Prop 8, isn’t going away and in Hollywood is, people are starting to lose their jobs or leave their jobs over the matter. Today, Richard Raddon, has resigned his position as the director of the Los Angeles Film Fest due to his religion and his $1,500 donation to Yes on 8. He recently made a statement that completely contradicts his actions.
I feel honored to have worked with such a wonderful group of people at the Los Angeles Film Festival over the last nine years. I am proud of our accomplishments. And I am proud to have worked at Film Independent, an organization whose principles and values of diversity and artistic integrity I cherish. I have always held the belief that all people, no matter race, religion, or sexual orientation, are entitled to equal rights. As many know, I consider myself a devout and faithful Mormon. I prefer to keep the details around my contribution through my church a private matter. But I am profoundly sorry for the negative attention that my actions have drawn to Film Independent and for the hurt and pain that is being experienced in the GLBT community.
How can you support civil rights and Yes on Prop 8? I feel like this statement is complete PR bullshit. Although the Film Fest didn’t respond in a very “No on Prop 8″ kind of way. Instead of supporting the decision, last week they declined his resignation. Today they have just released this statement:
With great reluctance, Film Independent has accepted Richard Raddon’s resignation as Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival. Rich’s service to the independent film community and to Film Independent has been nothing less than extraordinary. He has always shown complete commitment to our core principles of equality and diversity during his long tenure. It was through his leadership that the Los Angeles Film Festival has grown into a formidable and exciting showcase for talented artists and diverse voices. We are sorry to see him go.
I’m confused. Is he for civil rights or isn’t he? If you’re for civil rights then why support Prop 8? If he’s not for civil rights then why is Film Fest supporting him? Is he that good at his job? Or is there something we don’t know?
And then why leave your position after they obviously want you to stay on board? What is compelling Raddon to leave? Protesters? Does anyone have ANY ideas what’s going on here? I’d love to hear it!