Hollywood Embarrassed Themselves on Oscar Night

By Eric G Braun, Senior Writer, USRW

If you’re like me, you skipped the Academy Awards on Sunday night. If you did, we were in good company, as the Hollywood love fest had a 9% drop in ratings in a key demographic group, something that might rattle future advertisers who spend about $2 million for a 30 second commercial.

Perhaps calling it an award show is inaccurate. Instead of it being a night about celebrating the fine arts, it turned into an anti-Trump rally, mourning the left's loss of power and significance. Instead of intoxicating designer perfumes, I’m betting the air smelled more like embalming fluid with a hint of Frankincense and Myrrh.

Trump has poked Hollywood in the eye, blackened the other eye, and then took their lunch money.

The rich and famous of the movie world are in a state of shock. Not only has half of the country stopped gushing over these overpaid Thespians, they are no longer relevant.  Their endorsements mean nothing to anyone who supported Trump, and the more they try to project themselves as a collective voice and force to be reckoned with, the more they bury themselves.

Sometimes I wonder if this is really about Trump, or the fact that their “celebrity status” meant nothing in trying to persuade middle of the road voters. George Clooney and the gang have been put in their place, and the spoiled elite can’t handle the fact that their charm and money could not influence the electorate.

Trump has made his impact, so much so that the left-wing New York Times, an outspoken critic of Trump, has had their credibility diminished in certain circles. Once a regional newspaper with national overtones and legitimacy, it is now nothing more than a struggling dinosaur trying to keep off the endangered species list. The NY Times aired its first commercial on the Oscars in 7 years. When there is a Democrat in the White House, commercials are not necessary.

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Even Twitter’s numbers were down drastically this year, registering 14.7 million tweets compared to 2016’s 24.2 million during the same time span.

I’m not quoting any of the Trump bashing, not because I disagree, but because I’m not giving them a platform to use such a venue as a political rally disguised as an awards ceremony. In fairness to the stars and starlets, the music and television industry is no different.

Sadly, for the Oscar team, they couldn’t have picked a worse year with such a bitter divide and disgust between the left and the right to screw up their own show and look foolish and even more spoiled.

In announcing the winner of best movie, Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope and declared La La Land the winner, when in fact it was Moonlight. The mistake was not corrected until after the cast of LaLa Land was on stage accepting the award.

Host Jimmy Kimmel tried to make light of it, but that wasn’t going to fly. Knowing what it must have looked like, all involved tried to blow it off in good humor. I wonder how that went off once they were all backstage.

You have to love the irony though, they want to dictate to us their political demands, when they couldn’t even get their own election right.

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