Wednesday, November 26, 2008

L.A. Film Festival Director Resigns

Yet another robot who says he gave money to Prop 8 simply because the church told him to do so. He's sorry now, he says, didn't mean to hurt anyone -- I guess including himself -- but is resigning. And well he should. Again, Bill Condon is completely wrong on this: This man gave his money to take away people's rights, and I'm sorry you can't hide behind religion. He made a decision of his own free will to be a robot for the Mormon church. Stand up and accept the consequences of your actions. From the article:

In a statement, Raddon said, "I have always held the belief that all people, no matter race, religion or sexual orientation, are entitled to equal rights. As many know, I consider myself a devout and faithful Mormon. I prefer to keep the details around my contribution through my church a private matter. But I am profoundly sorry for the negative attention that my actions have drawn to Film Independent and for the hurt and pain that is being experienced in the GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender] community."

Raddon's support for Proposition 8 has sparked debate within both the gay community and Hollywood, as many publicly worry about punishing people for free speech, even speech they deemed hateful, and his departure has already provoked ambivalence.

"I'm personally saddened by the outcome," said Film Independent board member Bill Condon, the writer-director of "Dreamgirls." "Someone has lost his job and possibly his livelihood because of privately held religious beliefs. I think the organization was ready to tough this out, but Rich ultimately decided it wasn't worth the cost. I'm not sure he was right."

Condon just doesn't get it: People were opposed to interracial marriage on religious grounds. People are opposed to treating Jews equally on religious grounds. You can't excuse bigotry with religion, end of discussion.