The Emmys Get a Pass on COVID-19 Protocols, Because They're More Special Than You

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After the outrage over the maskless Emmy Awards Show production from the unwashed masses watching at home, CNN correspondent Oliver Darcy performed a random act of journalism. Darcy reached out to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health to ask why the glitterati were allowed to break Los Angeles County COVID-19 protocols, which require masks for indoor events at all times, and especially for large-scale events. The entire night showed television stars parading around on the Red Carpet without masks, and definitely not socially distanced, while the volunteers and staff had to be masked up and in the background.

So proletariat.

LA County’s Health Officer order requires everyone to wear a mask indoors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. However, exceptions are made for film, television, and music productions, as additional safety modifications are made for these controlled interactions. The Emmy Award Show is a television production and persons appearing on the show are considered performers.

No, sh*t, Sherlock. They’re preaching to the choir.

Governor Gavin Newsom designated the entertainment industry as set apart during last year’s COVID lockdowns and curfews. All entertainment production was deemed “essential“, so even though others were required to shut their business and disrupt their working life a second time, the bread and circuses bunch were able to continue their important work of churning out another garbage series for the latest streaming service.

Reed Hastings, owner of garbage streaming service Netflix, poured $3 million into Newsom’s fight against the Recall. The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Steven Spielberg, and a host of others also contributed to the Stop the Republican Recall coffers. Newsom handsomely rewarded the industry by signing into law a bill authorizing $660 million of production credits in order to encourage and increase production within the state.

Hurray for Hollywood indeed!

In the heart of the home of the movies, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday put pen to paper and made the new $330 million increase in California’s film and television tax incentives a reality.

Facing a recall election in September, the longtime studio-friendly Democrat swooped into Netflix’s backyard Sunset Gower Studios on Wednesday to sign the bill.

With the stroke of his pen, California is now offering a whopping $660 million to encourage and juice production here, at least for the next two years. In that context and with an emphasis on diversity, $150 million of the new funding is intended to aid in the building or revamping of much-needed soundstages in and around Los Angeles County.

Newsom takes care of his special interests, and Hollywood knows they have him by the short hairs—especially now that, thanks in no small part to them, he’s skirted being fired.

To explain just how special and unique these people are, LADPH continued,

All persons appearing on or in the audience of the Emmy Award Show were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Also, Public Health was informed that each of these persons had a verified negative PCR test 48 hours prior to the show. In addition, production crew, pursuant to CalOSHA requirements, were required to be fully vaccinated or are testing (either PCR or antigen) twice per week.

The Emmys reached out to Public Health in advance to share their safety protocols, which exceeded the baseline requirements for television and film productions. Careful planning before large events is essential to assure that all health and safety requirements are adequately addressed. Full vaccination of all attendees is one of the most powerful ways to achieve a safe environment. Testing of event participants and crew and optimizng ventilation are additional powerful tools. Public Health will continue review the protocols of future large television production events and prescribe additional safety modifications to mitigate risk of COVID-19 transmission.

As it was last night while watching the spectacle, the plebes were not amused.

Good question. If you accept the “Crypt Keeper” LADPH Director Barbara Ferrer’s little note, then you pretty much have disconnected your brain and become a trained seal.

And here’s a valid question: Why can’t these special protocols be used by average people for their child’s wedding, a funeral, or other programs that involve large groups?

Really, the gist of it is, “You’re just not that special,” and if you think you are, try entering a venue without a mask, proof of vaccination, or a test, and she how quickly you’re shown the door.

These unelected bureaucrats and Democrat politicians are doing their best to create that Marxist class system they so love. It’s time to push back with our dollars and our feet.