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Published On: Thu, Jan 26th, 2012

Robert Redford reminds us: Hollywood elites are clueless

Robert Redford opened the 34th annual Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, slamming the government for failing its citizens and talking about how Sundance exists for the forgotten “99 percent.”

Like Michael Moore, Redford and other Hollywood celebs cling to the delusion and the PR scam that they are part of the 99%.

Worst yet, the famed star and director said that the Film Festival movies reflect how people are “really” living.

“We show stories of what people in America are really dealing with, and really living with, against a consequence of having a government that’s let them down,” Redford said. “People can come and say, ‘God, at least we’re seeing how people are really living in America, and what they’re up against.’ We square away on the 99 percent.”

Take a look around Park City Utah, the home of Sundance, and you will see BIG CORPORATIONS and BIG CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP everywhere!
FOX was helpful in just listing the Sundance sponsors:
…the official Sundance headquarters “proudly brews Starbucks” with a pop-up stall assembled just for the festival. The Bing Bar hosts press conferences and interviews. Grey Goose Vodka sponsors several Blue Door events. The Acura Studio hosts premiere dinners. Even the city of Miami brought the Miami Oasis Suite to Park City to lure folks to the beach capital. And one of the hottest late night tickets is quite the sponsor mouthful: The T-Mobile Presents Google Music at TAO in Park City, which serves to recognize and support independent musicians through the launch of a new Google Music Magnified program.

Hypocrisy?

Funny how the Occupy protesters had similar proclamations against corporations as they took photos and made calls from their iPods in the grungy Ambercrombie & Fitch clothes.

BTW, before I move on…Robert Redford is worth $170 million! (check it out here)


Of course there’s also the self-adoration glorifying the documentaries as some sort of insightful, groundbreaking journalism.

“The documentaries, in particular — so much can be learned from them,” Redford said in an interview this week with The Salt Lake Tribune. “In a way, because of the TV pundits and all that technology has created, I think documentaries become a new source of truth. It’s almost like a new form of investigative journalism.”

photo/ Gerd Altmann via pixabay

The documentaries debuting at Sundance hit on some of the pressing issues in America: the decline of the industrial Midwest in “Detropia”; the problems with the health-care system in “Escape Fire”; the nation’s hunger problem in “Finding North”; the unintended consequences of the War on Drugs in “The House I Live In”; the influence of debt on society in “Payback”; the collapse of the economy in “The Queen of Versailles”; and the disparity between corporate income and corporate taxation in “We’re Not Broke.”

“It’s no secret that obviously these are tough times, economically, not only in our country but in the world,” said Redford, founder of the nonprofit Sundance Institute. “And I think it’s pretty clear, also, that our current system of government has never been more plagued with paralysis. What should be a bipartisan situation with Democrats and Republicans has been compromised and frozen.”

The Hollywood liberal lives in a bubble with their fictitious films glorying sex, drug abuse and homosexuality. Go to the Sundance website, check out the first film listed (Excision) and explain how that represents the 99%.

I love movies, but just as the Oscars have drifted further and further out of touch with the audience, so has Hollywood.

I can only hope they would stick to what they do best, just make movies and frankly, remain silent on everything else.

 

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