100% CORRECT…….DONALD TRUMP DOES NOT REPRESENT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY…. COULD SAY SOOOO MUCH MORE BUT WILL LEAV E IT AT THAT.

    Shay replied

    @Harry….Whilst you may have a point about the “collective acrimony” directed toward DJT…he is essentially having to run against not just his direct opponent, but the current occupant of the office, the mainstream media and half of his own party who are piling up the venom against him, what needs to be remembered is that this man handily won his own primary the old-fashioned way….he earned the most votes of any GOP primary winner not just in this cycle, but in history, and he did so with very little ground game or any of the traditional political machinations common to present-day electoral success…..hoards of people came out to support him simply because they wanted to, and for a whole variety of reasons. That fact seems to be largely ignored by those who look down on him and his candidacy….he has captured the public’s mood and imagination for whatever explanation(s) you care to choose, and whether you agree with him or not, many do, and their opinions are no less valid than any others….if you believe in democracy. As for the vitriol aimed at previous GOP presidential candidates???? There has always been an immense bias against them in news coverage, displays of debate favoritism and other such considerations….it may not have been quite as obviously blatant as this year’s examples, but it’s omnipresent and continues even after an election if a Republican wins office….the hypocrisy never ends. Oh, and yes, contrary to your assertion, Mitt Romney had more than his own share of unwarranted malice aimed at him during the 2012 campaign…Despite being one of the most profoundly decent and personally upstanding men to ever seek the presidency, his impressive business record, deeply-held religion, and even his close-knit family, were grossly maligned, to the extreme extent that his lovely wife’s equestrian therapy for her MS was roundly mocked.

    Rebecca1 replied

    Lol, Harry. The point that was made to you regarding Mitt Romney? Even HE won’t endorse Trump! (Called him a racist, etc….).

  25. su0000 says:

    LOL !
    ;;;;;In a statement Antonio related: “I think this country allows you freedom of speech. Anybody should be allowed to say whatever they want.;;;;;;;;;;

    Yes, you can say anything you want to say… but that doesn’t give you respect for saying it..
    you have freedom to speak it and people have the right to hate you and disrespect for saying it .. LOL
    ((it was a dangerous decision to run your mouth, yup.. silicene can be golden lol

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  26. JK says:

    ANTONIO………I DONT KNOW YOU PERSONALLY….BUT WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN YOU SPOKE OUT??????? NO SHOCK HERE…

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    Mr. X replied

    So freedom of speech for me but not for thee. You’re only tolerant of speech you agree with. Hypocrite.

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  27. Harry says:

    Bah ha ha ha! I am roaring with ribald laughter here. Let me get this straight–this ass clown has not had any work in film or TV for a long long time. Two minutes ago he makes an endorsement speech for Donald Trump ( I am going to refrain from lambasting this man because it’s just too easy) and suddenly this is the reason why he’s not getting any work? I mean, maybe, just maybe, he’s not getting any work because this former Calvin Klein model cannot act his way out of a hat.
    Nice try there, Antonio, but no one is buying it.

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    Nikki replied

    Wonder what’s happening to Kimberly Brown.

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    Timmm replied

    I hope her avocado farm is making a mint!

    Dan replied

    Well said, Harry!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Good on you, Harry! Another good one! :)

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    Abruzzfan replied

    Amen – Harry!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Maybe he also has some swampland in Fla! :)

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  28. Gloria says:

    He is entitled to his opinion and to support whoever he wants. Hire him or don’t based on his talents and abilities; not who he is backing for President. He’s the same man he was the day before his speech at the RNC. I feel sorry for him and hope he can weather this storm. Grow up people!! Hollywood sucks.

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    Harry replied

    “He’s the same man he was before his speech at the RNC.”
    Yes he is, Gloria and here lies the problem–the man has no talent and it’s easier to blame outside sources or come up with some wild conspiracy theory then take a good solid look at one’s self in the mirror.

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    Gloria replied

    I’m not defending his talent, just his right to state his opinion. It’s possible he is fabricating this backlash he’s getting, but I read yesterday that Bradley Cooper (who has plenty of talent) is expressing the same sort of negativity for being seen at the DNC during Obama’s speech. I maintain what I said that Hollywood sucks. I don’t like how they use their exposure at events like award ceremonies to turn an acceptance speech into a political rant.

    Rebecca1 replied

    Unfortunately Gloria celebrities feed into the public’s demand or approval. Celebrities ask for money to fund their creative projects and fans donate. Celebrities endorse products and fans buy them. Celebrities get behind causes and fans become more passionate. Celebrities endorse a politician and fans cheer them. Speeches at awards shows? Same stuff… And now Anthony is trying to get fan support so he can get back on the A list of which he couldn’t have been taken off because he was never on.

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  29. Linda Jones says:

    Love him, loved his speech.

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  30. Eric Kane says:

    Oh please, even if it were true that’d be the only list he”s been on in the last 20 years!

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    Harry replied

    HA! GOOD one!

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  31. Rachel says:

    I didn’t hear what Antonio Sabato said during the RNC but I plan to find it online. Everybody has a right to their own opinion. That’s freedom of speech. As long as it isn’t hate speech, I believe each person has a constitutional right to state it. That aside, I’m not a Trump supporter, am a far left Democratqinabbs and am terrified about what will happen to this country if by some slim chance he wina

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  32. CLH says:

    Oh please, where exactly was he working before the speech? That’s what I thought. Trying to pull a Victoria Rowell. Calling BS on this one.

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  33. Rachel says:

    I haven’t heard yet what Antonio Sabato said during the RNC but I plan to find it online. Given the Denocrat’s response and hearing the statements most Trump supporters have said in favor of electing Trump for President, I’m pretty certain I will disagree and be amazed by some/most of his comments. However, everybody has a right to their own opinion. That’s freedom of speech, our first amendment.?As long as it isn’t hate speech, I believe each person has a constitutional right to state it. That aside, I’m not a Trump supporter, I am a far left Democrat and am terrified about what will happen to this country if by some slim chance Trump wins.

    Putting Trump aside, I don’t think it is fair to blacklist an actor for stating his personal political views just because they conflict with the entertainment industry. You can’t fire a person at work just because they voice an opinion you don’t agree with, right? This is the same thing just on a much larger scale. He has a right to voice what he believes in, whether you agree with him or not, without fear of repercussions such as hate tweets or being denied to continue in his chosen career.

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    Harry replied

    Sigh–Rachel there is no blacklist. Antonio has not been hired for anything in well over ten years because he lacks talent. He made this speech 2 minutes ago.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    :)

    Nikki replied

    Harry I believe there is a black list. I don’t know about this guy if he’s on it or not but look at Michael Muhney. I loved this guy’s acting on Y&R and ever since whatever went on I haven’t seen him on a single show.

    sonniorsolita replied

    Nikki, according to IMDB (the international movie database) Michael Muhney has been working on films since leaving “Young and the Restless.” It’s very likely that he has decided to concentrate on going after movie roles, which means you wouldn’t be seeing him on television.

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    Nikki replied

    Thank You for letting me know. He’s on twitter but from the little I’ve read I thought he only had a Christmas movie by Halmart last year. I thought for sure another soap would have picked him up. I thought he was an amazing actor. As for Antonio I don’t remember seeing him in B & B or G.H.

  34. K. Ross says:

    I think you were very brave, and I have much respect for you.
    I am amazed everyday the bias of the liberals.
    Sorry that it would effect your career that is just wrong.

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  35. toscanti says:

    This is typical of those in power that misuse their platforms and positions to manipulate agendas. They are equally a part of the establishment. I may not agree with Mr Sabato politically, but he still has the right to his opinion. This political season has made me look at how unable Americans are to “Agree to Disagree”. I’m truly disappointed at the levels of disrespect being shown to one another for a difference of opinion. I look forward to the end of this election and pray for a third party candidate.

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  36. hayley cropper says:

    So much for freedom of speech…

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    sonniorsolita replied

    Um, he used his freedom of speech when he spoke up for Trump and made disparaging remarks about the current president. And Hollywood folks are using their freedom of speech when they tell him he’s not right for the role they are casting. See, the thing about freedom of speech is A) it doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences for what you say; and B) everyone gets to have freedom of speech — even the people who disagree with what you say.

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  37. Matthew Place says:

    Wow! I wish he understood how freedom of speech really works. You CAN say anything you like, but SO can everyone else. Otherwise, it wouldn’t truly be freedom of speech. And you are responsible for what you say and can be judged for it. Just the way it is. Stop complaining. You have freedom of speech, and you have just experienced it in action. Now be careful what you say in future if you don’t want to be held accountable for the words that tumble so carelessly from your mouth. True freedom. Nothing communistic about it!

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  38. sonniorsolita says:

    A few points on Mr. Sabato’s statement.

    1. The concept of free speech has nothing to do with this. The government didn’t arrest or persecute you for speaking your mind. That’s what free speech is.

    2. Anybody IS allowed to say what he or she wants; however, that does not free the person from the consequences. Just as Antonio Sabato can publicly support whichever candidates he wants, Hollywood directors can hire people they would like to work with. That’s their freedom.

    3. As he has been in showbiz for decades and seems to be aware of the liberal bias in his industry, then he really can’t act shocked or hurt that there might be repercussions to his actions. If he isn’t so committed to his ideals and speaking out that he isn’t ready to face the consequences, then he should have stayed quiet. We all have the freedom to keep our opinions to ourselves if they will negatively impact us.

    4. It’s not “unfair” for directors not to see you. It’s showbiz. It’s equally unfair that thousands of talented actors never even get a foot in the door. Again, that’s showbiz.

    5. “It’s just like Communism.” Um, no, actually it’s nothing like Communism.

    He was brave to speak out, but he should really think things through better before issuing half-cocked statements. Good luck to him in the future.

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  39. Matthew says:

    I think he only spoke at the RNC so he’d have an excuse for his tanked career. Directors weren’t interested in utilizing his bad acting skills before the speech.

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  40. Ava says:

    Yes freedom of speech but when you stick up for a racist, it does make a difference he should know better and kept his mouth shut and besides when was the last time he was hired for a decent project?

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    Matthew replied

    Exactly Ava!

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  41. Liz says:

    I think he’s using the situation to try and get work. Yes, everyone is entitled to speak their mind in the US. He said some really stupid, untrue and hateful things about our president while he was exercising his constitutional right and is now whining when others do the same.

    He’s really not a great actor either so maybe that’s why he can’t get work? Have the offers really dried up since the RNC? I can’t imagine Hollywood was banging down his door before. If so, would he really resort to Chippendales?

    I will be happy not to see him again. He really is an exceptional idiot.

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  42. k/kay says:

    Oh man I thought we had finally gotten back to discussing soaps again? Here we go again how is this news he has not been on a soap opera in years. Just leave him alone and suggestion AS close your Twitter account !

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  43. jc says:

    Yes you have exercised your free speech moron. You have also endorsed a racist, dangerous populist who sounds more like the fascists we defeated in wars. Your exercise of free speech also tells us a lot about your own values and leaders in the entertainment industry are exercising their freedom by not wanting to associate with someone that esposues such sick values.

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  44. Jp says:

    I wonder if Scott baio feels blacklisted too since Charles in charge lol

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  45. Kevin says:

    Entire scenario is so calculated. Washed up former hunk asked to speak at RNC (in hopes of reviving his stalled career). Speech and entire convention rates as epic fail. There was no interest in Mr. Sabato and his career prior to the speech. NOW he claims he is being blacklisted?! Prove it…

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  46. Aria says:

    He not only shared his political view but he was so negative towards president Obama, that’s what I think got him to this point. Kimberly brown wasn’t negative she made her argument for her support got trump without bashing anyone on the other side. And if she did then it wasn’t as hateful as sabato came across, just saying , I could be wrong still there’s no place for ” hatred”.

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  47. mark says:

    Right on Antonio!

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  48. Jason Loves GH says:

    He’s still extraordinarily handsome…and still extraordinarily clueless. It’s such a shame that such an inviting piece of eye candy can be so off-putting with the nonsense coming from his mouth. Sigh.

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  49. Marko says:

    He is not very talented so I doubt he is being blacklisted. But it is a good excuse for him somthat he feels better about himself. He needs to get over himself.

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  50. su0000 says:

    Trump used him.
    It was his ‘name’ that Trump needed to show he isn’t racist and that people with the name of Sabato love him !!
    ( just like his ”black guy” .. sigh
    His speech did Trump and his supporters very well, but it took his own self crashing down..

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    Harry replied

    Trump used him–he tried to hire Clint Eastwood’s chair but he was busy chairing some other event.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    No way he can “make Trump’s day”!

    Nikki replied

    Both D.Trump as well as H.Clinton are using what they can get . Go on twitter Khuzr Khan is being used by Clinton.

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    Nikki replied

    Clint Eastwood has already said he is voting D. Trump. It’s on twitter/news/you tube

  51. Jane says:

    Wow….while it’s freedom of speech you still have to know where your bread is buttered.
    I do miss the Jagger and Karen days, so young and in love.

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  52. Linda says:

    It appears the First Amendment is only for people on the left. Antonio spoke his mind despite the fallout. Bravo Antonio and Kimberlin. Just be grateful you live in this country. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

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  53. Dan says:

    What a piece of work this guy is. As if Steven Speilberg and Martin Scorsese were burning up his phone looking to hire him before the speech, lol. How laughable. Daniel Day Lewis in his own mind.

    He’s right, he does have freedom of speech to say whatever he wants. And he did that, no one stopped him from speaking at the RNC. But guess what else, people have the right to hire whomever they want. And when you give a public speech supporting a man that attacks Gold Star military families, among the many other groups of people that low life piece of garbage Trump has attacked, you can’t be surprised when people aren’t exactly beating down the door to hire you.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Love Daniel Day Lewie…phenomenal actor…I’d say one of the best in cinematic history

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Grrrrr…Lewis.

    Dan replied

    I agree, Rebecca! DDL is one of the best to ever appear on the screen. One of my all-time favorites.

    Boes replied

    Right on!

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  54. Martin Verlander says:

    I love how whiny D-listers (Stacey Dash and Antonio) say HOllywwod’s blacklisted them for being Conservative…How come Clint Eastwood hasn’t been blacklisted?? Oh yeah Clint’s actually a great director ..

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    Abruzzfan replied

    Good point Martin! Clint is in his 80′s and still working non-stop in Hollywood.

    I missed his speech, but my husband heard it on the radio on his way home from work. He said his speech didn’t make sense. He never got to his point???

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  55. Sassy White Lady says:

    It’s funny how marginally-famous & dubiously-talented “actors” like Antonio want to claim they’ve been “blacklisted”

    You aren’t blacklisted, dumbass, Hollywood is just through with you.

    Bye!

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    jaybird369 replied

    Sassy White Lady…VERY, VERY WELL SAID!!!!! Oh…as far as I’m concerned, Antonio is such a MEDIOCRE actor!!!!! Period.

    Take care.

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  56. Michael says:

    Antonio and Kimberlin are with stupid.

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  57. jaybird369 says:

    Sorry, Antonio…but, you reap what you sow, fella. KARMA, BABY…KARMA!!!!!!!!!!

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  58. Chris B says:

    I have no sympathy for Sabato.

    When you publicly call the President of the US a Muslim (when he’s not) and claim that Muslims are the “bad guys”, the likelihood of any reasonable casting director hiring you to represent them or their client is unlikely.

    There is a consequence to spreading hate and racism in this country and if you’re an actor, you’re probably going to drop on most casting directors’ list as someone who’s a bad risk to hire. I don’t blame them in this case.

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  59. Rodd says:

    WTH???!!! I never saw him on anything in years. So what’s he talking about? He was done before he started his speech and is just trying to milk another fifteen seconds in the spotlight. Next…

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  60. Mo says:

    That’s too bad. He is allowed to speak his mind. Good for him for standing up for what he believes in. It’s always hardest when it’s not the popular choice.

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    Boes replied

    “Popular choice”? This isn’t multiple choice, you know. He downright lied. That’s not the same thing and you should know that

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  61. Timmm says:

    Huh, last time Michael posted a political topic it was one big cluster! I dont hold peoples political preferences, religion preferences or sexual preferences against them. Its OUR right to choose! But sadly, if you dont follow suite, people here and everywhere hold grudges and get down right ugly! So, this being a soap site, we were already asked to keep it humane before so I will just say this, if Jagger were to ride into town one day again looking for Kellys for a burger and fries, welcome home buddy!

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    k/kay replied

    Well let’s see we just found out that we gave 400 million to Iran in Janurary our tax payer dollars AS can’t present himself but I could they are all corrupt and I am sick to death of paying tax dollars for their corrupt bullshit

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    Brian replied

    K/Kay, just to be clear, the $400 million to Iran was payment on an arms deal arranged when Gerald Ford was president in the 1970s, that has been held up and fought in international appeals courts for 35 years. Basically, it was a bad deal made at the time that we now have to pay the price for all these years later. But naturally, that part of the story gets left out, cause it’s easier to blame the current administration.

    dee replied

    thanks brian that is always the case

    k/kay replied

    Yep you keep telling yourself that wouldn’t want to blame Obama for anything would you.

    Timmm replied

    There are people in the USA who are in dire need of medical assistance and “We” send Iran 400 million dollars! WTF!

    Rebecca1 replied

    Yes Timmm…people in the United States are in need of medical care and Trump wants to throw millions of people off the health care act which includes children, those with pre-existing conditions Medicaid expansion and millions who couldn’t afford health insurance before. Last I heard him say was, “we’ll send them to the hospital.” He’s completely unhinged and unqualified. And his rabid sons are off on a new safari killing more beautiful animals…nice family. Good values…If by some horrific chance he wins they should be banned from having a White House dog. I wouldn’t trust the “boys” near another innocent life any more than Zi trust Trump about, well, anything.

  62. AJ says:

    I always thought he was blacklisted for being a crappy actor…

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    Timmm replied

    What have YOU appeared in?

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    Boes replied

    What on earth does that prove?

  63. Melissa says:

    I’m pretty sure he’s being blacklisted for lack of talent.

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  64. Ghlover says:

    Politics aside, can GH hire him now ? The media attention would be good for the soap! Also, i don’t know about any of you but i could see him in a hot triangle with Kelly Monaco and Billy Miller.

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  65. Rose says:

    This year I’m starting to look at both soaps and politics as genres with their own rules, and personalities. And as passionate or opinionated commenters can be in critiquing their soaps storylines and characters, the same applies to politics…especially this year since there is such a blur between entertainment and serious political discussion. So for those who champion Trump there are those who feel the same about Hillary…just like they might feel about Victor, Sonny, Luke, Laura, Nina, Alexis, etc….and vice/versa. But it’s hard not to ask how some can support the comments and temperament of one of theses running for president, no matter how you dislike the other. You don’t even have to do research which can be Rep/Dem biased by whoever is doing it…he’s is right there in front of you, in living color, on a tv screen or rally saying things you wouldn’t let some soap characters get away with.

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    Shay replied

    Well, Rose, it’s like this….realistically speaking, we have but two choices in November, and a large part of one’s decision will be based upon not only who is the better and more deserving candidate in terms of one’s real accomplishments, personal traits/conduct, life story and political platform, but, also, unfortunately, who is the lesser evil!!!! And in my estimation, there is simply no contest there on both counts, but in specific reference to the last consideration???? I recall with utter disgust the previous Clinton years in the White House, and have absolutely no desire to repeat that sleazy experience, so no matter what pejoratives, negative innuendo or smear tactics are thrown at DJT or his family, I shall support him….In other words, I’d much rather have a president whose sons hunt prey than one whose spouse preys upon women in the most brutal and despicable of ways!!! Whilst the former may not be approved of by some, I should hope the latter would be offensive to all, most especially those who call themselves feminists, although that little detail never seems to deter them in the least when it comes to their ardent adoration for the presumptive “enabler-in-chief!” However, given my particular moral code, it totally disqualifies this person for any elective office, let alone the highest in the land, and, for the record, I don’t find that by any means inconsistent with my views on the behavior of characters in soaps, or just people, in general.

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    Rose replied

    Oh well Shay, we all have our “hot buttons.” In my case Trump has way more than Hillary when it comes to running my country. It’s all in how you personally look at it, and in the case of the Clinton’s, who did the moral indignity, years ago.

    Rose replied

    Shay…I thought I was all through with this topic until I heard what HE had to say today. An incredible statement if read the wrong way, by the wrong person. Dangerous!

    You say there are “pejoratives, negative innuendos, etc” hurled at his family, but what is really disturbing is what ACTUALLY comes out of his own mouth, his wife’s (unfortunately for her), and his behaviour. You don’t have to make this up, just watch clips of his speeches, like the recent one where he told the mother with the crying baby to leave the room. Real class act and just what we need for president of the US.

    Hillary may not be perfect, what politician is? And you may never like her. But as far as “real accomplishments and life story” when it comes to women, children and family issues throughout her career D isn’t even in the conversation.

    And I don’t see why she has to be pillared or disqualified by what Bill did when in office, which was awful. What was she supposed to do, hide out of sight for the rest of her life? I have never called myself a feminist, but if she had, now that would have been really “offensive” to me. But she seems to have a stronger constitution than this based on all of the negatives she has had thrown at her for years. She still gets up.

    Rebecca1 replied

    Rose…hopefully thinking Americans will see Trump as the manipulative, infantile, insulting, uncontrolled, unfit for office, narcissist that he is. And that’s just the short list. As for former President Clinton’s affair…back before Trump became a candidate he said he wasn’t one to judge…he’s on marriage three, cheated on Ivana with Marla, cheated on Marla til he decided to choose another “contestant” to marry. As for his murderous sons, Trump compared their love of hunting and killing innocent animals to playing golf. Lovely family…yep, some real strong morals there….

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Oh, and one more bit of info…Hillary’s ratings approval were never higher than when her husband stepped out on her. She was the victim and handled it with grace, got through it with dignity and went on strong as ever. A strong woman….

    Boes replied

    Well said

    Shay replied

    By the way, Rose, just so you know, I did have the courtesy to respond to your posts, but my reply was scuttled in favor of more pro-Clinton propaganda….so briefly, please allow me to simply state that my “moral objections” are related to numerous other considerations that reach far beyond the “Monica incident,” and I made mention of them by name. I also took to task the manipulative mainstream media and their overwhelming anti-Trump bias in their coverage of this election, but, of course, that also was apparently not fit for public consumption, although that fact has not escaped the foreign press….just this morning one international newscast was discussing how every little Trump molehill moment of spontaneous jocularity has been blown out of proportion and made into a huge mountain of controversy whilst any questionable thing said or done by his opponent is practically given a total pass….it’s like living in a banana republic!

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    Rose replied

    Hi Shay…Thanks for responding. Besides this crazy election cycle, something else that surprises me is how both you and I, and others supporting our positions, can see things so differently. It’s like living on different planets. Yet at the same time we can agree on other soap topics, and work through those we don’t. Oh well.

    Boes replied

    Spontaneous jocularity is what you call joking about assassinating someone? There is no talking to someone like you, nor is it possible to even call this a “difference of opinion”.

    I can’t imagine sinking so low,

    Timmm replied

    I hate that store!

    Boes replied

    Rose, you seem to be trying to find a middle ground, but there is no such thing with people who blithely excuse their candidate advocating the assassination of their opponent.
    This is real life, not a t.v. show.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Thank you Boes…

    Rebecca1 replied

    Hi Boes….frustrating isn’t it? Not only does she think supposed humor regarding assassinations, Russians hacking into Hillary’s account, Trump’s approval of his sons barbarism toward innocent animals as acceptable and seemingly innocuous (according to her “particular moral code” as she puts it which I guess includes a free pass at mocking the disabled as well) there’s a superior air that accompanies these opinions…as, she also said, same way she critiques her “higher” view on characters. The correlation is there….

    Rose replied

    Boes…Never, never a middle ground with me since day one when it comes to why Trump is totally unfit to run for President of the US, let alone any office. I’ve written comments to this affect on several of MF’s soap-political stories, and signed many positions from elsewhere. But I also believe in keeping some sort of civil dialogue with those who you disagree with or there’s never a chance for their change of their heart in either both the real world and t.v shows/soaps.

    Timmm replied

    Thank you Mr. Cooper!

    Rebecca1 replied

    Hi Rose….I just discovered this author, director, Frank Schaeffer, who I’d never heard of before…interesting background (ex evangelical/fundamentalist, movie director, NYT best-selling author, artist with international collectors, etc). He’s pro Clinton and has a video circulating warning people not to vote for Trunp. He was a Republican, is no longer, but stresses this goes beyond party lines. He once wrote a letter to McCain stressing the importance and possible consequences of the continual hate-mongering against President Obama. Interesting enough, this applies to the hate mongering from Trump toward Hillary, Obama and certain groups with the innuendos that Trump throws out to his supporters, supporters which include white supremacists and now Charles Manson. Here it is:

    On October 10, 2008, a public letter to Senator John McCain and Sarah Palin from Schaeffer was published in the Baltimore Sun newspaper.[11] The letter contained an impassioned plea for McCain to arrest what Schaeffer perceived as a hateful and prejudiced tone of the Republican Party’s election campaign. Schaeffer was convinced that there was a pronounced danger that fringe groups in America could be goaded into pursuing violence. “If you do not stand up for all that is good in America and declare that Senator Obama is a patriot, fit for office, and denounce your hate-filled supporters… history will hold you responsible for all that follows.”[11]

    Better words not spoken as applies to Trump today…

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    Rose replied

    Rebecca…There have also been many comments on MF saying many of the the same things, including from you and me.

    Shay replied

    @Rose….You’re most welcome….it’s always a pleasure to debate with you…you’re polite, thoughtful, reasonable and kind, even when we disagree, be it on soaps or politics! (Which is as it should be….) As I said to CeeCee before, I wish we could discuss things in person….I think it would be absolutely fascinating to delve into how and why—as you have so accurately pointed out—we see things so very differently. (Suffice to say, years worth of ongoing research and general observations enter into my views…..my interest and study of politics and the media have been an ongoing one since college.) I think much of it may now also come down to my hefty daily dose of foreign news….both print and electronic….I keep apprised on European happenings, and see much of what is going on there as a precursor to what we can expect here if we don’t get a grip on certain issues….and very soon! (Time is running out!) It breaks my heart to see the lands of my ancestral roots losing their cultural identity, security and sovereignty…just look at the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy and the Scandinavias….now Switzerland, too. But the people are finally waking up there….witness Brexit! I hope it’s not too late for the rest of those beautiful countries to follow suit…or for the USA! Having said that, never, never a middle ground here either when it comes to the total lack of fitness of your chosen candidate…and on so many, many different levels! Enough said…as always, we can agree to part ways in a civil manner…..However, since we seem to now be hawking our videos of choice on this “soap site,” here’s a real winner for you: “Clinton Cash.” Available online for free….already three million views….and counting!!!!! Later, Rose! See you back on the other threads….this one has become far too laden with self-righteous condescension from the usual suspect.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Lol Shay…seriously, tuck in your hoity toity, holier than thou air of superiority you bring to EVERY comment on this site whether you’re mocking Sabrina’s pronunciation of Carlos or critiquing Valerie’s teeth or assessing what you consider Alex’s aging body or Todd’s “hideous” scar (some posters might actually…gasp! …have a facial scar!) to adoring Constance Towers for her “impeccable class and taste”….and that Nancy Grahan should taka lesson from her, blah, blah, blah. Who watches soaps like that??? Actually sits there and judges what characters wear and then assumes the actress wears the same wardrobe in her real life???? And, who cares!!!!???? Talk about confusing character and actor!

    You come off as the most full-of-herself individual I’ve ever encountered whether it be cyberspace or real life. You jump on anything to attempt…repeat attempt to one-up people (you know who I’m talking about) you rushed in to state in your Jane Hathaway voice (that’s how I hear you up in my head…Ms. Hathaway, Beverly Hillbillies…or maybe Mrs. Howell Gilligan’s Island…or perhaps Violet Crawley from Downton) about Trump’s sons and their love of hunting/killing animals as if you thought you were going to minimize that because in your “educated, cultured, moral” view, which by the way is so elevated in your own mind, that you thought you’d compare that atrocity to Clinton’s affair? They’re not remotely related but you jumped in anyway. I won’t forget the joy you took and instigated on soooo many occasions, but that one particular 4 day feast or whatever it was…I could hear your voice and feel your smug smile through the screen as I always do. The disappointment you must have felypt when it was finally stopped and two made peace…There’s only a handful who know what I’m referring to but believe me when I tell you I see right through you. Now to quote some of your favorite expressions…pip pip, cheerio, here-here and lol, carry on as I know you will. But that “usual suspect” crap? Give it a lonnnnng rest.

  66. Donna M says:

    We should respect each other and let people respectully air their views. It is ironic that those who despise one candidate’s rheotric duplicates when they speak.
    Not sure about the career path vis a vie speech/talent…whatever. But sure some have been held back due to their politics.
    As for me, I wish we could have a political free zone. I want peace and we are getting this kind of stuff everywhere–no safe zones.
    Also when a soap star or actor or celebrity voices their concerns or view in a not judgmental and justifiy why it is necessary for them to speak up…OKAY…
    but some such as SR and NLG have been out of line. And frankly I won;t watch them and hope NOT to see them. I never remenber this in the past. Maybe this is why soaps need to end. The people on them juist get too full of themselves for most of us.

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  67. Dara M says:

    To imply blacklisting would imply that he actually got work prior to his RNC speech. The guy was working for Chippendales. I think that says it all.

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    Robert replied

    Truth!

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  68. Robert says:

    Hollywood was never knocking down his door to offer him roles. D- list actor who is not very good! Bye Felicia, go back to modeling underwear!

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