This story is too delicious to put into words. We are going to try our best to do it justice anyway. The rich and famous of the world love to act as if they care about the struggles of those who are less fortunate. The cynics among us knew that they would change their tune as soon as the protests became something that they would have to deal with.
It’s very easy to act like you’re down with the struggle when you’re watching the protests from a safe distance on television. It’s not nearly as easy to do so when the protests are happening in your own backyard. What we have here is a classic case of NIMBY-ism run amok. Not In My Backyard, they say. Take the protests elsewhere, they say.
The protesters are now invading their space and they are terrified about being hauled out of their cushy lairs. The Beverly Hills residents are now banding together to push the protests out of their hair. An ordinance was passed, which bans any public gathering of 10 people or more. If these gatherings take place between 9 PM and 8 AM, the Karen types in Beverly Hills are going to calling the police as quickly as they can.
As a preemptive measure, Rodeo Drive was shut down to traffic to help prevent the possibility of violence and looting taking place in the luxury shopping area located nearby in Beverly Hills. However, protesters were still able to make their way inside on foot. Videos shared on social media showed protesters chanting, “No Justice, No Peace,” “Eat the Rich” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.”
Following the outbreak of violence, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that he would be implementing a curfew on Saturday afternoon. He tweeted, “We will always protect free speech and Angelenos’ right to live without fear of violence or vandalism. To increase safety for demonstrators, law enforcement, and all citizens of Los Angeles, we are putting a curfew in place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.”
However, before the curfew kicked in, the rally in Beverly Hills turned violent.
Just before 7 p.m. local time, the Gucci store on Rodeo Drive was looted. High-end stores up and down the street were vandalized.
We’d be willing to bet that the same people who were posting the black boxes on their Instagram pages were also voting in favor of the ordinance. Beverly Hills has made their stance clear. They are all for the protests, as long as they are not personally inconvenienced in any way. The protest groups were disrupting their sleep, so they had to go.
These are the same folks who would claim that they were standing in support of the protesters when asked. We are also not sure what they think they are accomplishing by passing this ordinance. The protesters are, by definition, breaking the rules. If they were supposed to be in the streets night after night like this, it would not be called a protest, would it?
Looting on Rodeo Drive now too. Gucci broken into. pic.twitter.com/1qbHnkfqA3
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) May 31, 2020
What are they going to do when the protests catch wind of this policy that is designed to keep them down? When Rodeo Drive gets vandalized, the bellyaching is going to go on for weeks. Little did they know that they were actually placing a massive target on their backs when they made this rule. The protesters probably weren’t even thinking about having a demonstration in Beverly Hills…..until now.
To preserve the peace and tranquility of residential neighborhoods, effective tonight and until further notice, no more than 10 people shall gather in an assembly in a public right of way in a residential area between the hours of 9 p.m. – 8 a.m. More: https://t.co/EVjLWqWgE5
— CityofBeverlyHills (@CityofBevHills) June 14, 2020
The ordinance is an emergency order and it remains in effect until further notice. Silent gatherings are still allowed, so it’s pretty obvious as to who they were trying to keep quiet. Private events and candlelight vigils are still considered to be okay but Beverly Hills residents should probably tread lightly. If anyone thinks that they are safe because they passed an ordinance, they are not paying attention to the news.
Rodeo Drive has already been targeted in the past and it’s not like passing a new ordinance is going to stop people from coming back. We highly doubt that they decided to consider the rule of law before they busted up the area the first time. Meanwhile, the celebrities are surely thinking up their next empty social media platitude to offer up to the people who are let down by this decision.
The Ariana Grande types out there want everyone to believe that the protests were peaceful and that they have been shut down for no reason. That’s what celebrities do. They grossly oversimplify complex issues, so that their fans can feel like they are on the right side of history with them. It makes for great entertainment but it doesn’t do much to help anyone’s cause.
hours and miles of peaceful protesting yesterday that got little to no coverage.
all throughout beverly hills and west hollywood we chanted, people beeped and cheered along.
we were passionate, we were loud, we were loving.
cover this too please. #BLACKLIVESMATTER https://t.co/vD90CEtF94 pic.twitter.com/GZ6uKDfPM7
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 31, 2020
Ariana Grande is one of the biggest artists in the world. Not only did she use her platform to express her anger and pain towards what’s going on she also participated in the streets with the rest of the protesters 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/XWgayEgfTV
— anth (@anthspears) May 31, 2020
Beverly Hills homeowners should have probably thought about all of this before they were willing to stand in solidarity with a cause that they do not even believe in. In the meantime, we are sure that they are going to find a way to pin all of the damages that are related to protests on white people. That will show ’em!