Few were shocked on Sunday when the 90th Academy Awards ceremony turned into yet another Trump-bashing, left-wing politics fest. It was as clear as crystal as soon as Jimmy Kimmel was announced as the host again; Kimmel has become the unofficial comedic mouthpiece of the Democratic Party, tearing up on his late-night talk show every time he needs a bump in the ratings. Now he’s apparently becoming the 21st century’s answer to Billy Crystal, proving that things tend to get worse over time.
The political remarks and jokes flew fast and furious throughout the long, long night.
“None other than President Trump called Get Out the best first three-quarters of a movie this year,” Kimmel said, suggesting not-so-subtly that the president is a racist.
“We don’t make films like Call Me By Your Name for money,” he quipped. “We make them to upset Mike Pence.”
That one is probably closer to the truth than many in Hollywood would like to admit.
When Icarus, a documentary about Russian doping in the Olympics, won its category, Kimmel said: “Well, now at least we know Putin didn’t rig this competition, right?”
This apparently qualifies as humor amongst a crowd that really, actually believes that VLADIMIR PUTIN is the reason Hillary Clinton is not the president.
Of course, the night wasn’t just about taking pot shots at Trump. It was also about “moving” speeches regarding immigration and walls and #MeToo and dreamers and Mexico and “intersectionality” and diversity and calling out the NRA.
There’s no way to be certain that Hollywood’s insistence on lecturing the nation on the “right” progressive policies to embrace is what’s sending viewers away in droves…but they certainly are staying away in said droves. According to Deadline, this year’s Oscars were on track for some of the lowest ratings in the event’s history.
“Last night’s ceremony drew a 18.9 Live+Same Day rating in the metered market households,” Deadline reported. “That was off 16% from last year’s 22.4 rating, which was a nine-year low. The 18.9 appears to be an all-time low for the Oscars, below the previous low ratings point for the Oscars, logged with the 2008 telecast (21.9), hosted by Jon Stewart, when No Country For Old Men won Best Picture.”
As long as Hollywood (and, for that matter, the NFL) continues to disrespect an enormous swath of the watching public, we can only assume that this trend will continue. Get back in your lane, make your movies, and stop pretending to be spokespeople for righteousness.
Or, watch your industry fall into decline. Whatever you want.