Top 10 Celebrities Who Were Blacklisted by McCarthyismIn the late 40s and early 50s, U.S. senator Joseph McCarthy lead a crazed witch-hunt against people whom he and his followers deemed "communists" or "communist sympathizers". This was the start of a political movement known as McCarthyism. Among the hundreds of Americans blacklisted and investigated were notable celebrities who were alive at the time. Here were some of them who were investigated and/or blacklisted.
The famous scientist was also a firm socialist, a fact that was enough for J. Edgar Hoover to call for him to be barred from entering the US.
But Albert Einstein lived in the United States...
Chaplin had made his political views very clear in movies like The Great Dictator, and this made him a clear target of McCarthyists, so much so he was banned from entering the US at one point.
Yes Chaplin was done dirty, but also remember he was in a paternity suit and married women WAY younger than him.
Kaye was blacklisted and investigated following an attempt to form a committee with other Hollywood stars in protest of McCarthyism.
The director of Citizen Kane faced accusations of being a communist, with said movie being used as "evidence" for it.
The star of I Love Lucy endured an FBI investigation for allegedly registering as a communist supporter in the 30s.
Credited as the "father of the atomic bomb", Oppenheimer was blacklisted following supposed ties to the Communist Party, stripping him of his rising political influence.
Now this is one I can agree with. He was done very dirty, but he still lived a distinguished life.
The famous playwright was convicted for "contempt of Congress" after admitting to supporting communist groups and refusing to name affiliates.
The famous composer was continuously spied on by the FBI for his left-wing views and was blacklisted by CBS in the 50s.
Mostel defied the authorities in good humor and was blacklisted for years. In that time, his theater career flourished; he won a Tony in 1961 for his performance in Ionesco's 'Rhinoceros' and in 1965 for 'Fiddler on the Roof'.
Hughes was well-known for his support of communist ideas, which was enough for Congress to make him testify. This later prompted Hughes to go completely silent on politics.
The famous activist and author was indicted because of his pro-socialist views.