Actually after 9/11, Hollywood and the “Great White Way” has become just about irrelevant which accounts for much of their present demeanor insisting that their Mt. Olympus status return to what it was.
I lived at the time in area where a major award ceremony was scheduled, it was deferrred due to 9/11 - for three months you couldn’t rent a bodyguard, a limo, a driver and the karate school grads were freeelancing round the clock. Fancy gun shops were selling out. No one went to the usual restaurants, hotels or threw public gatherings in the “gollywood” crowd. They literally went to “ground” even for the most inocuous things. It seemed as one reporter wrote that every goll darned one of’em believed that the entire terrorist movement was going to show up at their Malibu or Canyon homes and take hostages.
The Awards people vainly tried to get presenters, speechifiers, etc. Not a one of them would do anything public. Finally, they got it together and a “dress down” awards was held. More cops than the Annual Policeman’s Ball, more private security than the Prez, and the opening line of the Master of Ceremonies (a virtual unknown from some association since no one else would do it) was “well we’re all here tonight to show “them” we are not afraid.”
I fell on the floor laughing. And then they all left with visibly armed protection, into their dark glassed limos and went to wherever they go…"
Whatta bunch - you gotta laugh. And today we find that Sharon Stone was invited to Davos and offered $10K in aid and “dared” her well heeled audience of international power brokers and bureaucrats to match her - well way to go I guess. That’s what I call a serious meeting - Sharon Stone as the guest of honor. Gimme a break.