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McCarthyism

from U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy who acted out morbid fear of aliens, especially Communists. [Am. Hist.: Payton, 409]
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(97) And that is exactly what the McCarthyists fear: art's demand for change toward an egalitarian society, free from oppression.
Singer Robeson, best known for Ole Man River, spent much of his life blacklisted by McCarthyists.
Lawmakers in many communities have stopped short of banning cigarette smoke from the stage (while forbidding it in all other public areas of the theatre building), but individuals have sometimes gone a lot further in attempting to discourage smoking in performance, a fact which makes many nonsmokers wary of being accused of artistic tampering or branded tobacco McCarthyists. Michael Wilson, associate director of Houston's Alley Theatre, remembers being approached prior to rehearsals for his production of Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart by a board member who said: "|Well, Michael, in this production you're about to direct for us you're not going to have anyone smoke, are you?' It was conveyed to me that this would make everyone happy," Wilson recalls.