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September 26, 2009

Motion Picture Hospital

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Richard Stellar September 26 at 10:26am Reply
I watched a movie last night that affected me deeply: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. It’s a story told through a young boy’s eyes about the holocaust, and in particular a relationship between the boy and another his age that is separated by barbed wire. It shows the family dynamic as they boy’s father is commandant of a concentration camp who has not been on the up and up with his wife and children. Their discovery of what goes on at ‘the farm’ works to tear the family apart as the realization that the father, who in any other situation would be a great man, has turned away from sanity in order to serve the Third Reich.

We had an occurrence at the Motion Picture Home on Thursday of this week that should send a shiver down your spine. This is how bad it is getting.

Daniel Quinn, one of the leading voices of our campaign to stop the closure of the Long Term Care unit was apprehended by the police as he tried to gain entry to a resident’s meeting on his mother’s behalf. I’m talking the police – LAPD.

In a scene out of Schindler’s List – Daniel was separated from his mother by the social workers as he was led away by the LAPD to an anteroom and threatened with arrest.

You can imagine how his mother felt.

Roger Ebert had a great quote that was attributed to the movie Boy in the Striped Pajamas that is so appropriate for what is happening at the MPTF:

“Whenever loyalty to the enterprise becomes more important than simple morality, you will find evil functioning smoothly.”

Men of sanity and stature whose loyalty to the enterprise makes them turn their back on humanity. Familiar? You get the picture.

We are dealing with the Enron of healthcare centers. Like Enron, we hope to see the heirarchy that is ruining motion picture and television healthcare leave. At least I do. I speak for myself in all of these messages to you.

Keep up the fight. We’ve only begun. Please tell your friends about our facebook group and urge them to join us.

Best,

Richard

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