Just days before the Academy Awards ceremony is set to be held, a self-proclaimed conservative provocateur known by the name of Sabo took aim at the leftists in Hollywood. This is the first Academy Awards ceremony to be held since allegations of rampant sexual harassment, assault, rape, and even pedophilia emerged giving rise to the #MeToo movement.
Sabo is making his bold statement just a few miles away from the Dolby Theater while giving a nod to the seven times Oscar-nominated Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri– a movie that tells the story of a mother seeking accountability for her daughter’s rape and murder after local law enforcement fail to solve the crime.
In the movie the mother purchases three different billboards that convey a very pointed message reading –
“RAPED WHILE DYING”
“AND STILL NO ARRESTS?”
“HOW COME CHIEF WILLOUGHBY?”
Using a similar format of black text on a field of red, the street artist hijacked three separate billboards in Hollywood to deliver his stinging message to Hollywood predators. Sabo’s version reads –
“AND THE OSCAR FOR BIGGEST PEDOPHILE GOES TO…”
“WE ALL KNEW AND STILL NO ARRESTS”
“NAME NAMES ON STAGE OR SHUT THE HELL UP!”
According to the Hollywood Reporter –
“Until the artist, who goes by the name Sabo, took over the signage early Wednesday, the billboards were legitimate advertisements. Sabo manufactured fake overlays measuring as large as 48 feet across by 14 feet high and hired a crew of six men to help with installation, he told The Hollywood Reporter.
The first of the three massive signs appeared near the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in Hollywood and another was a few hundred yards north. Still another appeared a few hundred yards from that one, mimicking the arrangement in the film, where three signs appeared in a row alongside a highway.
Sabo has posted faux ads attacking Hollywood on other occasions, but he said he considers the hijacking of three giant billboards on a single day his largest mission yet. The last time he took over a billboard was in November when he altered a sign for The Greatest Showman to make it appear like Sen. Al Franken was grabbing at Zendaya, who starred as a trapeze artist in the movie.
Franken, a former Saturday Night Live actor, has since resigned from the Senate amid allegations that he sexually harassed women, and nearly 100 other men in the entertainment industry also have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct since claims were made against Harvey Weinstein nearly five months ago.
Sabo says his signage is meant to criticize those who allegedly enabled sexual harassment with their silence, and to tell celebrities they should refrain from preaching during their Oscar acceptance speeches — for this one year, at least.
Three Billboards, the movie, is considered a frontrunner for best picture at Sunday’s Oscars, which will be held at the Dolby Theatre a few miles from where Sabo took over the three signs Wednesday.
Actors like Corey Feldman have long warned of the predatory, and even pedophilic nature of Hollywood. He has been scoffed at and dismissed for years most notably by longtime news personality Barbara Walters who dismissed Felman’s claims, admonishing him instead, stating “You’re damaging an entire industry.”
To his credit, Feldman has not been silent, unlike much of the rest of Hollywood. Instead, Feldman went public and revealed several of his accused abusers last year, citing John Grissom, former talent manager Marty Weiss, and Alphy Hoffman, who was the son of a high-power producer. Hoffman ran the trendy Soda Pop Club in the 1980s and Feldman claims rampant harassment and assaults took place at the club during that time.
Feldman states there were a total of six abusers in all, noting one is still an A-list actor who wields a considerable amount of influence. Feldman has also indicated a fear that this actor might have him killed should Feldman choose to name him. He also states his best friend and fellow child star, Corey Haim received even worse abuse than he did. Haim eventually committed suicide as a result of addiction issues he used to deal with the abuse.
Feldman appeared on Nightline in 2011 and said of Hollywood – “The No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia…that’s the biggest problem for children in this industry… It’s the big secret.””
Last year at the height of the controversy surrounding the rampant sexual abuse in Hollywood, a documentary was made called An Open Secret that detailed significant child abuse in the industry. The creators of the movie failed to obtain distributors or wide release and simply posted the film online for free feeling its message was too important. However, as many already know and has Feldman has repeatedly stated the abuse was widely known and swept under the rug.
It seems the industry’s unwillingness to acknowledge or even address the problem has done a significant amount more damage than Feldman’s refusal to be silent ever could. The refusal to expose the disgusting animals that prey on those weaker than themselves is in and of itself a form of evil. God will not hold them blameless for their silence as silence in the face of evil is complicity. Not to act is to speak, choosing not to act is in itself an action.
Many feel the #metoo movement is simply many speaking up NOW because it is now “safe” to do so whereby their very silence allowed this repulsive disgusting and outright repugnant behavior to continue. Allowing others to continue to be victimized and those that chose to speak out to be villainized and ostracized for daring to speak up. They had the power to speak up and to stop this long ago. They chose their careers and fame instead. Yet now they proclaim to one and all how they must live and how they believe in using their platforms to speak on any number of issues they deem in important, such as abortion, free birth control, gun control, feminism, animal rights, environmental issues, and many others. Yet when it was TRULY and FUNDAMENTALLY VITAL to someone’s innocence, health, wellbeing, and literal survival, they chose to remain silent.
That silence has spoken louder than any #metoo movement ever could. It seems Sabo heard their silence loud and clear and is refusing to allow their crimes to go unanswered and unaccounted for.