September 23, 2017

The Hollywood Reporter’s Bigotry and Anti-Religious Propaganda

If anything stands out as evidencing THR’s studied bias against members of the Church of Scientology, it is Seth Abramovitch’s utterly shameful treatment of Elisabeth Moss (September 22). Instead of congratulating Ms. Moss for capturing two of television’s most prestigious Emmys as an actor and as a producer, Abramovitch chose instead to take a cheap shot at her religion based on her exuberant acceptance speech.

September 23, 2017

The Hollywood Reporter
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dear Mr. Belloni,

If anything stands out as evidencing THR’s studied bias against members of the Church of Scientology, it is Seth Abramovitch’s utterly shameful treatment of Elisabeth Moss (September 22). Instead of congratulating Ms. Moss for capturing two of television’s most prestigious Emmys as an actor and as a producer, Abramovitch chose instead to take a cheap shot at her religion based on her exuberant acceptance speech.

Bigot Seth Abramovitch

He compounds the felony by going to a couple of anti-Scientologists for their fake “analysis” of why she said what she said. The result was another anti-religious rant in THR. It is utterly inexcusable.

Ms. Moss had just won two of Hollywood’s biggest awards for the best new series to come along in years. She was happy and said so. Yet, The Hollywood Reporter used this event to perpetuate its brand of anti-religious bigotry.

Abramovitch already lost one job for his racial insensitivity (see “Gawker Blogger Fired for Using N-Word in Kanye West Story,”). I guess we can add anti-religious bigotry to the list.

This is not the first time the pages of this magazine have been used to manufacture hate. In 2012, the son of THR’s founder Billy Wilkerson issued a public apology for how his father had used the magazine in the 1940s and 50s to forward Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist hysteria during what the younger Mr. Wilkerson dubbed “Hollywood's Holocaust.” The Hollywood blacklist destroyed the lives of thousands of people. With that black mark on its history, THR should be vigilant about the bigotry of its reporters or editors again bubbling to the surface.

The real question is when THR will decide to stick to reporting entertainment news and stop harassing people because of their religion.

Edward Parkin
International Director STAND

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