Thirty years ago on the old MGM lot in Culver City, CA, dreamboat Hollywood idol and American patriot Robert Taylor was un-personned, or, as we say today, "canceled." In deference to a woke cadre of writers working in the building, Lorimar Studios agreed to strip away the golden-era-mega-star's name from The Robert Taylor Building, a simple, white, three-storey building next door to the Jean Harlow and Fred Astaire buildings.
Why? Robert Taylor had not discovered America, co-founded the Republic or led Confederate soldiers into battle. He was an actor, a screen idol, and the longest contract player in MGM history. But he was also an anti-communist and a patriot, and when he was invited to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947, he traveled to Washington and told the committee what he knew from long experience about Moscow-coordinated, Communist subversion in the Hollwyood movie industry.
As a result, according to these leftist writers, Taylor was no longer "appropriate to acknowledge."
I recently across my Washington Times story on these events in a box brimming with yellowing newsprint clips, most of which are long overdue for recycling. This one, though, pitting communists vs. anti-communists, reads like a fresh wound.