2014 Oscars Debut Protesting Security Guards
While I love to watch movies, especially at those theaters where you can have dinner, I’m not much of an Oscar-award watcher; so, needless to say, as I flipped through channels on my T.V. last night, the 2014 Oscars were never on my screen. However, perusing through the news today, I ran across an interesting article about the 2014 Oscars and security that I thought would make for a fascinating discussion.
As we all know, actors, actresses and industry members, all dressed to the nines, bombarded Dolby Theater for the 86th Oscar awards last night. But, did you know that a group of about 50 security guards and community supporters did the same? Only they were protesting!
Seems the guards were bitter because the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have stopped using non-union Security Industry Specialists, Inc (SIS), (the same company that Apple, Twitter, Ebay and Google use) for their annual event. So, what was left to do but parade around in front of Dolby Theater with signs reading “Academy Awards: Support Good Jobs for Our Communities” and distribute fliers with “Why can’t Oscar go Union?” printed on them.
This same group of security officers also gathered outside the February Oscar luncheon in hopes of delivering a letter to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the academy’s president; however, and perhaps this is rather smart of her, she didn’t directly take the letter. (Never know what could be inside?! Anthrax? Another poison?)
Apparently, the letter informed that SIS has had quite a few lawsuits against them by their current and former officers for “wage theft, racial and gender discrimination, and worker spying and intimidating.”
So, just how serious were the protesters? Seems rather dedicated, since Daivon Young, a 28-year-old SIS officer from Seattle came to L.A. just to help with this protest.
“As security guards we just want to be equal, treated fairly just like anybody else,” he said. “Obviously the Oscars are very known — everyone’s TV is on right now. We want to put the attention on us.”
While this post isn’t about guns, I think we can have a pretty neat discussion, don’t you?
Do you support what the protesters did?
If you were Isaacs, would you have directly taken the letter in hopes of keeping its words confidential and from leaking to the press?
Do you agree with what Young said as to the reasoning they protested? Or, were they just looking for the minute of fame?
(Pictures courtesy of LA Times and Getty Images.)
Posted by Ginger Hill on Mar 03, 2014