Actors and filmmakers who attended Sunday's Oscars took aim at law enforcement on stage and on the red carpet, even though the event was being safeguarded by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and other agencies.
Actress Regina King began the police-related commentary at the start of the ceremony.
"It has been quite a year and we are still smack-dab in the middle of it. We are mourning the loss of so many and, I have to be honest, if things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis, I might have traded in my heels for marching boots," King said.
Co-director Travon Free echoed King's statement while accepting an award.
"Today the police will kill three people, and tomorrow the police will kill three people, and the day after that the police will kill three people," Free said.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League's Board of Directors responded to the anti-police speeches, saying that more than 450 people have been shot in L.A. in 2021 so far as the "overwhelming number of those shooting victims were young Black and Hispanic men."
"Yet no one heard about this carnage at last night's Oscar production," a statement from the board of directors said. "There won't be any protests or social media generated from the red-carpet walking movie stars about homicides and shootings exploding in virtually every big city in the nation, rather, just more blame directed at police officers, because it must be their fault. There isn't a mirror big enough for Hollywood's self-appointed moral standard-bearers to look into and question their contribution to the glorification of guns, drugs, and crime."
Others took to Twitter during the ceremony to criticize the anti-law enforcement statements.