Positions on Cheap/Affordable Alcohol Reveal Hollywood Property Owners Alliance to be Hypocritical, Insane, or (Most LIkely) Both

The Hollywood Property Owners Alliance arguing with itself about alcohol.  The moral?  The rich are connoisseurs of fine spirits who appreciate a bargain.  The poor are going to jail.
The Hollywood Property Owners Alliance arguing with itself about alcohol. The moral? The rich are connoisseurs of fine spirits who appreciate a bargain. The poor are going to jail.
Look! The Hollywood Property Owners Alliance loves “affordable” “booze”!! For instance, there’s a new bar in Hollywood:

Whiskey Blu, located at 1714 N. Las Palmas, advertises $2 beer, including Pabst, Budweiser, and Coors as well as $5 shots of Makers Mark, Bullit, Crown, Jim Beam and more. … Whiskey Blu has stepped up to serve those who enjoy a nice, affordable drink.

And look again! Another bar closed down but now it’s back:

For several years, Dillon’s Irish Pub & Grill was a hub for sports fans, tourists and nightlife at the famed intersection of Hollywood and Vine. Known for its $3 beers…

And look again again!

For those who love a little booze and music, Hollywood & Highland’s summer series, Wine & Jazz, does not disappoint!

Ah, but Kerry Morrison doesn’t love it so much.

Jesus Christ giving away wine to those "who love a little booze" and not being arrested by the BID patrol.  It must be "affordable" rather than "cheap"
Jesus Christ giving away wine to those “who love a little booze” and not being arrested by the BID patrol. That wine must be “affordable” rather than “cheap”

In this same newsletter, she frets about giving money to panhandlers and, surprise, decides not to “Because I have good evidence that this cash is being used for alcohol or drugs.” In fact, says Kerry, “there are plenty of businesses that sell very cheap liquor. By cheap liquor, we are talking single-cans of beer that might sell for less than two dollars, or small flasks of vodka that sell for less than three dollars.” Yes, plenty of businesses, like Whiskey Blu, promoted by the BID, which sells single cans of beer for $2.

In another issue of the newsletter you can read the disturbing story of how the BID pressures legally operated businesses to stop selling “cheap alcohol.” They didn’t mention Whiskey Blu there, though, let alone the worst offender in the entire city. And who is that? Why, Trader Joe’s, of course.

Trader Joe's in Hollywood imitating Christ by making affordable wine available to all!
Trader Joe’s in Hollywood imitating Christ by making affordable wine available to all!

The BID loves them some Trader Joe’s, where you can get not just a small flask of vodka for under $3, but an entire bottle of 12.5% wine for $2.49. Oh, but that’s not cheap wine, that’s “affordable.” A whole different story. This kind of doublethink is hypocrisy if done consciously, otherwise it’s disassociative personality disorder. We kind of think it’s both. Super-depressing…we need a affordable cheap drink!


Screenshot from Magic, starring Anthony Hopkins as the HPOA, appears here under a claim of fair use. The picture of Jesus giving wine to already-drunk people is in the public domain cause it’s so gosh-darn old, and we got our copy from the Wikimedia Foundation here. Image of TJ is ©2014 MichaelKohlhaas.org.

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