An Oscars Lament

BY DOM WIGHTMAN

I am not sure what the real scandal of the Oscars was this year.

Was it really the mistaken awarding of the Best Picture Oscar to La La Land when it was due to be given to Moonlight?

Was it the revelation that the Oscars require Price Waterhouse Coopers to manage such a simple task in the first place? Are they that real-world incompetent themselves?

Was it that after all the fuss last year about a lack of blacks and ethnic minorities winning Oscars, as if by magic a sudden splurge of Oscars won by blacks and ethnic minorities occurred?

Was it this year’s Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel’s statement that “we need to reach out to people we disagree with and have a positive conversation”? The same Jimmy Kimmel who just days earlier had been describing Trump supporters as racists?

Was it the celebs applauding a lecture on human rights from an Iranian whose country oppresses women, kills gays and wants to conduct a genocide against Jews?

Or perhaps the real scandal was the continuing social justice warrior claptrap that emanates from celebrities? People who inhabit gated communities, have armed security and fly in private jets telling us mortals to save the environment and that guns and walls are bad?

Or perhaps the real scandal of the Oscars this year was the awarding of an Oscar to the civil defence outfit of the al-Nusra front, the al-Qaeda off-shoot in Syria, better known as the White Helmets? I cannot think of the last time an Oscar went to terrorists who want us to convert or die.

Or was the real scandal the wall placed around celebrities this year as they strutted the red carpet? After all, they hate walls, right?

Or was it that the Australian eyebrow-artist to the stars Sharon-Lee Hamilton was flown from Sydney to Los Angeles – 7,500 miles – to tend to a select few celebrities’ brows before the Oscars ceremony?

Or was it the lack of Syrian refugees in tow? After all, these were the celebrities who asked us to open our hearts and homes to refugees from Aleppo and other Islamist bombsites? Surely they would have acted as they implored?

Or was the real scandal of this year’s Oscars the lack of a standing ovation for Roman Polanski from Meryl Streep, as she performed in the past? That’s the same Roman Polanski – the fugitive who drugged and raped a thirteen-year-old girl.

This year I’m with Superman actor Dean Cain. Cain hit the nail on the head by declaring, “this sort of hypocrisy that is coming out of Hollywood …it’s the farthest thing from tolerance or love.”

Translated from Hollywood-speak into British, I think what Cain means is that successful actors and actresses are still just script ponies. They – like most successful sports stars and musicians – are privileged, detached, ridiculously wealthy and have no idea of how the real world works. They, on the whole, lack the qualifications and, most often, grey matter, to comprehend the issues of our day to a sufficient depth to be able to conjure the necessary empathy to be of any practical use in their pronouncements. That’s why they are so often so far off target. That’s why they invariably end up looking like open-mouthed hypocrites.

This year just before the Oscars Meryl Streep had a public scrap with the designer Karl Lagerfeld over a dress worth many thousands of dollars. “A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?” Lagerfeld told Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) in an interview after claiming that Streep turned down his dress as she had found another dress designer who would pay her to wear a dress.

From these people, Karl, it is not so much the behaviour that is cheap. It’s their hypocrisy brought about by their words.

There is nothing we can do about these lost causes – save grab some popcorn and enjoy their delicious liberal tears with a side of hypocrisy as election and referendum results roll in.

Hollywood: where actions prove why words mean nothing.

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