Pro-Lifers Burned With Spotlights Protesting Abortion at Jimmy Kimmel Studio
by Steven Ertelt
July 1, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A group of pro-life advocates who decided to protest abortion at the Hollywood studio of television talk show host Jimmy Kimmel were met with high intensity commercial spotlights. Members of Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust led a demonstration holding pro-life signs and sharing their message to Kimmel.
Members of Kimmel’s crew reportedly responded by hurling insults and taunts at young people standing on the public sidewalk in Hollywood.
After the Survivors members refused to leave, members of the crew turned these powerful spotlights on the teenagers in an attempt to get them to leave the sidewalk.
Ryan Bueler was one of the people holding the signs and he was in an area where a light crew had stationed themselves to spot a stunt scheduled to happen later that afternoon by the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.
The Kimmel crew "assaulted" Bueler, the group says, by turning two spotlights on him from only a few feet away.
Bueler, who estimates that he was under the lights for around 15 minutes, did not sustain threatening or serious injuries; however, his skin was noticeably darker on the areas where the lights hit. The heat from the lights was hot enough to partially melt Bueler’s bracelet and the sign he was holding.
Despite being on scene and shown video footage of the occurrence, LAPD did not arrest any members of the light crew.
Bueler was just glad to see that the pro-life message was being spread to the crowd.
"It was worth it just to see fifty people praying on Hollywood Boulevard," Bueler said after the event, referring to the attention that the event garnered, which was spurred on by efforts — utilizing a bullhorn — to inform bystanders of what had happened.
The pro-life advocates sent a letter to Kimmel asking for a public apology for what it terms an outrageous crushing of the First Amendment and pleading with him to embrace free speech.
"One of the most cherished values we hold as Americans is the right to express our views in the public square from persecution and intimidation. Sadly, the production crew of Jimmy Kimmel Live crushed and trampled those values last week," spokeswoman Timmerie Millington said.
"It is outrageous and a disgrace that anyone would purposely burn teenagers with high intensity commercial spotlights just because of their belief that abortion is the killing of innocent children," she told LifeNews.com. "We are coming to Mr. Kimmel’s home to stand for free speech and civil liberties and ask him to publicly apologize for the hateful actions of his crews."
"Jimmy, we realize you are a comedian but burning young people and crushing the First Amendment is not funny," she added.
The group responded with a protest at Kimmel’s home yesterday and planned another protest at Kimmel’s studio today.
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