Hypocrisy, thy name is Hollywood. Even as the showbiz elite donned orange pins for the 90th Academy Awards Sunday night to raise awareness about gun violence and the need for better gun reform, they were being protected by an unprecedented degree of security from armed professionals, from the LAPD to the FBI.
MSN reports that multiple cordons of security numbering more than 500 officers ensured the safety of the Oscar attendees. The security included firefighters, police helicopters, FBI agents, and even private security guards.
“We have these concentric rings of security that start in the middle and radiate outward,” said LAPD Cmdr. Blake Chow. “We have a lot of officers in fixed posts and foot beats keeping an eye on the event.”
Traffic for nearly a mile along Hollywood Boulevard was closed. The Red Line metro stop at Hollywood and Highland Avenues, where the Dolby Theater is located, was closed all that day. This is the protected world that celebrities occupy, removed from the real world in which ordinary citizens deserve the right to protect themselves, as guaranteed by the Constitution.
MSN notes that law enforcement officials had not received any specific threats against the awards, but the LAPD was taking extra precautions in light of the mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas last October. "That was something that was kind of new,” Chow says, and it was figured into the department’s tactical plan.
Meanwhile, the Hollywood left has been railing against the evils of gun ownership in the wake of the Parkland high school shooting atrocity and dismissing the notion of "a good guy with a gun" as a complete myth, even as they are surrounded by over 500 good guys with guns at their virtue-signaling awards event.