December 3, 2022

Alec Baldwin on the television show El Hormiguero. (Photo: El Hormiguero/Flickr)

Rose McGowan Suit Tossed; Calif mask hypocrites


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Matt Hutchins, the widower of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has moved ahead with a wrongful death lawsuit against Alec Baldwin and others involved with the film. The news is welcome for people who have felt increasingly put off by Baldwin’s odd mix of insouciance, self-pity, and a tendency to try to shift the blame to others on the set a film of which Baldwin, as executive producer, was the master of all moving parts. As of press time, Baldwin had just returned to work on the U.K. set of a forthcoming movie.

During the widely covered news conference on Tuesday, attorneys for Matt Hutchins made a number of points. The Los Angeles Times quotes attorney Brian Panish stating, “There are many people culpable, but Mr. Baldwin was the person holding the weapon.”

Ditching the Vaccine Passport

Rose McGowan at the Toronto International Film Festival 2008. (Photo: Gordon Correll)

Amid mounting public frustration and Covid-19 weariness, not to mention the trucker protests that have convulsed Ottawa and made headlines around the world, Quebec’s health minister, Christian Dubé, announced on Tuesday that the province will soon do away with the vaccine passports that have been necessary to shop and dine in public and have made life during the pandemic even more trying and difficult for millions of people. The Montreal Gazette quoted the health minister saying that he has taken this step because it makes sense to do so now, given the Covid-19 numbers and the state of public health in the province, and not simply in response to political pressures.

Sorry, Rose

For fans of film star Rose McGowan and sympathizers with #MeToo, it must be highly frustrating to learn that a federal judge has thrown out McGowan’s lawsuit alleging that Harvey Weinstein engaged in a pattern of behavior that crossed the line into racketeering in his efforts to keep her quiet about his unwanted sexual advances.

According to an Associated Press story by Andrew Dalton on February 14, federal judge Otis D. Wright II tossed out the suit on a technicality, noting that McGowan had failed to meet filing deadlines even though the court had extended the deadlines in an effort to accommodate her.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, January 2019. (Kevin Sanders for The Media Globe)

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Do progressives really wear masks and socially distance when they have any choice in the matter? Evan Symon carries on his excellent coverage of the California political scene with a February 14 piece in the California Globe on the flouting of Covid-19 rules and protocols by members of the very political elite that has been so self-righteous about enforcing such rules.

The article details how, at Super Bowl LVI which took place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sunday, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti was one of a number of public officials and celebrities captured on video as they freely ignored mask and social distancing protocols. Charlize Theron and Sean Penn also make notable appearances in the video, which has received more than 1.4 million views.