To the Editor:
As a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and I always thought that if I didn’t vote for someone based on artistic merit because of their political opinions it would be a terrible thing to do. So, when I do vote for someone based on their artistic merit, and they express their political views at the ceremony, I strongly feel they’re taking advantage of my vote and that’s a terrible thing to do.
I know somebody will say, “How about free speech?” Sorry, it’s not free speech — I paid for it with my vote.
I also am a member of the Television Academy and voting for the Emmy Awards is approaching. I hope the winners will not use their victory to air their own political views — once again taking advantage of my vote.
Sixty-five years ago, my father told me there’s a time and place for everything. That philosophy still holds true.