Piers Morgan blasted Hollywood and effectively announced a new award category just days ahead of the 90th Academy Awards ceremony.
The host of the UK’s “Good Morning Britain” unloaded in a scathing piece about the “ridiculous self-aggrandising preaching” of celebrities at the upcoming event that follows a season filled with “the black dresses, the white ribbons, the furious red carpet rages and the weepy podium speeches.”
“Hollywood’s awards season has deteriorated into an endless round of virtue-signalling, hypocritical bullsh*t as the planet’s most infamously ill-behaved town pretends to be outraged by its own immorality,” Morgan wrote in a Daily Mail op-ed published Thursday.
“How did we reach such a ridiculous state of affairs?” Morgan asked, decrying the jockeying by actors competing for the “coveted title of Best Victim.”
Morgan recounted how the Oscars were launched in much simpler times beginning in 1929 and contrasted with last year’s bloated offering which featured hours of political statements – many of which were aimed at President Donald Trump.
The former CNN anchor questioned the wisdom of another Academy Awards ceremony chock-full of political dialogue considering the record low number of viewers in 2017, “indicating that nobody wants to hear all this hand-wringing clap-trap.”
“I support the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns, but I don’t want to hear actress after actress playing the victim card on Sunday night,” Morgan wrote, adding that even the same actors clamoring for gun control laws end up starring in countless “ultra violent gun-glorifying movies.”
Morgan, who won the seventh season of the “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2008, especially had a problem with the anti-Trump bashing crowd, questioning the sanity of attacking a man who was and is supported by “tens of millions of people across vast swathes of America” who voted for him and “love him.”
These people, Morgan noted, do not want to hear Hollywood’s finest “feigning shock and horror about their own industry being exposed for what everyone’s always known it to be: a repulsive cesspit of casting couch immorality.”
He predicted that the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday will come to its feet with cheers and applause every time someone rails against sexual harassment in the industry.
“Yet how many of them can honestly claim not to have known what those men are all really like?” he wrote, referring to the likes of Roman Polanski, Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen.
Morgan issued a challenge, or rather “a heartfelt plea” for Hollywood to return to Oscar ceremonies of the past which focused on honoring the best of the business.
“I’m not anti-actor. I’ve met and interviewed hundreds of them over the years and I really like many of them,” Morgan said.
“But for reasons that baffle me, they now seem to see a primary part of their job as being a political activist,” he added. “It’s not. Their job is to entertain us.”
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