The Oscars used to be about celebrating film as an art form over political activism, even implementing rules that banned anyone who used the platform to advance their own pet cause. That all changed when Leonardo DiCaprio was allowed a fawning speech to Al Gore in 2007 and Michael Moore tried to eat his microphone during his acceptance speech for Fahrenheit 9/11. But this past Sunday was a return, for the most part, to the appreciation of all things film and ?all things Hollywood ego. There was no room for the biggest ego of all in the country. This year’s Oscars were about Hollywood going back to the time honored tradition of overindulging itself. Not Barack Obama.
Hollywood broke Barack Obama’s Retweet record and his heart, something for this President that had to sting more than losing Ukraine.
A year after Michelle Obama trolled viewers who waited an entire show to see the final four awards, there was barely a mention of either Obama, or surprisingly, any of their policies. It would have been so easy for Sandra Bullock to hold a “Drink Up” water glass backstage or for Will Smith to drop a “Get Covered” bomb, especially after the constant bombardment and invasion of everything Obama in our media and as close to the struggling enrollment deadline for Obamacare. In a year dominated by headlines of Gay Marriage, Ellen DeGeneres, Hollywood’s most recognizable and likeable gay advocate was surprisingly subdued. On a night where a film documenting the horrors of African American slavery in America wouldn’t be denied, the first African American President or in particular the First Lady were absent. Social advocacy and liberal politics not only took a back seat, they were nonexistent and the Oscars had their highest ratings in fourteen years.
Progressive media not only hated it, they couldn’t fathom why.
Everything actors do is based on the clever and careful crafting of their public image. Nothing is accidental and everything is about popularity and publicity. Where millions of dollars are at risk and one bad film ends a career, actors are on guard at all times against bad publicity.?Promoting a troubled healthcare law and endorsing a President who is hovering around 40% approval rating is bad publicity. Writing clever slogans on their hands and holding up inspiring memes about health care on instagram accounts works great until the destructive realities of what they promote are?inflicted upon the general public that sees their films.
Suddenly promoting a health care law that 60% of the country doesn’t want doesn’t look so cool. Applauding for a President that has more drone kills than Meryl Streep has nominations after using the Oscar stage for 7 years of anti-war, anti-Bush rhetoric becomes problematic to their public image.
What’s more interesting with the dynamic between Barack Obama and Hollywood is how accidentally conservative it becomes when it creates messages that conflict with his philosophy.?Gravity is as much a spiritual journey about faith as it is about science and astronauts. Dallas Buyer’s Club is about a man trying to innovate and survive in the face of government regulations. Ashton Kutcher starred in a flawed biopic of Steve Jobs and suddenly became the mascot of conservative values with his acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards. Perhaps?Solomon Northup’s entire ordeal could have been avoided with strong voter ID laws (calm down Sally Kohn, that’s a joke).
Jared Leto (a proud Obama campaigner)?accidently gave one of the most Conservative acceptance speeches in Oscar history. He spoke of the values of life, recalling his mother, living in poverty in Louisiana and choosing to raise him and his brother (Also a member of his band 30 Seconds To Mars), so that one day she could see them grow up to be superstars:
?In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. ?She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she?s here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream.”
If Barack Obama had his choice, he would not have punished Leto’s mother with a baby, who would later go on to single her out so fondly at the Academy Awards.?By also signaling out to protesters in Venezuela, he alerts his thousands of young fans to the atrocities happening there, practically forcing the Obama Administration to finally address it now, something it has chosen to remain largely silent on.?Leto shouting out Venezuela is a direct contradiction to leftist group thought trying to bury the protests or outright defending government perpetrated violence there.
Unfortunately for Leto, no one in Venezuela saw his words.
Lizz Winstead took to Ronan Farrow Daily to complain that Jared Leto wasn’t proactive enough in dedicating his Oscar to Trans people all over the universe. According to leftists like Winstead, Leto is mandated to use his well deserved Oscar to beat us over the head with her pet cause of choice. The progressive left in this country has become so emboldened with an activist President that if an actor doesn’t seize on their moment to advance the progressive cause instead of thanking their loved ones, it’s a missed opportunity and a failure.
If the majority of the country is given even the slightest moment in their lives to sit down and relax for more than an hour without liberal media activists getting in their faces, the progressive left throws a virtual hissy fit over it. Giving an absorbing and completely immersive performance as a struggling Trans individual wasn’t enough. This is now the norm and it shocks them when there is any deviation away from it.
Which brings us to Matthew McConaughey.
Both sides of the political aisle are making a deal of Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech which strongly invoked his faith in God. But McConaughey’s speech is nothing out of the ordinary for most people who watch athlete’s accept awards and trophies multiple times a year from their living rooms. Why is Matthew McConaughey?invoking God in his thank you speech treated any differently than Lebron James or Ray Lewis? Jon Gabriel at Ricochet elaborated on this topic in more detail. Collective progressive media sighed and passed his speech off as overly indulgent. McConaughey’s speech was supposed to be about transexuals, people with aids and the evils of the Reagan Administration, not God. For a political party and ideology that spends inordinate amounts of time screaming about the wealthiest one percent of America, it sure seems like they feel they have to be constantly validated by millionaires in designer dresses and tuxedos.
Hard progressive media critics of McConaughey are certainly welcome to try and ignore or isolate him and his values. That’s going to be pretty tough. He’s on a roll that few actors are at the moment and his next major project is Interstellar, with Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight and Inception) ?which means it’s quite possible he could be up on that stage next year, thanking God again.
There is also caution in all of this. Hollywood casting aside Barack Obama is not a moment of clarity for an industry that routinely goes out of their way to ridicule half of their audience. Just because Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have broken up with Barack Obama doesn’t mean their Dogma regarding progressive activism or hypocrisy is going to change.?With Hollywood, as with all progressive media, the ideology cannot be made to fail.
The messenger can.
Big Hollywood may never move on from liberal commentary in films, but they have moved on from Barack Obama. Hollywood banks on feel good stories and heroic fairy tales (ready for Hillary!). They also bank on sequels. This sequel is turning out to be much more disastrous than anyone thought…Well almost anyone.
For the Hollywood fairy tale that is Barack Obama however, the credits have rolled.
– SM –