The city of Los Angeles is now being slammed after reports circulated that they purposefully cleared the homeless out of Union Station to make way for the Oscars to move to the new locale.
The annual awards show was forced to change venues due to Covid-19 restrictions.
As The Daily Wire reports:
The city of Los Angeles, California, is facing a backlash, Monday, amid reports it booted dozens of homeless people from the city’s Union Station — and even dismantled an existing homeless encampment — ahead of Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony.
The city also temporarily shut a COVID-19 testing site to accommodate the star-studded awards show, which took place Sunday night, in a hybrid in-person and online format, with celebrities attending in person seated at tables in a makeshift Art Deco ballroom located in Union’s Station’s main hall, rather than at the Dolby Theater, where the ceremony is typically held.
Union Station is a hotbed for homelessness, but city officials reportedly did not want the A-listers attending the relocated Oscars bothered by tents, panhandling, and drug use, according to LA’s Fox affiliate.
“On Sunday, the homeless people, many living in tents near the Union Station building in Downtown LA, were not seen anywhere near the area,” per news outlet Meaww. “According to FOX11, which talked to a person who lived on the street around the area, people like him were allegedly threatened and ordered to leave in the days leading up to the star-studded event.”