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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Oscars - All Talk, Little Action

George Clooney believes that talking about civil rights is a sufficient activity for the Academy Awards (but the Awards have seldom awarded awards to black performers!) and he rabbits on about Hollywood being a great force for bland liberalism and happiness.
But as OxBlog points out -Most of Hollywood's output is geared not to challenge and change opinion, but to follow trends and pander to appetites. While there's nothing necessarily wrong with this if you are trying to sell a product, its not the same as presenting yourself one-dimensionally as a force for progress ahead of your time.
A number of issues have yet to be addressed by Hollywood - for example the dark side of Che Guevara - Lets be reminded that the same darling of the Hollywood establishment was the architect of Castro's prison camp system which later incarcerated AIDS victims. Among his heroic achievements were the killing of fellow socialists who had not disowned their democratic beliefs, and the enlightened doctrine that 'To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary.'

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