The Academy Awards for Hypocrisy and Narcissism
Here's how clueless Hollywood is about women — they selected a serial misogynist to host their biggest celebrity confab.
The latest annual confab of self-congratulatory celebrities, the 90th Academy Awards, is over.
If you are reading this, you likely did not watch that self-aggrandizing parade of pomp and pretense from mostly mindless Hollywonks and have already seen headlines about who won which awards. There are still a few great movies being made, but some of the biggest “entertainment industry” grossers are devoted to the unmitigated violence saturating the minds of young people.
The centerpiece celebrity of the event was its host, Jimmy Kimmel, who, as I wrote last week, deserves an Oscar for “Serial Misogyny Based on a True Story.” Kimmel is an unapologetic misogynist, but he gets a pass because he has established himself as the loudest of the elitist celebrity voices defaming grassroots Patriots and those who represent them.
If not for Hollywood’s abject hypocrisy, Kimmel would not be hosting the Academy Awards — which is to say, he is the perfect host.
However, while viewership of the 2017 Oscars (Kimmel’s first year as host) was down 4.3% from 2016, viewership this year with Kimmel is off by almost 20% from 2017, a record low, after a year when box office receipts were at a 25-year low. It’s officially a trend for Kimmel and Hollywood…
Of course, the other politicized celebrity confabs have also declined. The Grammy Awards were off 24% and the Screen Actors Guild Awards plummeted 30%. Likewise, politicized sports venues are declining, with NFL TV viewership off another 10% this past season amid some near empty stadiums, and the latest just-finished Winter Olympics was the least-watched on record.
As I noted last week, given the recent report that 94% of Hollywood women report have been harassed, Kimmel was asked if he would use his Oscars platform to take up the mantle of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
He fired back, “This show is not about reliving people’s sexual assaults. It’s an awards show. … And the last thing I want to do is ruin that for someone … by making it unpleasant. You know, that’s not what I want to do. I’m not going to stop any bad behavior with my jokes.”
In other words, Kimmel knows that if he focused too much on the #MeToo mantle, somebody might actually call him out for his sordid history of wholesale misogyny as creator of “The Man Show,” where he spent four years building his career on the gross objectification and denigration of women prior to being picked up by Disney/ABC.
Though he regularly uses his “Jimmy Kimmel Live” monologues as a platform to promote leftist political causes, he has not devoted a single monologue to condemn the sexual harassment in Hollywood. Wonder why? He’s a hypocrite’s hypocrite — but Disney/ABC isn’t about to derail its advertising revenue gravy train.
Despite his assertion last week that he would not mention #MeToo, somebody tapped on his shoulder and let him know he had to mention it because it’s going to be a significant component of the Democrats’ midterm election strategy.
According to the tabloid Washington Post headlines, between his attacks on President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, Kimmel’s “#MeToo Oscars monologue revealed a painful truth.” But of course, not the truth about his own well-documented, unapologetic serial denigration of women.
Kimmel joked about #MeToo: “Oscar is the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood. And there’s a very good reason why. Just look at him. Keeps his hands where you can see them. Never said a rude word. And most importantly, no penis at all.”
He crassly offered this pun about the most noted of executive abusers in Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein: “The academy, as you are no doubt aware, took action last year to expel Harvey Weinstein from their ranks. There were a lot of great nominees, but Harvey deserved it the most.” Apparently the other “great nominees” are now being more discreet with their harassment and abuse.
He took cheap shots at easy targets. “Here’s how clueless Hollywood is about women,” he said. “We made a movie called ‘What Women Want’ and it starred Mel Gibson.”
No, actually, here’s how clueless Hollywood is about women — they selected a serial misogynist to host their biggest celebrity confab of the year.
On a serious note, Kimmel declared, “We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore. The world is watching us. We need to set an example.”
The next “example” should be exiling Kimmel from his celebrity seat at Disney/ABC.
(Footnote: Remember that time when…there was a rousing Academy standing ovation for pederast sexual predator, director Roman Polanski, when he won best director in the same year was finishing up the Man Show? Remember among the celebrities applauding were Meryl Streep and Harvey Weinstein!)