Zoe Kazan, Hollywood McCarthyite traitor’s granddaughter, condemns socialists, defends Elia’s HUAC collaboration
Elia Kazan is one of the most notorious figures in Hollywood. A reactionary turncoat, he testified before the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1952, outing eight actors and writers — ostensible friends of his — as members of the Communist Party.
Although a formidable and adroit film director, Kazan’s legacy has and will remain, rightfully, tarnished with this treachery. He used McCarthyism to advance his career, while destroying the lives of his leftist peers.
Today, Elia’s granddaughter, actor and playwright Zoe Kazan, is following in her grandfather’s footsteps.
Aminatou Sow, a capitalist entrepreneur who was included on Forbes’ elite 30 Under 30 list in 2014, smeared socialists with baseless right-wing mudslinging talking points on April 25, falsely claiming, “so many of these twitter socialists come from very wealthy families.”
Zoe Kazan gleefully replied, “You’re singing my favorite song.”
A torrent of criticism from socialists followed.
In response, Zoe Kazan wrote, “If you come at me attacking any member of my family, you will get blocked. That’s a hard rule. You may think you know me. You don’t. Bye!”
Zoe Kazan then joked about decapitating the “trolls.”
Just a few months before, on January 25, Zoe Kazan forcefully defended her backstabbing grandfather and maintained others would have been just as traitorous and opportunistic, writing, “to every person who’s ever given me shit abt my grandpa’s involvement w HUAC: the time has for you to prove you wouldn’t have done the same.”
Zoe Kazan is also a fan of using right-wing, neoliberal identity-politics talking points to smear critics of Hillary Clinton and supporters of Bernie Sanders as sexist.
If you don’t like Wall Street-backed, center-right uber war hawks who helped fuel mass incarceration and who castigated environmentalists, it’s obviously because you have a problem with women, not because you have actual consistent left-wing politics.
Elia Kazan shared the same bourgeois nationalist politics. Immediately after his 1952 testimony before HUAC, Kazan bought a full-page ad in The New York Times that blasted communism as a ”dangerous and alien conspiracy” and insisted ”liberals must speak out.”
He defended the United States until the end, calling it an arena in which “there is a drama being played out,” a “struggle of free men.”
In 1997, The New York Times, an implacable enemy of communists, noted Kazan’s “action remains for some a raw wound that has not healed and probably never will.”
“To his critics,” the US newspaper of record continued, “Kazan’s decision to name names 45 years ago was so repugnant that forgiveness seems out of the question.”
When Kazan was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Oscars in 1999, many prominent Hollywood figures refused to clap.
The Times noted that, in his 1988 autobiography A Life, Kazan remained just as unapologetic, writing, ”I wanted to name everybody, break open the secrecy” of the Communist Party.
“His career flourished after 1953,” the newspaper added.