March 23, 2003

Freedom of speech my ass

Every year I look forward to the Oscars. I've always loved the movies, even the glitz and glamour that goes along with it. I buy a bottle of champagne and plop myself in front of the television to take in the Red Carpet and what follows. I've been looking forward to watching Steve Martin joke and insult with the wit he's famous for.

But this year will be different. This year, there is no red carpet. Actors and actresses are dropping out left and right, and everyone is "rethinking" how they're going to dress (and please, don't comment about how shallow I am for caring about the Oscars -- I spend very little time being shallow and most of my time analyzing the piss-poor state of the world, which is why I take Xanax daily).

At first, I believed that the red carpet was taken away due to security reasons. Silly me. You see, celebrities can't be censored on the red carpet. When media from all over the world are shoving microphones in the faces of people like Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore, who knows what they might say? Maybe Sarandon might tell people that Bush has "hijacked our losses and our fears." Or perhaps Moore might say something to Bush like, "The Pope has said this war is wrong, that it is a SIN. The Pope! But even worse, the Dixie Chicks have now come out against you!"

The producers of the Oscars have given celebrities 45 seconds to speak and have urged them not to make anti-war statements. Rumor has it that if they do talk anti-war, the music will begin and drown them out.

I thought this was America. Speaking of censorship, isn't it interesting to watch our news broadcasts of the war and never once see the torn up faces of the Iraqi women and children affected by the war. Instead we see fireworks displays. The only thing these broadcasts are missing is a soundtrack of "God Bless America" behind it (and don't fall for all this bullshit about how we're doing strategic bombing in areas where there are no civilians).

As Italian director Federico Fellini said, "Censorship is advertising paid by the government."

Posted at March 23, 2003 12:08 PM


It's great to hear the comment of Michael Moore, though I was a bit taken back
by his words. But I know he's going to do that anyway. :) As a Canadian, I'm so
glad and feel proud that Canada says NO to US. What makes me feel upset is
that some Americans assume we are anti-American. It's stupid and too
simple-minded. We are neighbours and our economy mainly relies on US money.
It is just that we act based on our moral principles and politics. First, Canada
has the history of being a peacemaker, going to an illegal war would forces us to
kill innocent people and we probably need to face U.N. later. Secondly, we are
basically invisible in the world with our troops, since we do not have money and
good equipments for the army. I think the best thing for us and other countries
is to help Iraq people after the war. Also, thank Michael Moore to mention the
names of his Canadian friends working in his movie, and Susan for her peace
sign. I can't wait to buy DVD of 'Bowling for Columbie'! It's too bad in Toronto
there is only a theatre airing this movie. Michael Moore deserves to win the best
documentary award that he is brave enough to give the voice to peace.

Posted by: Cindy at March 23, 2003 11:56 PM

Ahh, that sucks. I didn't watch the Oscars last night, but my wife did. I spent the evening playing some good 'ole, All American violent video games. =)

Posted by: roXet at March 24, 2003 8:27 AM

I was entertained by Mr. Moore's comments. That guy is kickass, and, despite what others may think, I think he's right. Hey Toni, btw, you got another loyal reader in me :) Hope you're doing alright...

Posted by: Eric at March 24, 2003 10:26 PM

eric- glad to hear your enjoying the site.

Posted by: toni at March 24, 2003 11:04 PM

the real reason to eliminate the red carpet was to banish Joan Rivers from gumming up the works......

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