Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Hollywood Hypocrisy: Motion Picture Fund Exits Bev Hills Hotel Over Gay Stand, But They’re Still a Bad Facility


Well, this is special: the Motion Picture and TV Fund will not have their next “The Night Before” event at the Beverly Hills Hotel next February. They’re citing the owner’s anti-gay policies. But the Motion Picture Home is still a pretty bad facility with overpaid executives and not enough proper care. This is a good diversion for them. Hilarious.

Yes, the Sultan of Brunei, owner of the Dorchester Collection hotels, is anti-gay everything. That’s deplorable, of course. But it’s funny to hear overpaid Bob Beitcher ($800K a year) taking high moral ground. The home in Woodland Hills just went through a bruising period during which they sought to close their long term care facility. They forced residents out, and incited protests that went on for three years.

More recently they were the subject of a scathing report about conditions and health care in 2012 that has never been fully addressed.

But they’re very worried about where their photo op will be next February, and where celebrities can pick up their gift bags.

Now, a more important question: what happens to the Night of 100 Stars on Oscar night? Do they move too? And a dozen or more other events? Does all of Hollywood pull out of the BHH? And does the Sultan care?  The people at the Four Seasons must be jumping for joy!

As for “The Night Before”: go on over to the Beverly Hilton. The welcome mat is out!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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