Blog closed

Thank you for visiting HollywoodEssays.com – it has been closed until further notice, however will remain a resource for the fight against Ben Urwand’s book The Collaboration. To see a complete list of the 30+ rebuttals, critical reviews and controversy coverage, click here.

5 comments on “Blog closed

  1. Hi Alicia,
    So disappointed hear your blog is closing! It was one of the best classic film blogs out there! Your pictures and posts were intriguing – seeing Old Hollywood through a family history perspective was fascinating!
    Good luck with everything and hopefully you will come back to the blogging again!

  2. As someone who treasures classic Hollywood history, I can vouch it made for good reading. Hope to hear from you again soon — and I welcome any future visits you may have to my site, “Carole & Co.”

  3. Hi, Alicia. Many of your friends and followers (and I think your daughter, as well) have contacted me on Twitter over the past 3 weeks or so on your behalf to express that your feelings were hurt as a result of our short exchange on Oscar night regarding the origin of Solomon Northup’s story. One has even suggested you left Twitter just this week as a result of our exchange from February. Because I blocked the conversation in the early morning after Oscar night, I was unaware that all this time you have still been dealing with this, though I have been receiving several rude comments from strangers in my mentions about it since then. I hate to post this on your public blog, but I wasn’t sure how to contact you otherwise. I just wanted to share that it was never my intention to hurt your feelings. That night, I wanted to share with you only that Solomon Northup wrote his own story in the same year he was released from slavery (which is a such a big and commendable deal) and I also wanted to share with you the very, very long history that exists of whitewashing the stories, pain and achievement of Black people, across the Diaspora, in slavery or otherwise, that happen both intentionally and unintentionally. Because so many people had retweeted in my timeline your tweet about the NYT article being the origin of Solomon’s story, I asked that a correction be made, without prior knowledge of you. I was never, ever angry with you or about the situation, so I was surprised by the characterization of “angry,” but still never angry. Communicating via 140 characters (and with strangers, no less) may make it difficult to get a clear picture of intentions. I do wish our interaction had ended on a positive note, with empowerment through knowledge of history being the focus. I hope that your friend is mistaken and that you didn’t really leave Twitter over this. But in case she/he? is not mistaken, I hope you’ll accept my apology. Looking at your work, it’s clear we both share a passion for history, and I wish you the best of luck with your work on Urwand and future endeavors. Please reach out if you’d like to talk further, but I understand if you do not.

    • Dear Brooke, thank you very much for your apology. It is very meaningful to me. Yes, your characterization of me as a “racist” was incredibly painful and untrue, and it knocked me emotionally for many days. From my end, your tweets about the news snippet seemed angry and that is why I acknowledged it as such, and apologized to you and promised to tweet correcting information the next day. There was truly no agenda to this – just outright, “Hey, I got this wrong. Relied on bad info; didn’t double-check. Let me fix it.” But your response was like a punch to the gut and it stunned me for days. I found it almost impossible to go back to Twitter and when I finally did I was on for just a day when I received two very offensive anti-Semitic comments to my blog attacking my family. This was the proverbial last straw and I decided to leave public life. I closed Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. I removed all but the Urwand articles (I had dozens of essays here) but then reinstated a handful yesterday. Several of my friends said I need to grow a thick skin, to let the accusations roll off my back, and maybe this is true. But I’d rather be the person who cares if they are called a racist. And of course, regarding the other comments I received, I will always fight against anti-Semitism because it IS racism. What kept playing over and over in my head is that I know if you put two people in a room, they usually find they have more in common than they have differences. Right now, I am trying to find equilibrium. I had many wonderful friends on Twitter and I miss them. But I hope to use this time away productively. Brooke, I wish you well. If we were in the same city it would be wonderful to meet, have a cup of tea or a glass of wine and laugh til we cried… Alicia

      (By the way, the woman behind the anti-Semitic comments has also apologized, which was utterly unexpected. It has been a very emotional few days!)

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