HuffPo wants the Oscars to steer into the skid of smug self-celebration that occurs every year when hundreds of overpaid celebrities who play pretend for a living gather to gloat in public adulation.
The drumbeat of social justice virtue-signaling has been substituted for the Oscars’ once-comedic monologue, delivered deftly in years past by the likes of Billy Crystal as a light-hearted exercise in self-deprecating humor. Thus, the Academy Awards has taken a turn for the worst in the age of Trump.
It was horrid, most definitely, under W., but the entire spectacle has become so surreal that it couldn’t even be scripted by the writers of The Black Mirror. Not even the expected humility of awards acceptance speeches have escaped the abject politicization, as every moment is seized upon to show off progressive bona fides. It has all become disgusting and gratuitous; pompous and pretentious.
It still isn’t enough for the likes of the Huffington Post. The hub of prevailing progressive sentiment has weighed in on the Oscars’ ham-handed attempt to woo back the flyover country viewers who have made for the exits: “It’s Time For The Smug Celebs-Meet-The-Normies Oscars Skit To Die.”
As the blog of non-record put it:
For the terrible, unfunny, smug skits, there is no such excuse ― and yet each year, the Oscars dedicates precious time to them. Take Sunday night’s ceremony, which managed to include one of the most dull and needlessly patronizing Oscars stunts in recent memory.
On the occasion of the 90th Academy Awards, host Jimmy Kimmel invited several stars ― including Gal Gadot, Emily Blunt, Lupita Nyong’o, Armie Hammer and Ansel Elgort ― to duck out of the Dolby Theatre and join him in crashing a screening of “A Wrinkle in Time” at a neighboring cinema. They arrived with baskets full of Red Vines and launchers full of hot dogs, ready to shower a crowd of ecstatically grateful proles with snacks and, more crucially, proximity to their celebrité.
It all hit a painful crescendo for HuffPo writer Claire Fallon:
The moviegoers, in fact, reacted with tepid applause as their film was interrupted by a group of self-satisfied actors in couture bearing junk food they likely wouldn’t deign to sully their own digestive tracts with.
“This is so much better than the Oscars!” shouted Gadot, who certainly could have gone to a “Wrinkle in Time” screening instead of the Oscars if she wished.
The writer rightly jabs Jimmy Kimmel, a “comedian” once known for a show featuring cheeky dude humor and girls bouncing on trampolines, for tormenting viewers with the “meet the normies” skit. It’s all contrived for “viral” social media sensation and thus smacks of saccharine hypocrisy.
Instead of the departure down the yellow brick road back to Kansas, deigning to rub shoulders with the proles, Hollywood celebs should just own who they are: Unapologetic smug elitists who are as far removed from the sensibilities of red state America as conceivably possible.
Either that or they can return to normalcy themselves.
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