More than a couple people were probably unimpressed with this little gem from the Oscars last night. These awards ceremonies routinely devolve into more of a shouting match amongst political savants than they do actually celebrate entertainment success. Now, I’m sure it’s wonderful getting drunk at the after party and high fiving all your rich and insulated friends and media whores, but given some of the displays we’ve seen in recent years, perhaps it’s the drunken before party that’s causing this foolishness:
At the Academy Awards tonight, best cinematography winner Wally Pfister made a point during his acceptance speech of thanking his union crew on â€œInception.â€
Backstage he went further, expressing shock at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walkerâ€™s budget proposal, which would limit unionâ€™s collective bargaining powers. Opponents of the plan have been protesting at the state capitol for 21 days.
â€œI think that what is going on in Wisconsin is kind of madness right now,â€ Pfister says. â€œI have been a union member for 30 years and what the union has given to me is security for my family. They have given me health care in a country that doesnâ€™t provide health care and I think unions are a very important part of the middle class in America all we are trying to do is get a decent wage and have medical care.â€
I can’t help but laugh at the delicious irony of people like this Pfister fellow because, you know, maybe he ought to just drop his career as a cinematographer then, and become a shop steward or Union rep. After all, won’t he be doing more for his brethren by getting down in the trenches with them and fighting for their health care rather than just sitting in his little ivory tower in Malibu (or wherever he lives the good life) and running his mouth about it before his first martini?
Talking about it behind a microphone is not anything like actually…you know…getting it done.