Fresh off of hosting the Golden Globes in what he described as his last time doing the job, Ricky Gervais issued a warning to the celebrities attending the Oscars that their virtue signaling is actually slowing down the “progress” that they are trying to achieve.
There are some Hollywood stars that will never get to a victory podium who rely on Twitter to lecture the less fortunate “non-woke” people of the world, but recently we have had celebrities hiring left-wing political speechwriters and quoting the Communist Manifesto.
Gervais gave this warning to his Golden Globes audience: “If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg,” Gervais told the crowd of A-listers. “So if you win, come up, accept your award, thank your agent, thank your God, and f— off.”
The Oscars continue to struggle will falling viewership and now facing a seemingly annual problem of providing a host who can withstand cancel culture. They have chosen to go host-less for the past two years.
Without a grounded host list Gervais, the Oscars was guaranteed to be hours of lectures by millionaires on how the rest of the world should behave. There was less genuine emotion about winning an award for their labor, and more focus on virtue signaling and assuring the world that they may be rich, white, and privileged, but it is other rich, white and privileged people are the problem.
Gervais Tweeted his reaction to the event the following day, and pointed out that he actually agrees with celebrities using their platform to promote an important issue, and he even agrees with many of the perspectives of the celebrities, but the constant lecturing will frustrate blue-collar workers and have an inverse effect to what the celebrities are looking to achieve.
Fox News reported on the shrinking audience numbers for the Oscars some of the messages of the night.
THR noted that total was “well below the 29.56 million and 7.7 for last year’s awards,” and down 20 percent in year-to-year viewers. The Oscars managed a 5.3 rating in the key demographic of adults age 18-49, down 31 percent from last year’s 7.7 demo rating.
The lengthy, host-less broadcast fell almost 2 million viewers short of the previous all-time low, when the Oscars averaged 26.54 million viewers back in 2018.
Several winners injected politics into the Academy Awards, starting with the telecast’s first famous victor, Brad Pitt, who took a shot at Republican senators who voted against calling witnesses at President Trump’s impeachment trial.
“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” Pitt said. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing.”
Pitt was not the only actor to politicize his comments as Joaquin Phoenix used his lengthy, emotional best actor acceptance speech to discuss, among other things, the state of humanity and the plight of cows.
“We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow,” Phoenix said. “And when she gives birth, we steal her baby even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable and then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.”
Julia Reichert won an Oscar for co-directing “American Factory”, the first documentary to be released by the Obama’s production company Higher Ground. At the end of the speeches by she and her co-director, Reichert returned to the microphone to say a quote by infamous socialist Karl Marx and yelled out to the audience “Workers of the world unite!”
Comedians have always provided an opportunity for those in power, who rarely hear “no”, and are shielded by wealth and privilege to gain perspective on their presence in humanity as nothing more or less than any other human. Comedy, particularly satire, has been used to humble world leaders as well as infiltrate and influence society as long as there has been a society.
Hollywood has made it clear that they do not want to look themselves in a mirror, and that they will bow and cater to cancel culture, even it means no one will watch the Oscars. Time will tell if this is cutting off the nose to spite the face.