Liberals in Hollywood continue to think it’s their job to make political statements instead of focusing on entertainment.
Now one of the industry’s top talent agencies is forgoing its annual Oscars party and instead hosting a refugee rally. United Talent Agency will also be making a sizable donation to a group fighting President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 9, 2017
“This is a moment that demands our generosity, awareness and restlessness,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer wrote to the agency’s staff, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Our world is a better place for the free exchange of artists, ideas and creative expression. If our nation ceases to be the place where artists the world over can come to express themselves freely, then we cease, in my opinion, to be America,” Zimmer wrote.
UTA Scraps Oscar Party in Favor of Refugee Rally | Hollywood Reporter https://t.co/R50APZDjBE
— KC O’Dea Program (@KCOnTheRadio) February 9, 2017
UTA will be donating $250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and humanitarian organization, the International Rescue Committee.
It will also play host to a pro-immigration rally at its Los Angeles office two days before the Academy Awards ceremony which will be broadcast on Feb. 26. Viewers tuning in for the usual glamorous Oscars spectacle will likely be in for plenty of anti-Trump political rhetoric as celebrities take the stage.
“When fear and division get the better of a society, artists are among the first to feel the impact — and to denounce the ill winds,” Zimmer said in his memo.
Really? Then why didn’t “the artists” speak out while the “fear and division” festered under Obama’s watch? You’d think, President Trump was the one who’d been in office for eight years, by their reaction.
But, they will march on.
Beverly Hills-based talent agency, WME-IMG, similarly joined UTA by announcing Wednesday that it would form a political action committee and pledged to protect its “diversity” in the coming years, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
There were, of course, the predictable supporters of the agency’s announced plans.
— Anne Hubert (@annehubert) February 9, 2017
Right on, film friends “UTA Scraps Oscar Party in Favor of Refugee Rally” https://t.co/Wza3eCqSPE
— Lucy Carson (@LucyACarson) February 9, 2017
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) February 8, 2017
— Ben Yuill (@BenWhy) February 9, 2017
@THR Ok- this is f*cking awesome. ???
— homosassian (@homosassian) February 8, 2017
— ?Lesley-Ann Brandt (@LesleyAnnBrandt) February 8, 2017
— Sigourney (@Inceptiongirl15) February 9, 2017
Others were not on board, however, and unloaded on the agency – and Hollywood – in countless Twitter posts.
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@THR Why don’t they just scrap the Oscars and invite the refugees into their homes or are they too hypocritical for that.
— Nancy (@TheReader23) February 8, 2017
@THR What, now there are only 88 parties? ???? stop it….
— Snowflake Melter (@OffMyMeds2016) February 9, 2017
@THR / there’s enough of them terrorists walking round in Hollywood..and Hollywood wants more???.California nutttttssss!
— anttonbart63 (@AnthonyBartol15) February 8, 2017
@THR This is getting so ridiculous now.
— TheMizz? (@MizzyII) February 8, 2017
@THR Waste of $$$$
— Stephen Szydlik (@SteveSzydlik) February 9, 2017
— DPRBLE SWAMP DRAINER (@MOVEFORWARDHUGE) February 8, 2017
— Ultra Gun Club (@ultragunclub) February 8, 2017
— Mrs. Ranger (@Sunnywishes) February 8, 2017
— klarson (@kglarson) February 9, 2017
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