Hollywood bites the hand that protects them

Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards come out Tuesday morning, and the usual A-list suspects are expected to strut the red carpet outside the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on March 27 before the ceremony airs.

It is one of the most publicized events covered each year by the Los Angeles Police Department. Think of the crowds, the millions of dollars in jewelry (mostly borrowed), and the simple logistics of protecting people and the place from chaos. The Oscars would make a hell of a target.

So we wonder if the stars will put aside their progressive talking points for one night and speak appreciatively of the police who protect them, or at least refrain from bashing them, as they did last year.

The 2021 Oscars came days after a Minnesota jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on charges related to the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

Some honorees did more than thank the Academy, as Fox News reported.

While accepting the award for the winner of the live-action short ‘Two Distant Strangers’, co-director Travon Free said, “Today the police will kill three people, and tomorrow the police will kill three people, and the next day, the police will kill three people.

“Because on average, American police kill three people every day, which is about a thousand people a year and those people happen to be disproportionately black,” Free said.

We don’t know exactly where the LAPD places its officers when covering events such as the Oscars, but it’s likely that many cops heard this speech inside Union Station in Los Angeles, where the show took place. took place, knowing that if all hell were to break loose, they would protect Travon Free and the rest of the Hollywood elites who have made a point of calling for the defunding of the police.

But a lot has changed in a year – violence has increased, especially in major cities, and Los Angeles in particular has seen a spike in burglaries, especially at high-end retailers, and robberies at residence.

Even among Hollywood celebrities, there must be a realization that we need the police – absolutely.

Unless we’re talking about Susan Sarandon, who hasn’t received the memo yet.

Late last week, Sarandon posted a screenshot of a tweet from writer and podcaster Danny Haiphong that included a photo of the thousands of police officers lining the streets of Manhattan for the NYPD officer’s funeral. killed Jason Rivera on January 28, as reported by the New York Post. . “I will tell my children what fascism looks like, Haiphong wrote.

On the image, Sarandon wrote, “So if all those cops weren’t needed for CRIME that day, doesn’t that mean they aren’t needed ANY day?”

I doubt the good people at MENSA are rushing to his door with a membership package.

The progressive sweetheart went into “sort of” apology mode.

“I deeply regret the meme I recently shared on Twitter which included a photo of Officer Jason Rivera’s funeral,” Sarandon wrote.

“I reacted quickly to the photo without linking it to a police funeral and now realize how insensitive and deeply disrespectful it was to make this point at this time.

“I sincerely apologize to the family of Officers Rivera and Mora for causing further pain during their time of mourning.”

It’s funny how people realize their callousness and disrespect after a backlash on social media.

For equally clueless Hollywood, a measure of their appeal can be tied to Oscar night rankings – which rival Joe Biden’s poll numbers in the race to the bottom.

The police we need. Celebrities – not so much.

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