Feb. 27th, 2017

negothick: (Charlotte)
As the Washington Post put it, blandly:

"Well that was interesting. Warren Beatty seemed like he was just joking around when he took so long to read the best picture winner. It turns out, he was just confused because he had pulled the envelope for best actress (Emma Stone in “La La Land”). When he handed the card to Faye Dunaway, she announced “La La Land” as the winner, even though “Moonlight” was the real victor."

Conspiracy theories already abound. One claims that it was a last-minute coup by insurgents, triggered by one of the La La Land acceptance speakers mentioning his "Blue-eyed wife." Another that Beatty was given the wrong envelope deliberately to make him look bad.

He DID look confused, as did Dunaway--but to my eyes, they looked that way from the moment they walked toward the mic. And they're not that old: "ONLY" 79 (Beatty) and 76 (Dunaway). The latter (to my eyes again, without conspiracy theories) couldn't have read any card without glasses--she barely glanced at it.

Was there ever such an Oscar mess?
negothick: (Charlotte)
Since January, there have been waves of apparently robo-called bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers around the US. So far, all have been hoaxes. Occasionally, recipients thought they detected actual humans making the threats, but it doesn't seem as though anyone has been arrested. After each of those threats, pictures showed the same sad subjects, children pulled out of swimming pools, daycare centers evacuated, with infants pushed along in labelled "evacuation cribs" out into the winter cold. I wondered each time whether the haters knew that JCCs are open to all in the community, or that (at least in Connecticut), the childrens' programs and daycare centers were utilized predominantly by non-Jews.

Today, in addition to a wave of JCC bomb threats, a bomb threat was called into a Hebrew High School. http://www.wfsb.com/story/34615449/bomb-threat-reported-at-west-hartfod-school-fbi-investigating-incident

The haters are learning. . .here their targets would be mainly Jews, perhaps a few non-Jewish teachers. It's only a matter of time before we have the metal detectors at synagogues that are standard operating procedure in France today.


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