When Hollywood Meets Reality: Baltimore Drug Dealers Try To Extort TV Show.
Put me down as being willing to move commitments and fly to Baltimore, Maryland tomorrow to defend two alleged drug dealers who allegedly attempted to extort Natalie Portman’s latest show “Lady In The Lake” as it was being filmed in their territory. The defense is perfect. They were engaged in an impromptu audition for parts in the show. Hollywood is just too intolerant to offer authentic street warriors a way out of the hood and onto the big screen.
Portman’s latest show is based on Laura Lippman’s novel “Lady in the Lake,” which chronicles a journalist’s effort to investigate a Baltimore murder in the 1960s. Ms. Portman found her antagonists the hard way though.
Allegedly, the two men who local police identify as drug dealers threatened one of the show’s drivers with guns before fleeing on Friday. They demanded $50,000 to permit the show’s production to continue in their territory or they would shoot up the set. I guess someone didn’t tell them that they could have hired Alec Baldwin to do that for them without getting arrested.
Hollywood, however, has no street cred as the show’s producers quickly retreated from the contested turf and found a new location to film. What makes me laugh even more is that one of the show’s actors, Lupita Nyong’o, is supposed to be playing a black working woman dedicated to advancing Baltimore’s “Black Progressive” agenda Somehow, the producers didn’t trust sending her out to negotiate a woke resolution to the incident. How much longer until she issues a statement blaming the incident on “white privilege” and “institutional racism?
Either way, Portman and Nyong’o are running scared – doubtlessly unlike their characters in the show. Here’s to the two alleged dealers for their moxy regarding the audition!