FLASHBACK: An Oscar Speech You Didn’t Hear

Just shut up and act!

Sunday’s Oscars proceeded as expected with filthy rich celebrities preaching a perverted Hollywood gospel only those in attendance and their leftist congregants could applaud. Meanwhile, the hundreds of millions of Americans that didn’t tune in aren’t interested in their version of morality and are, quite frankly, sick of they hypocrisy.

This self-indulgent lecturing is a well-worn tradition at the Academy Awards. It’s downright expected. What rarely happens, if ever, on the Oscars’ stage is any pushback from other celebrities. If there is anyone in attendance that doesn’t agree with what’s going on onstage keeps it to themselves lest they get blacklisted.

That wasn’t the case back in 1978 when screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky hit the stage. He took issue with Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave who had won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Julia. However, during her acceptance speech, the actress called Jewish protesters “Zionist hoodlums” for their rightful rage over her pro-Palestinian documentary called The Palestinian. As RedState noted, “This documentary took a sympathetic angle in its story about the Palestinian terrorist group, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), which is responsible for the slaughter of innocent lives, including Israeli athletes and school children.”

Chayefsky didn’t let that moment go untouched and when he reached the stage to present a category, he chided Redgrave for her political grandstanding:

“Before I get to the writing award there’s a little matter I’d like to tidy up, at least if I expect to live with myself tomorrow morning. I would like to say — personal opinion, of course — that I am sick and tired of people exploiting the occasion of the Academy Awards for the propagation of their own personal political propaganda.

“I would like to suggest to Ms. Redgrave that her winning an Academy Award is not a pivotal moment in history, it does not require a proclamation, and a simple ‘thank you’ would’ve sufficed.”

Or simply put, shut up and act.

Here is Redgrave’s boo-inducing speech that spurred the Chayefsky moment above -- a verbal spanking that is much-needed today: