February 17, 2009

A few weeks after 9/11, I had to attend a business meeting that was being held on the lot of a Hollywood movie studio. I had been inside studios for meetings before but right after 9/11 it was a major ordeal to get through the front gates. I think getting into the White House would have been easier, and I struggled to understand how these studios could be equating themselves with federal buildings and national monuments–the seats of our nation’s power.

Quite frankly I found the movie studios’ response a bit over-the-top and the epitome of arrogance. Call me cruel but I didn’t think that an industry that has not been kind to my Latino culture deserved unprecedented protection. I just couldn’t fathom shedding a tear if some disaster struck an industry that historically had misrepresented, disrespected or maligned my culture.

Published by Manny Gonzalez

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