The radical liberal elites of Hollywood are targeting film studios this week, demanding that they cut ties from police departments that typically provide security for both movie and television productions as well as for A-list awards shows.
In an open letter to film studios, the stars also call on Hollywood to stop making “anti-black content,” which they say are films and TV shows that glorify police brutality and criminalize people of color. The letter is signed by a lengthy list of stars that includes Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Janelle Monáe, Queen Latifah, Billy Porter, Tiffany Hadish, and Kerry Washington. The letter reads in part:
“We know these changes have the power to change Black lives in America. It is time for Hollywood to acknowledge its role and take on the responsibility of repairing the damage and being a proactive part of the change. We demand better. Prove that Black Lives Matter to Hollywood by taking bold moves to affirm, defend and invest in Black lives. Follow the examples of the Minneapolis School District, Denver Public Schools, the University of Minnesota and many other institutions in divesting from the policing system and investing in Black community.”
The letter goes on to demand studios “commit to no police on sets or events or for any other purposes,” going on to suggest that they instead hire private security officers from the SEIU-USWW labor union. However, they made sure to add that these people should be hired only if they drop their ties with police unions.
Members of the Black community in Hollywood are standing together w/@Mvmnt4BlkLives @Blklivesmatter & a coalition of community-based orgs to present a letter and list of demands calling on Hollywood to commit to inclusion & institutional support#Hollywood4BlackLives#BLDPWR pic.twitter.com/F15lPeACCu
— BLD PWR (@WeBldPwr) June 23, 2020
Not stopping there, the celebrities also called on studio heads to pressure politicians in Los Angeles to remove the police from traffic coordination and the permit process for on-site film production. The California Highway Patrol has long helped to coordinate outdoor shoots that require traffic to be diverted.
In addition, the letter voices support for People’s Budget of L.A., which is fighting for the budget of the LAPD to be reduced by 90 percent. The letter was written by “Insecure” star Kendrick Sampson with Tessa Thompson and Black Lives Matter co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Melina Abdullah. Sampson recently told Variety that he wants to “defund police and prosecute killer cops,” adding, “I want us all to participate in tearing this system down and building better for our community.”