I admit I didn’t watch the Oscars. I’ll even admit that I didn’t know the Oscars were on. Still, I do enjoy hearing the tales of Hollywood’s self-congratulatory gala, replete with political lectures wrapped as jokes, as well as the condescending arrogance of abnormal, pampered people who act like normal, real people for a living.
Because every so often there is a comment, event, or occurrence that cuts through the fake façade of the land of make believe and reveals precisely who they are and what the rest of us are dealing with. That event definitely occurred this year when tearful television propagandist Jimmy Kimmel threw out a jab at Vice President Mike Pence.
Acknowledging that films are often nominated that no one in the general public has ever heard of, Kimmel taunted,
“That’s not the point. We don’t make films like Call Me By Your Name for money. We make them to upset Mike Pence.”
First of all, a primary rule of comedians is that jokes are funniest when they have a significant portion of truth to them. So it’s no surprise that this comment by Kimmel got arguably the biggest laugh of the night. Everyone there knows it’s true. Hollywood has become nothing but the pop culture propaganda arm of the progressive left. Themes that appeal to progressive values – particularly the most controversial – are embraced. Those that rely on traditional or, God forbid, Christian values, are rejected or mocked.
Hollywood is interested in teaching America what they should think, if only we were as wise, cultured, and enlightened as they. That’s why an award that went to the writers of Casablanca, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Schindler’s List in years past, now go to the writer of Call Me By Your Name, a movie about an adult homosexual sexually seducing a teenager.
The problem for Hollywood continues to be their bubble. Confusing their opulent wealth for prestige, they think of themselves as far more important than they are. And while they heap derision and scorn upon the rubes that don’t see the deep “art” inherent in films about a woman who has sex with a fish (this year’s “Best Picture” winner, The Shape of Water), they don’t realize that they themselves have become the spectacle. They are the brunt of jokes and are held in contempt by more Americans than many of the politicians they love to roast.
“Kimmel told the truth, which is why his joke landed. Hollywood does greenlight films so that its creators can brag to each other at cocktail parties about how much they ticked off Mike Pence. The dirty little secret is that the more they tick off Mike Pence, the fewer Americans overall bother watching the messages they’re so eager to dispense.”
And the ones that do largely roll their eyes and laugh at them.