Awards shows have transformed in recent years from celebrations of achievement in film, television and music to political rants interspersed with awards presentations and conservative bashing. This has especially been true since President Trump was elected.
But, would the 2018 Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars, be any different? That was the question leading up to the much-anticipated annual event. And the short answer is: A resounding “no.”
The 90th Academy Awards could have been a meaningful milestone. The beautiful location and stage could have made for a picture-perfect event. And although Hollywood celebrities were all decked out in fancy attire, on the inside, in their hearts, minds and attitudes, they were not nearly as glamorous or glitzy,
The annual awards ceremony took place on March 4, and it was hosted yet again by Jimmy Kimmel. He’s not exactly very chummy with Trump, as he regularly uses humor to mock the president on his late-night daily talk show.
Sunday night was no different. Kimmel freely bashed Trump, as well as Vice President Mike Pence, every time he could. His attacks and negativity started soon after the show began. At one point, he made a snide comment about Trump disliking someone from Kenya and Mexico. That was clearly a reference to the imagined opinion that Trump is anti-immigrant (despite the president being married to one). There were other mean-spirited comments by award presenters too. Overall, the show was very biased against conservatives as well as traditional values and principles.
The New York Times had said before the Oscars that the people who ran the show were concerned: “Whenever stars use the platform to support progressive causes and make political statements, large numbers of viewers turn the channel, according to Academy insiders, who cite minute-by-minute Nielsen data for past shows.”
Sure enough, the ratings for this year’s Oscars were quite bad. There were significantly fewer viewers than there were for last year’s event. Even a milestone like the 90th Oscars wasn’t enough to entice viewers to tune in rather than doing something else. Who knows, maybe cat videos on Youtube or a run-of-the-mill basketball game on another channel was more appealing. For Americans who don’t enjoy hearing their viewpoints and elected officials being attacked, even sitting in silence was undoubtedly better than tuning in to yet another politically charged event posing as an awards show.
More and more Americans are fed up with the political statements frequently interspersed during a show that is supposed to be about achievement in film or some other creative field. Surely, the people who run the awards shows, from the top leadership on down, must know that when they unabashedly include political commentary and criticism, they are alienating a large percentage of Americans. The same goes for the Grammy Awards, which also included anti-Trump commentary, as well as the various other awards shows like the Golden Globes and Emmys. The result? Grammy viewership reached an all-time low this year. That can’t be a coincidence.
And the anti-conservative and anti-Trump rhetoric are not just affecting awards shows. The blatant bias and hatred are reaching far and wide to other televised events like NFL games and the Olympics. NFL ratings went down by 10 percent during the 2017-2018 season. Ratings for the recent Winter Olympics were down by 7 percent. Those are both significant drops.
So for anyone who missed this year’s Oscars, the message is “Don’t worry; you didn’t miss much.”
~ Conservative Zone