RNs Spoil the Oscar Party for Gov. Schwarzenegger Variety Ad Today Follows Air Protest and Party Spoof
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 28, 2005--Oscar night, and the morning after, may not bring back the most cherished memories for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Continuing a series of actions to challenge the governor's attack on RNs, hospital patient safety standards, and a record of non-stop corporate fundraising, the California Nurses Association conducted a series of events that concluded today with a full ad on the inside cover of Hollywood's largest trade paper, Variety.
Additionally, Monday, Time magazine featured a full page article on the ongoing RN protests against the governor, in a story that opened, "Perhaps someone should have warned Arnold Schwarzenegger that nurses are no pushovers."
On Sunday, the RNs, joined by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, sponsored airplanes flying over the Academy Award festivities. The evening concluded an RN political theater and protest performance outside the gala Vanity Fair party that apparently stymied the governor's plans to arrive at the party and join his fellow celebrities in a walk up the red carpet. Observers on the scene reported that the governor was on route to the party, but aborted his plans on word of the protest.
The ad, appearing directly across from Variety's reportage on the Oscar winners reminds Variety readers and Gov. Schwarzenegger's friends in the Hollywood community about the governor's decision to brand nurses as "special interests" while raising more political cash from corporate donors than any politician in California history. In exchange the ad noted, "as soon as he got to Sacramento, the Governor put vital health policy up for sale. Generous corporations are cashing in big time."
On Sunday, as celebrants arrived for the Oscar telecast, an "Air Arnold," plane flew overhead trailing a banner reading, "Bad Actors Make Worse Governors."
At the Vanity Fair party, as a host of celebrities arrived for the post-Oscar celebration, a limo drove up with six performers in Arnold Schwarzenegger masks. Each climbed out to be greeted by an aging Hollywood "star" presenting "Arnold money" symbolizing public funds that she suggested he pass directly to his corporate executive friends and donors in the pharmaceutical, hospital, energy, car dealer, and film industries.
Concurrently, a crowd of six dozen RN protests showered jeers on the mock performers, while an "Air Arnold" plane flew overhead streaming lighted banners reading, "It's No Party for Nurses, Teachers and Students," and "Governor, Stop the Fundraising -- the People."