Conservative filmmaker and writer Phelim McAleer said Monday that his new play on former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page was dropped from a Washington, D.C., theater because the entertainment industry is politically biased.
“They’re so busy giving themselves awards for bravery that they don’t realize they’re a bunch of cowards,” McAleer told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Jamal Simmons on “Rising.”
“This is the big thing about Hollywood and the theater world. They think they’re so brave. They’re not. They just do things that friends at dinner parties really like,” he said. “They’re afraid of controversy. They’re afraid of the truth. They’re politically biased actually too, let’s be clear.”
“The theater world is the most left of the entertainment industry,” he added. “They do not want this kind of theater in their sacred ground.”
The play is based on text messages between Strzok and Page that were critical of President Trump. The two now-former FBI employees had an affair before Strzok was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller‘s team.
The Mead Center this month was set to show and film McAleer’s play, “FBI Lovebirds: UnderCovers.“
The Studio Theatre, which represents the Mead Center, told Hill.TV the play was dropped amid safety concerns.
“Studio Theatre has canceled its contract with third-party rental client Unreported Story Society. Media reports have made us aware of undisclosed details about the event,” the theater said in a statement. “Additionally, there have been open and violent threats made against the theater and event participants. Studio has an institutional responsibility to consider the safety of our staff, patrons, community, event organizers and attendees. These concerns must be paramount.”
— Julia Manchester