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For the upcoming Oscars on March 27th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is reportedly requiring everybody to be vaccinated — except for the show’s “performers and presenters.”
Everybody else will be required to both be vaccinated and also pass at least two P.C.R. tests, according to The New York Times.
“Performers and presenters also must undergo rigorous testing — but those people will not need to show proof of vaccination, a decision that an academy spokeswoman said on Thursday was in keeping with virus safety protocols on some television sets and return-to-work standards set by Los Angeles County,” the Times reported Thursday.
This announcement has provoked outrage and cries of “hypocrisy” and “double standards,” regardless of the supposed reasons for this “caste system”-like set of rules.
Look: (** Language warning)
Ok…presumably the event staff have comparable requirements…why the caste-system?
— GuttChek (@GuttChek) February 18, 2022
Thats such BS……I work backstage on shows like this and we have to be tested daily and wear masks constantly. Whoever is in the building should have to go by the same rules unless onstage….I’m so sick of these double standards
— Dred🇺🇸Sanford (@HGiamarco) February 18, 2022
On-stage performers and presenters cannot get infected?
— Boa Constrictor (@MXenFL) February 18, 2022
Fuck the Academy! Either everyone is vaccinated or no one is.
— Mish Mosh (@skeletonarmy66) February 18, 2022
The sad part is that the entitled rich don’t even see how stupid and contradictory this rule is!
— Just My Two Cents (@just_cents) February 18, 2022
These rules appear to be indicative of typical Hollywood “hypocrisy,” though in an unusual way.
The Times notes that nominees — as in actors and actresses there to potentially receive an award — have to abide by the vaccine mandate as well. And so it isn’t necessarily an issue of Hollywood fatcats not being held to the same standards as the plebians. Or at least in regard to vaccines.
As for masks, the alleged hypocrisy does seem more customary.
“Nominees and their guests will be seated in the orchestra and parterre areas of the Dolby Theater and will not be required to wear masks. These attendees will be seated with more spacing than usual. The Dolby seats 3,317 people and 2,500 people will be invited,” according to the Times.
“Those in the mezzanine may be required to wear masks, as they will sit shoulder-to-shoulder. Infections are declining rapidly in Los Angeles County, and the academy said it was consulting with government officials, infectious disease experts and an independent vendor, Cosmos Health Solutions, on a policy.”
And so the plebians will be masked, while the Hollywood celebrities won’t.
In fairness, these disjointed rules are, at the very least, less “hypocritical” than they were before.
As previously reported, last week news emerged that the Academy was planning to not require COVID vaccination for the Oscars. There was also speculation that the Academy would also not be requiring masks.
Considering all the draconian restrictions that everybody else in the surrounding area has been forced to contend with, critics were enraged.
As reported by the Times, the Academy “was pummeled on social media by fans, stars, politicians and others.”
“All the kids in California have to wear masks in schools but there’s no vaccine or mask requirement for anyone attending the #Oscars. Rules for thee, not for me. The hypocrisy remains.” – @ClayTravis pic.twitter.com/M39PRGAFMZ
— OutKick (@Outkick) February 11, 2022
I’d like to thank the Academy for exposing the hypocrisy of the Left.
Show your vax card if you go to the movies, unless you’re a Hollywood A-lister.
— Kelly Loeffler (@KLoeffler) February 11, 2022
And the Oscar for Hypocrisy goes to… https://t.co/brd4JNBIhN
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 10, 2022
Almost everywhere else: “Mask mandates are over!”
Los Angeles: “Mask mandates STAY here!”
Also Los Angeles: “State of Emergency!”
Also also Los Angeles: “We will host the Super Bowl!”
Also also also Los Angeles: “No vax passport for the Oscars! For you? Yes!”
— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) February 11, 2022
It wasn’t necessarily that critics were pro-vaccine mandate and pro-mask mandate themselves. The more common viewpoint was that if everyday people had to put up with these rules, Hollywood elites should have as well.
Though to be clear, COVID zealots were also upset:
Really, Oscars? This would seem, from the outside looking in, a colossal abdication of responsible management. I cannot fathom what piece of information we might be missing that would justify this. https://t.co/9T54TAdIGX
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 10, 2022
All this comes only days after thousands of people, many of them wealthy celebrities, congregated at the Super Bowl unmasked.
More notably, all this comes even as schoolchildren in Los Angeles are still being forced to mask up:
On Sunday, 70,240 people were maskless at the Super Bowl in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, the LA Unified School District announced plans to keep its OUTDOOR mask mandate in place.
The elite are laughing while children suffer.
— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) February 18, 2022
Remember when looking at this photo of Democrat Mayor Garcetti that children in Los Angeles were forced to wear masks to school today. pic.twitter.com/u3nwuqQAOF
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 14, 2022
Children across Los Angeles are going to school in masks today. pic.twitter.com/R9KfjekbkP
— Dan O’Donnell (@DanODonnellShow) February 14, 2022
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