The few Americans that watched the Oscars would have noticed the torrent of anti-police rhetoric (sans Tyler Perry) offered by some of the presenters and award winners. In response, reps for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), who were among those guarding the event, issued a sharp rebuke of the industry for perpetuating hatred against law enforcement.
“In response to Sunday night’s anti-police speeches, the Los Angeles Police Protective League’s (LAPPL) Board of Directors told Fox News that more than 450 people have been shot in L.A. in 2021 so far – up 73% year-over-year – and the ‘overwhelming number of those shooting victims were young Black and Hispanic men,'” reported Fox News.
The board of directors specifically called out the Oscars for not mentioning the names of these young men gunned down so early in their lives.
“[Y]et no one heard about this carnage at last night’s Oscar production,” the board of directors told Fox News. “There won’t be any protests or social media generated from the red-carpet walking movie stars about homicides and shootings exploding in virtually every big city in the nation, rather, just more blame directed at police officers, because it must be their fault.”
“There isn’t a mirror big enough for Hollywood’s self-appointed moral standard-bearers to look into and question their contribution to the glorification of guns, drugs, and crime,” the statement added.
Sources close to the department said that as many as 200 LAPD members typically work events like the Oscars in uniform.
“LAPD members typically guard an outer perimeter, inner perimeter and are made up of personnel on the ground, SWAT team members, command staff and support staff,” noted Fox News.
During the ceremony, while accepting the award for “Two Distant Strangers,” co-director Trayvon Free characterized the police as a deadly force that disproportionately kills black people.
“Today the police will kill three people, and tomorrow the police will kill three people, and the day after that the police will kill three people,” he said.
“Because on average, the police in America every day kill three people, which amounts to about a thousand people a year and those people happen to disproportionately be black people,” he continued. Wearing a black and gold suit jacket lined with the names of people who have been killed by police, he then read a James Baldwin quote and asked: “Please don’t be indifferent to our pain.”
However, the most explosive moment of the night came when movie mogul Tyler Perry rejected the far-left talking point that “All Cops are Bad” by asking America to meet him in the middle.
“In this time, with all of the internet and social media and algorithms and everything that wants us to think a certain way, the 24-hour new cycle … it is my hope that all of us would teach our kids, and I want to remember: Just refuse hate. Don’t hate anybody.”
“I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are black or white or LBGTQ,” the producer said. “I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian.”
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