Julia Louis-Dreyfus just announced she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Of course, she used her announcement to make a political statement advocating universal health care. I guess she doesn’t know that the first thing Hitler did when he came to power was put the government in charge of health care – the power of life and death.
Julia also used the recent Emmys to allude to impeaching Trump.
Apparently, the only people allowed to be publicly political are progressives. I’ve been politically silent for the last two years. Not just because I’ve been battling breast cancer myself (double mastectomy, five months of chemo, 33 radiation treatments) diagnosed at the same age Julia was, 56, but because I am exhausted from the backlash and blacklisting I’ve experienced from speaking out politically! I immediately lost all my stand up gigs in 2010 when I supported the tea party. Two agents dropped me. A booker backed out. My income plummeted.
More recently, I was asked not to speak at a local Cancer Survivor Event called “Survivor-ville,” even though I just wrote a book about surviving cancer! My book is called “Lavender Hair.” I was told that one of the donors “didn’t like my politics.” Netflix and CMT refused to watch a three-minute sizzle reel I made this summer pitching a new comedy show idea. They told my producer, “We wouldn’t touch Victoria Jackson with a 10-foot pole!”
I’ll be shocked if NBC responds to my publisher’s request to have me as a guest this month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on the Hoda and Kathie Lee show, even though Hoda, a breast cancer survivor, is mentioned fondly in my book. And, I know Kathie Lee.
You see, it’s not just a rumor that conservatives in Hollywood are blacklisted. It’s true.
But, my heroes are people like Eric Metaxas and the people he writes about: Martin Luther, Bonhoeffer and Wilberforce – people who bucked the system, who stood apart, separate from their culture because they valued God’s opinion more than man’s opinion.
Matthew 10:28: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Proverbs 29:25: “The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.”
Psalm 118:6,7: “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Cancer wasn’t so hard. I’ve been through worse things. My faith in God carried my husband and me through it, and the Bible was my comfort – all those promises and hope for a future. I named my book after a love song I wrote to my husband when I was bald during chemo. The gray/lavender wig seemed to suit me best, better than the fortuneteller scarf, the country-club lady wig, the hot pink, the Japanese Animae, the Raggedy Ann and the Pippi Longstocking wigs. I chronicled my year-long breast cancer journey that began and ended at Zanies Comedy Club, sprinkling Bible verses and cancer jokes along the way. I hope it brings laughter and hope to other women and families going through this scary adventure.
Ironically, I casually mentioned Julia Louis Dreyfus in my book as someone who seemed to have a perfect life! This was before her recent cancer announcement! Maybe Julia will read my book. There are a few conservative political points in it. Maybe she’ll see things in a new light!