A comment and my response from the blog Hieroglyphics And Opinions of 4-6-14 that I’m going to expand a little on.
“off topic Rezinate, did you know that Robert Redford is going to petition Obama to release Peltier?
interview done April 4/14
“I had heard something to that effect not long ago but hadn’t followed up to verify it – thanks for the link.
I guess a person could look at this petition in a couple of different ways:
One being that sustaining the same position is easier than admitting to
having been duped into believing the Mr.X fairytale to the extent that it was included in Incident at Oglala and then failing to making a comparable effort to admit and edit the “mistake”.
Personally I think Redford has starred in a some good films, but on a personal level my opinion is tempered by this lack of willingness to set the record straight.
Secondly, if he’s a true believer so be it, but I always find it contradictory when a “celebrity” uses their status to selectively advocate for an individual or a cause.
Case in point? I don’t believe Redford, Glover, or Coyote have ever despite their advocacy for human or civil rights addressed the murder of Perry Ray Robinson Jr., called for an investigation and donated their time or resources to that end – and for sure they don’t want to go anywhere near Peltier’s interrogation of Annie at gunpoint or her subsequent murder that followed not long after.
Of interest to me was Redford’s frequent qualification that he wasn’t speaking to guilt or innocence, and I give him credit for not beating the innocent man drum.
That is the approach that has emerged over the years as more came to light, a dropping of the “innocent man” to judicial error.
Redford attempts to validate his position in saying two co defendants
tried in Peltier’s absence while he was on the run were found innocent
while failing to acknowledge the controversy of the presiding judge and family members who were so biased in favor of AIM as to have at least one leadership member in their home on at least one occasion and the wife and daughters efforts on behalf of AIM….that qualifies as an egregious judicial misconduct – misconduct the AIM/Peltier faction would rather eat their shoe than address.
Truth is a “celebrities” opinion from top to bottom has no more importance to me than anyone else’s…they of course probably think that or less of mine and I’m okay with that.
I value the opinions of a great a many people, but not a one I can think of predicated on celebrity.
Money and notoriety in and of themselves denote nothing when it comes to the truth.”
I can’t speak to Redford’s motivation, what’s in his heart or a level of sincerity, what I can do is offer my opinion, and that is if he is sincere in his efforts related to Peltier he is grossly misinformed and reading from a script that smacks of a Hollywood penchant to align with the wrong causes.
In his radio cast Redford states he has visited Peltier once, in 1980 – that’s 34 years ago. Now I don’t know what Redford has done on the backside but I’m not impressed with a single visit in 34 years to a man you claim to have made a lasting impression on you.
Peltier isn’t a political prisoner, no more than he is representative of who we are as a people, he’s a commodity that’s been created and marketed in main part to divert attention away from the bigger fish of AIM.
Having learned from experience his handlers protect him by controlling who has access-who can do the interviews. Whether parole board hearing transcripts or disciplinary records are made available.
They learned the hard way that if left to his own devices he will invariably stick his jackass hoof in his mouth and then the damage control squad has to be activated.
When Hollywood celebrities attempt to go ndn it never quite works – it didn’t for Depp in his portrayal of Tonto and sudden concern for the nations, and it does even less for Redford – they both need to put away the toy bow and arrow sets they found under the tree when children and get back to whatever else it is they do.
Celebrities like Redford and those mentioned in my initial comment may have the freedom to add lib, come up with some improvization on the set, they apparently feel they have the same entitlement in the real world, an entitlement that allows them to ignore what they believe detracts from the scene – but this ain’t Hollywood, this is reality, and they need to differentiate between the two.
Ultimately if “Bob” and “Johnny” really give a rip about the nations, about justice for us, they need to put away the costumes, wipe the makeup from their face and offer a word for Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, Perry Ray Robinson Jr., and AIM’s other victims…either that or stick to what they get paid for…..acting.