Charlie Chaplin's Evidence Against Communism

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Charlie Chaplin McCarthyism Charlie Chaplin was being investigated for being a communist by HUAC (House of Un-American Activities Committee) first in 1947. Charlie Chaplin kept his original statement saying that he was thankful to Russia for their support in World War II, and was not against communism. Charlie Chaplin was not fairly accused for being a communist because he, at no point said he was a communist, he was judged solely on his left wing political views, and at no point had any membership to any communist parties. In 1942, Charlie Chaplin was investigated for supporting aiding the Russians in their attack on Germany by HUAC. This caused many allegations against him pointing out that he was a communist and was against America and the allies in general. This was a major reason for him being accused by HUAC of being a communist in 1947. This shows that a simple opinion of supporting another country in a war would get you into serious trouble in that time. Another reason for Charlie Chaplin being accused of being a communist was when a telegram…show more content…
During this investigation, there were multiple payments going to communist organizations in the US, and Britain. Chaplin did not comment on these payments, as he was acquitted from the trials when HUAC decided he was not needed anymore and was not tried. Chaplin was quoted on this "Friends have asked how I came to engender this American antagonism. My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist. Although I am not a Communist I refused to fall in line by hating them. Secondly, I was opposed to the Committee on Un-American Activities — a dishonest phrase to begin with, elastic enough to wrap around the throat and strangle the voice of any American citizen whose honest opinion is a minority of one.” This shows that Chaplin does not support HUAC in any way, and had reason to decline being

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