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Sundance Risktakers: Altman, Kushner and Starbucks Exec(?!)

by Anthony Kaufman
May 28, 2005 7:56 AM
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The Sundance Institute just sent me an email about their annual Risk-takers Gala Benefit, which happened over a month ago. I wouldn't mention it here except for the embarassingly corporate kiss-ass inclusion of Starbucks Chief Global Strategist Howard Schultz as one of their "risk takers" for, what the press release calls, business decisions that "are inclusive of artists, music and technology." Oh yeah, and giving gobs of money to Sundance. Ironic that there's no mention of the fact that Starbucks is a predatory multinational corporation that has destroyed cultural diversity, resisted unionizing and contributed to the mallification of the world. Now that's risky!

I wonder how Robert Altman and Tony Kushner felt about joining the stage with the Starbucks CEO. Either way, my main reason for highlighting this email was Kushner's acceptance speech--a funny, political, and illuminating rant that is available here. My favorite bit is this:

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