December 21, 2017

WHEN THE HEADLINE DOESN’T MATCH THE STORY: “How liberal Hollywood’s support of Roman Polanski became a weapon for the alt-right,” blares this headline in the London Telegraph. Underneath it is a 2,360 word article on Polanski’s crime(s) and his flight from justice, of which less than 150 words focuses on the latest creation of conservative L.A. street artist Sabo:

For reasons we can’t possibly speculate on*, Streep has bore the brunt of her implied support of Polanski, with critics taking to social media this week slamming the star, calling her a rape apologist, proposing a boycott of her new film The Post, and celebrating posters unveiled across several Los Angeles locations this week claiming “she knew” about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct.

The Guardian yesterday confirmed that the posters were the work of a right-wing street artist named Sabo, who told the newspaper that he didn’t actually know whether Streep was aware of Weinstein’s behaviour (she has repeatedly denied any knowledge), and confirmed that the posters were revenge for an anti-Donald Trump speech Streep gave at this year’s Golden Globes. “She’s swiping at us so we’re swiping back,” he said.

But while much of the recent anti-Streep sentiment has been deliberately engineered by militants, it would be foolish to describe Hollywood’s past support of Polanski as anything other than an embarrassing, vaguely reprehensible blind spot…

Republican overreach — it’s everywhere! But is Sabo actually a member of the alt-right, or has that word replaced “neocons” (ironically enough) in the left’s dictionary for this decade’s catchall phrase to describe everyone on the right? So far, based on the art he has created, my money is on the latter.

On the other hand, I’m old enough to remember when the Telegraph was considered to be on the right, itself.

* C’mon, you’re speculating about the motives of one L.A. artist; why not another?

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