Gerald Molen won a best picture Oscar for co-producing Schindler’s List withSteven Spielberg and has produced such Hollywood blockbusters as the first twoJurassic Park films and Twister. He’s a former U.S. Marine and is a sought-after motivational speaker.
So he’s not accustomed to being shunned.Why? Did those rednecks not want a Jew speaking in small-town Montana? Ah, no.
Molen is one of those rare conservatives in Hollywood (he’s even making a documentary called 2016, based on the Dinesh D’Souza book The Roots of Obama’s Rage) and because of that, he says, Ronan High School principal Tom Stack decided to disinvite him -- and he didn’t tell him so until after Molen made the 90-minute drive from his home in Bigfork, Mont.
Unlike Hollywood, Ronan isn’t exactly a hotbed of liberalism (its state representative is a Republican), still, Molen says that Stack told him straight up that he wouldn’t be allowed to address the students because he was “a right-wing conservative.”
“He said some callers didn’t want the kids exposed to that, despite not knowing what my message would be,” Molen told The Hollywood Reporter.I think we can safely guess that a principal like that has probably worked hard to make sure the kids haven't been exposed to any "right-wing conservative" ideas in the years before graduation.
The good news is that the district has announced that the principal won't be principal there next year, confirming that it was indeed as Molen described. The principal has taken a position in Clinton, Montana, where I assume that he'll be making sure that the kids aren't exposed to any "right-wing conservative" ideas.