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A ring of steel has been put up around the venue for the 95th Oscars, which is set to take place on Sunday, after pro-Palestine protesters targeted other red carpet events.

Ring Of Steel Around Oscars

The New York Post reported that the area surrounding the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles has been blocked off with chainlink fencing in preparation for the Oscars.

The goal of this is to avoid a repeat of the recent Grammy Awards, when arrivals at L.A.’s Crypto.com Arena were stopped by pro-Palestinian supporters blocking traffic. The protesters then shared footage online with the hashtag #ShutItDown4Palestine, and the singer Annie Lennox used the event to call for a ceasefire during her tribute to Sinéad O’Connor.

“Artists for ceasefire! Peace in the world!” Lennox said after honoring O’Connor with a performance of her song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” according to CNN.

Lennox and 300 other artists sent a letter to President Joe Biden demanding that he call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

“We are here to lend our voices and our platforms to amplify the global call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, the safe return of all hostages, and the immediate delivery of humanitarian aid to the civilians in Gaza,” the letter read. “We stand for our common humanity, and a future rooted in freedom, justice, dignity and peace for all people. We cannot be silent. Compassion must prevail.”

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Academy Wants To Avoid Politics

The Academy is reportedly hoping to avoid politics during the awards show, and to instead focus on supporting and celebrating artists. Sources said that the Academy will not tolerate any behavior that actively endangers, discriminates or causes bodily harm to attendees or members of its global film community.

A spokesperson for the LAPD said that not only will there be “many of the LAPD’s 9,000 officers” on the scene at the Oscars, but also officials with the FBI and other federal agencies.

“We will deploy enough officers to ensure the safety of all the citizens and Oscar attendees. We hope for the best and are prepared for the worst,” the spokesperson added, according to iHeart.

The Oscars will air on ABC on Sunday night starting at 7pm EST, and it will be hosted by the comedian Jimmy Kimmel for the fourth time.

“I know how much work goes into [the Oscars], so I thought, ‘Yeah, I don’t necessarily want to do this ever again,’” he told the Los Angeles Times last month. “I am sitting in a movie theater watching Barbie and thinking, ‘Well, maybe I’ll do this again because at least I have a point of reference with everyone.’”

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Jill Biden Interrupted By Protesters

This comes after the First Lady Jill Biden was interrupted by pro-Palestinian protesters while speaking in Tucson, Arizona last Saturday. During her fourteen minute speech, Biden was interrupted four different times by the demonstrators, according to NBC News.

“It’s a genocide, Jill!” one of the protesters screamed as he was forcibly removed by security.

“When you’re talking about women’s issues, when you’re talking about women in office, and women in Gaza are having C-sections without anesthesia, watching their children pulled out of the rubble, starving to death … it’s absolutely shameful,” another protester said afterwards. “She should have seen it coming.”

This protester went on to admit to voting for Joe Biden in 2020, a decision that she is now “very ashamed of.”

This is exactly the kind of scene that the Oscars is now trying to avoid. It remains to be seen if the ring of steel will allow the Academy to be successful in this endeavor.

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