By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Child actress Susan Olsen, who played “Cindy” on the iconic early 70s hit “The Brady Bunch,” says she’s received no small amount of backlash from Hollywood “hypocrites” because she voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, adding that she’s also been victimized by “fake news” regarding reported fallout for her admission.
In an interview withÂ Fox NewsÂ Olsen, who became a radio personality in the 1990s, saidÂ that she had â€œbeen the subject of fake newsâ€ following the president’s victory.
In December 2016, the entertainment siteÂ The WrapÂ reported she had lost her radio job for a message she sent to a liberal guest who had appeared on her show.
â€œAnd it was shocking to me,â€ she said. â€œThe story was that I had been fired for a homophobic rant on the air. Yeah, I did rant at a guy, but it was not on the air. And I never got fired. But it was all part of my punishment for admitting that I voted for Trump.â€
She also noted that pro-Trump sentiment is not widely seen in Hollywood — at least publicly — and that people do indeed suffer professionally if they support the president or his backers.
â€œThings being not fair, things being untrue â€” I canâ€™t put up with it. Iâ€™m constantly being told by family members, â€˜Susan, shut up. Donâ€™t speak your opinion.â€™Â Because my opinion is not very popular in Hollywood,â€ Olsen said.
â€œAnd I know people who have been completely blacklisted because theyâ€™re not on the leftâ€¦ Iâ€™m not even a Republican. Itâ€™s not that Iâ€™m all that conservative,â€ she said, adding that she wishes people could be more accommodating of other people’s opinions and views.
â€œ(W)e used to be able to have differences,â€ Olsen said. â€œAnd if you talked about them, youâ€™d usually find there really isnâ€™t that much difference between the right and the left.â€
â€œNow, people are being called hateful. Betsy Ross is now hateful and she was an abolitionist,â€ she added, citingÂ the July controversyÂ over the Betsy Ross flag involving Nike and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. â€œThe worldâ€™s gone nuts!â€¦ Itâ€™s misinformation. And these people are hypocrites.â€ (Related:Â Nike pulls its â€˜Betsy Ross flagâ€™ shoes because Colin Kaepernick didnâ€™t like them)
Olsen also said she got off of social media for a couple of years out of fear she would speak her mind.
â€œAnd itâ€™s funny because I often had people on the other side say things that make me pause and reconsider what my position is,â€ she said. â€œI try not to be controversial on social media but itâ€™s hard to back away when someone knocks on American values. I really just want to protect them.â€
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