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LA Accused of Forcing the Homeless Out Ahead of the Oscars Due to Bad Optics

One homeless man says he and others were asked to vacate Union Station before the Oscars take place.


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Leftists, especially in Hollywood, take virtue signaling very seriously.

They never miss an opportunity to tell everyone how much they care about others who live without privilege.

You know, like the homeless…

Nobody in this country suffers worse than the homeless, who struggle everyday to find food, shelter, medicine, and other amenities that the rest of us take for granted. 

Strangely enough, despite how much the elite Hollywood left virtue signal, LA still has one of the worst homeless rates of the entire country. 

Apparently those very same elites have finally decided to something about it.

The 93rd Academy Awards are being held in Union Station for the first time ever, and apparently a bunch of homeless tents are bad optics.

New reports are coming in that the city has decided to force the homeless to move out of sight so that the glamorous event can go on without those pesky homeless people photo bombing the event.

According to one homeless man by the name of DJ, a week ago he and several others were told to vacate the area by Friday.

Fox 11 LA has the story:

For the first time in its history, the 93rd Academy Awards is being held at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles.

It’s an area that is plagued by homelessness. But come Oscar Sunday, the homeless will not be seen anywhere near Union Station.

"They came to us about a week ago saying that we had to move by Friday 6 p.m. because they were trying to clean up for the Oscars and they told us if we didn’t move, they were gonna just demolish our stuff," says DJ, a man living in a tent in downtown Los Angeles.

DJ says the city did offer an option.

"They forced us to go to the Grand Hotel on 3rd and Figueroa and they kicked everybody out of Union Station so it looks better for the image," says DJ. 

Hollywood hypocrisy at it's finest...

The Academy is denying that anyone is being forced out.

However, they had no comment on the firsthand accounts of several of the homeless who said differently.

Our friends at Fox News have more info:

The Academy's representative had no comment when reached by Fox News regarding firsthand accounts of homeless people in the area.

Nonetheless, District 14 City Council Member Kevin De León echoed the Academy’s commitment to not forcibly relocate homeless groups, in a statement obtained by FOX 11.

"NO unhoused residents are being forced to relocate," De León’s statement reads. "Since being sworn in, my office has been painstakingly working to house those experiencing homelessness throughout my district and we were able to offer housing options to unhoused residents in the vicinity of Union Station."

The Oscars will air live on Sunday, April 25 at 5 p.m. PST. Aside from Union Station, a part of the award show will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood – which has hosted the event for 19 consecutive years.

Union Station will serve as the central venue this year and the trains will still be operational, according to the Los Angeles Times. Coronavirus-related health and safety protocols will be followed as well, including face masks and social distancing.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that celebrity attendees will receive swag bags that contain luxury products and services that range from cosmetics, home goods, spa treatments and vacation vouchers.

It's too bad that Ricky Gervais wasn't invited...



 

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