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Politics Make Hollywood and the Oscars Boring

Politics Make Hollywood and the Oscars Boring

Jordan Horowitz holds up the envelope, showing "Moonlight" as the actual winner of the award for best picture at the Oscars, this past Sunday, Feb. 26, 2016. (Chris Pizzello/AP)   

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 03:49 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Protest! He was robbed!

The Oscar for most outstanding performance should have gone to Vladimir Putin, for it could only have been the Russians who hacked the Academy Awards ceremony.

There seems no other explanation, since even Hollywood’s most creative minds — if there are any left — couldn’t script a more drama-filled ending to this year’s gala event.

First the election. Now the Oscars. Makes you wonder if Putin was exerting mind control over the Atlanta Falcons as they gave away the Super Bowl.

Russians aside, there were lots of salient points to emerge from the Oscars, most of which are being missed.


  • While the entertainment industry fawns over winner Viola Davis for her "earth shaking" speech, the rest of America was left wondering what planet she inhabits, saying, "We are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life."
  • Oh. I guess that means the rest of us can just die now, since we have no idea how to "live a life." Which, therefore, must mean that teachers don’t teach our students how to learn. Parents don’t guide their children. Coaches don’t inspire players. Police don’t instruct. Donors don’t save lives. Mentors don’t motivate. Doctors don’t heal. And, clergy don’t impart the wisdom that there are greater things in this world than just ourselves. Got it. It’s that kind of aloofness that makes actors' off-screen comments of such little value.
  • Hollywood hasn’t learned that people don’t watch the Oscars to see actors take shots at the president. The more that actors politicize, the more their credibility diminishes. It’s grown old. Seems Hollywood has forgotten the golden rule of entertainment: You can love me or hate me. Just don’t bore me.
  • Ditto for the president, who just couldn’t help himself from blasting actors. When, if ever, is he going to realize that he is president of the United States? The most powerful man in the world needs a thick skin so that disparagement becomes spitballs off a battleship, keen ears to hear valid points — and a discerning mind to keep focused on the real business at hand.
  • Speaking of acting, it seems we have some snowflakes masquerading as Trump supporters. Snowflakes (the unflattering term for easily-offended, protest-everything, overly-coddled, delicate ego individuals) refers to anti-Trumpers. However, it seems they are being matched by some of the president’s ardent backers. The right’s most recent dissent was protesting the Oscars because a few jokes would be made at their leader’s expense. 
  • Talk about protesting for the sake of protesting, and trying to validate your self-worth by how many "Likes" your social media post gets from same 50 people in your red meat crowd.
  • Newsflash! Hollywood is liberal. Since that’s no surprise, what are you protesting? It’s not like the Oscars will go off the air, so what’s the point outside of giving yourself an inflated self-worth via the social media echo chamber? But given that President Trump is boycotting the White House Correspondents Dinner, it’s no wonder his supporters follow suit. Who said no two snowflakes are alike?
  • Finally, we have the effect of reverse discrimination on merit.

Was "Moonlight" truly deserving of its win? Were its artistic merits clearly superior?
We don’t really know. And that’s the problem.

The Academy got bullied into become more diverse, inclusive, and, tolerant.

Translation. Judging on merit has slipped, with some winners now being chosen on the basis of skin color and gender.

And that cheapens it for everybody.

Now a pall hangs over "Moonlight," as its cast and crew are left wondering if it really was the best. This is not a crazy question.

Conversely, the cast of "La La Land" is undoubtedly questioning if they were snubbed, losing their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at perfection due to the Academy’s new diversity policy. And that is precisely why  diversity policies are eat away at relationships and kill trust. Rather than uniting, they rip humans apart, pitting colleagues, neighbors and friends against one other — with each side brandishing a cynical eye.

If Hollywood wants to live happily-ever-after, it needs to stop living in a fairy tale.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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Hollywood hasn’t learned that people don’t watch the Oscars to see actors take shots at the president. The more that actors politicize, the more their credibility diminishes. Seems Hollywood has forgotten the golden rule of entertainment, don’t bore me.
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