quote by Studs Terkel

Having been blacklisted from working in television during the McCarthy era, I know the harm of government using private corporations to intrude into the lives of innocent Americans. When government uses the telephone companies to create massive databases of all our phone calls it has gone too far.

— Studs Terkel

Bashful Blacklist quotations

I was living in a terrible time when people were being accused of being communists, and they attacked the movie industry, especially the writers. People couldn't work if they were on the blacklist. The studios banned them. It was the most onerous period in movie history. I don't think we have ever had a period so dark as that.

Many of my friends were blacklisted. America should be ashamed of it forever.

If you have an opinion and people disagree with you, you might not get a job.

You might be blacklisted. You might have fewer followers on Instagram.

I can't imagine that anyone in Hollywood is sitting around trying to decide what actor is good or right or qualified for a role and is being denied a role because of their political views. I don't think that's the way Hollywood works. We're not living in an era of blacklisting.


Not a single person I named hadn't already been named at least a half-dozen times and wasn't already on he blacklist.

L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was recorded on tape making racist comments. He now has been banned from the league for life. Great, just where Sterling wanted to end up - the blacklist.

I would rather quit public life at seventy, and quit it forever, than to retain public life at a sacrifice to my own self-respect. I will not vote for any law which will make fair for me and foul for another. The blacklist is the most cruel form of oppression ever devised by man for the infliction of suffering upon his weaker fellows.

Boards without women - blacklist those suckers.

It's 2011. They've had the time - it's significant that they don't have women.

There's always some kind of blacklist throughout history.

But the difference is, in America they usually let you live.


I was blacklisted because of this activity, so I'm not a typical anything.

A lot of very, very big stars were going down and not being seen or heard from again. Kirk took a huge chance in putting a blacklisted writer's name on the screen and somehow or other, he survived it, like he survives everything.

We Negro writers, just by being black, have been on the blacklist all our lives.

Censorship for us begins at the color line.

When I first came to Hollywood, the blacklist was just starting, and they were having hearings in Washington. What most people don't know is the judge of these hearings himself was later convicted of misappropriation. 'Spartacus' helped break the blacklist, because Spartacus was a real character.

The blacklist against people in the entertainment industry that show up for [Donald] Trump is worse than that blacklist you heard of in Hollywood back in the forties and fifties.


The stuff that I've been doing lately is political.

It's not always about people who are super famous movie stars. The fact that people are still taking a chance and listening to the blacklist episodes is really exciting.

You're not supposed to speak ill of the dead, but Earl Blackwell finally died, and I was on his blacklist every year for being the worst dressed person.

If you've got a blacklist, I want to be on it.

Within two weeks of moving into the White House, Obama signed a series of executive orders championed by union bosses. The new rules authorized sweeping powers for the labor secretary that essentially blackball nonunion contractors targeted by labor organizers and blacklist nonunion employees in the private sector from working on taxpayer-funded projects.

People sometimes ask me, because of the blacklisting, "Do you hate the government? Don't you hate white people?" No, it's greed that's the problem.


The terrible thing about being blacklisted as an actress was that even though, intellectually, you knew what was happening, you still always wondered whether you weren't being hired because you weren't any good.

There is no blacklist. In the first place, in the entertainment business, money talks, bullshit walks. So Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins won't be blacklisted because they are bankable stars. In the second place, if you are a woman, the only things you're going to be blacklisted for in Hollywood are body fat and aging.

Im so happy with The Blacklist. Give me more people to shoot and throw them off buildings.

The music industry had virtually blacklisted me.

This blacklisting is going to collapse because it is rotten, immoral and illegal. I am one day going to be working openly in the motion picture industry. When that day comes, I swear to you that I will never sign a term contract with any major studio. I will, proudly and by preference, do at least one picture a year for King Brothers, and I will try to make it the best picture that I have it in me to do


The blacklist was a time of evil...no one on either side who survived it came through untouched by evil...[Looking] back on this time...it will do no good to search for villains or heroes or saints or devils because there were none; there were only victims.

To my knowledge, there is no blacklist.

But there is a mindset, even among liberal producers, that says 'He may be difficult so let's avoid him.'