While this year’s Oscars show has struggled to find a replacement host after outing comedian Kevin Hart, there is one Hollywood name who could make the perfect master of ceremonies.
And as Americans increasingly tune out of the Hollywood extravaganzas like the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards show which is set to air Sunday, Jon Levine, media editor of The Wrap, offered a lifeline to the shows.
In an op-ed published by the New York Post Saturday, Levine cited the 20 percent drop in ratings for the 2018 Oscars and similar declines for other shows which have devolved into political platforms for Hollywood stars to rant about the latest causes and bash President Donald Trump.
“How can the creative class convince millions of Americans who have tuned out to give them a second chance?” he asked.
“To answer that, I have two words,” Levine offered. “James Woods.”
Levine argued that the conservative Trump-supporting actor who has received two Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and two Oscar nominations “would give viewers a lot to chew on.”
Woods “regularly inveighs against liberal sacred cows,” Levine noted, pointing out the actor’s nearly 2 million Twitter followers who rallied for him after he was locked out of Twitter in September because he said he “posted a sarcastic remark about Democrats.”
Fans of the actor and his social media posts saw him take the fight directly to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, refusing to delete the offending tweet as a matter of free speech.
James Woods confronts Twitter CEO after lockout: ‘If you want to kill my free speech … man up and slit my throat with a knife’ https://t.co/jC8fIsKJgT
— ?Kimbra? (@Kimbraov1) September 24, 2018
Levine noted that Woods has the ability to improvise and can get liberals to laugh, and despite the predictable “outrage” that would ensue, his choice to emcee the Oscars would bring in “millions of new viewers.”
He dismissed other potential hosts who would be disqualified under today’s standards of political correctness, including Hart who stepped down as host after controversy erupted when past homophobic jokes he had made resurfaced on social media. Efforts by comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to get her friend to reconsider earned her scathing backlash as well.
“It’s hard to think of any comic in history who would escape today’s censors,” Levine lamented. “Nobody who’s any fun can go through life without ruffling a feather or two.”
Which makes the choice of Woods as host even more obvious, he noted.
The the Oscar-nominated actor doesn’t back down from a fight for a good cause, and even took his own former agent to task, publicly sharing the message he sent the 71-year-old actor telling him last year that he was dropping him as a client. Woods had announced previously that he was being “blacklisted” by Hollywood due to his personal politics.
“So, in that spirit, why not go full bore with James Woods? Embracing the offensive and learning to laugh at ourselves should be things that bring us together,” Levine noted in his piece, arguing in favor of Woods as Osacrs host.
“For all this and more, you can mark me down as #TeamWoods,” he concluded. “He may not be the host you want, but for struggling awards shows, he’s what America needs.”
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