In, Democrat Lockdowns Exempt Hollywood, Destroy Small Businesses, last week, I noted Hollywood’s big exemption from the lockdown rules.
Before Thanksgiving, Los Angeles imposed a curfew and, in a shocking oversight, asked Hollywood to follow it. After ordering Hollywood to restrict filming to the same curfew as other businesses, a few hours later the order was withdrawn followed by a final plea to film shoots to “to voluntarily limit and/or avoid activities likely to invite a negative community response” which could “jeopardize community confidence in our ability to operate safely.”
As if allowing movie studios to shoot around the clock while shutting down small businesses might “invite a negative community response” or raise questions about the corrupt system.
The film permit office now claims that “the State of California has viewed workers supporting the film, television and commercial production industry… as essential for the state’s critical infrastructure.”
Illustrating that point is this viral video of a Sherman Oaks restaurant owner, Angela Marsden, the owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill, who has been forced to shut down after investing tens of thousands into an outdoor dining setup, while a movie shoot is allowed to setup a canteen.
No, we’re not all in this together.
You can’t have outdoor dining, unless you’ve got hundreds of crew members shooting a movie or TV show or Netflix original.
Recently we had the surreal spectacle of the She’s All That remake displacing one of the most widely used coronavirus testing stations from Union Station.
The kiosk at downtown L.A.’s Union Station will be shuttered tomorrow so the She’s All That remake can use the iconic terminal as a location. Despite the hundreds of people who use the South Patio-located Covid-19 testing site daily at the well-trafficked station, the Miramax pic was granted a permit by FilmLA, Deadline has confirmed. With exterior shots and interior scenes at the terminal, there is estimated to be a total cast and crew size of around 170 at the location tomorrow
As I mentioned in the article, movie shoots have been listed as “essential for the state’s critical infrastructure.”
This is obviously an absurd level of corruption which, despite all the industry nonsense about “testing”, comes down to one thing and one thing alone.
Democrats taking gobs of cash from Hollywood.
During the gubernatorial race, Hollywood poured millions into Newsom’s campaign, and celebrity fundraising helped put Garcetti into the mayor’s office. The Democrat with the biggest haul of industry cash usually wins. Your local pizza shop isn’t going to compete with that.
And giving them gobs of cash.
Back in California, Disney’s Captain Marvel got $20 million in tax credits in California. Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, which has been blamed for encouraging teenage suicide, vacuumed up over $40 million. You can’t expect one of the wealthiest companies in America to set off a spike in teenage suicides and promote pedophilia without some serious taxpayer subsidies.
The full article delves into Cuomo’s shenanigans in New York, but California is bad enough and corrupt enough on its own.
This is exactly why it took a full scale parental rebellion to reopen schools because teachers’ unions have been pouring Hollywood levels of cash into Democrat pockets. The lockdowns hit small businesses who aren’t going to finance election campaigns hard, while giving Disney a pass.