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Charles
 Posted: Mar 11 2018, 01:58 PM
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Opinion: People are turning away from The Oscars because of the hypocrisy in Hollywood

Paul Murray | The West Australian
Saturday, 10 March 2018 10:44PM

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Ellen DeGeneres, with Kevin Spacey in the background, and her selfie at the 2014 Oscars ceremony.

Ah, Hypocriwood. Can someone ring a bell when we reach peak hollyocrisy. Surely, it can’t be too far away. Hollywood and hypocrisy have sadly become synonymous.

When will those overpaid and underworked pretenders stop preaching their humanity to the rest of the world and realise most people only want to see them act?

People paid for their skill as chameleons and who exist in that very artificial environment of fame may not be our best arbiters of morality.

And one of the few things worse than being preached at by a very ordinary airline is being lectured to by a neophyte avatar.

Like other average humans with only a passing interest in the world of stellar actors, I usually give a wide berth to the increasingly nauseating virtue-signalling of the Oscars awards.

I am clearly not alone. Ratings in the US for this week’s telecast were 20 per cent down and among the worst Nielsen levels ever.

It’s not hard to avoid three or so hours of tedious television, but the problem arises when things said or done during the bloviating invade the news agenda.

My interest was slightly piqued in the previews period when a favourite Oscars picture cropped up on Twitter. It’s that delicious 2014 selfie taken by Ellen DeGeneres — would she be interesting if she wasn’t gay? — surrounded by a host of similarly self-satisfied stars and a leering Kevin Spacey in the background.

However, I resisted prurient curiosity: had the fallen exponent of so many sexually creepy performances, that we came to learn were not performances at all, been forgiven?

Like Roman Polanski, was he back in the gang enjoying the warm embrace of the judgmentally correct, such as Meryl Streep and Barbra Streisand?

So I declined a peek at who was wearing black and who was not, which of the virtuous demonisers was trussed into the most revealing outfit or to check on the #MeToo outrage levels only to stumble on a news report outlining the ribbon-wearing claque’s issue du jour: gun violence.

If Hollywood wants to own up eventually to its well-deserved reputation for sexual sleaze, its preening virtue signallers may also have to admit some of its other vices. Like violence.

Routine sexual abuse in the studio system hasn’t been some dirty little secret. The casting couch was a great big open scandal for decades that those inside the bubble chose to ignore.

But Hollywood has really overreached on hypocrisy if it wants to lecture us about violence.

Excuse me for never having heard of a singer called Common, but it was his uncommon duty to weave into his Oscars performance a message for the National Rifle Association that guns were standing in God’s way to make America a less violent place.

And those who have soaked the whole world, not just America, in decades of the most depraved violent images cheered him.

It nearly matched the sheer effrontery of Streep upbraiding Donald Trump for sexual misdemeanours when she previously stood to applaud the known paedophile Polanski, and her other glaring anomaly of a long professional relationship with Harvey Weinstein that simply doesn’t pass the sniff test, let alone an eye test. A one-eyed actress in the land of the blind.

You might have noticed that some of the stars on the red carpet were wearing an orange flag pin which denotes the Everytown for Gun Safety campaign, a worthy cause, but one which is not well suited to that mob.

Hollywood has taught generations that problems are solved, arguments finalised and relationships terminated at the end of a gun.

And you will get no more uncomfortable source on that than Bill Clinton, another of those flawed males who enjoys the selective myopia of many Hollywood women.

Speaking days after the infamous Columbine high school massacre in 1999, the incumbent president accused film producers of creating “a culture that too often glorifies violence”.

His message to parents was to “turn off the television, pay attention to what’s on the computer screen, refuse to buy products that glorify violence”.

“And to the media and entertainment industries, I say just this: you know you have enormous power to educate and entertain our children. Yes, there should be a label on the outside of every video, but what counts is what’s on the inside and what it will do to the insides of our young people. I ask you to make every video game and movie as if your own children were watching it.”

As I have written previously on these pages, some years later I interviewed John Travolta and chose to raise the issue.

I’ll admit to a strange fascination with Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction stylistically and as a piece of storytelling, but I don’t think any of the gifts of the Enlightenment were highlighted in the creation of the movie.

Travolta, as a devoted Democrat and a friend of the Clintons, might have had an interesting response given his involvement in that hyper-violent cult film.

But his demeanour changed immediately.

He became hostile and started rolling out arguments about the overriding importance of artistic freedom and the creative process.

As is often the case with virtue signallers, you don’t have to scratch too deeply to find the hypocrisy. Don’t get me started on actors normalising drug abuse.

The last sermonising straw this year was Frances McDormand and her “inclusion rider” campaign. The simple solution for Hollywood producers would be to not hire those who demand it.

Plenty of hungry fish in that particular sea.

This rubbish has been going on for a long time. But what were the origins?

Was it the dissolute Marlon Brando holed up with his child wife in Tahiti sending an Apache woman to decline an Oscar in 1973 on the grounds of poor treatment of Native Americans by the industry, making a political statement he didn’t have the energy or commitment to do himself?

That would be a suitable beginning for a tiresome practice.


https://thewest.com.au/opinion/opinion-people-are-turning-away-from-the-oscars-because-of-the-hypocrisy-in-hollywood-ng-b88769243z

I long ago gave up following the Oscars and the ramblings of so called "stars". Particularly when they think it somehow trendy to voice political views. Meryl Streep (in my opinion greatly over-rated) is a prime example and I have highlighted Paul Murray's comment on her in red.

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They mistakenly think that their acting skills give them credibility to comment on social and political issues.
Most them are only wise in their own imagination.
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Phillip J.
 Posted: Mar 11 2018, 02:20 PM
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In my opinion on this general subject, a good movie is a good movie, and a great song, or a great recording is that, as well. It actually doesn't matter if the people involved in these things are dickhead morons or not. There are obviously idiots, mean bastards, and decent folks in ALL walks of life, not just show business! Naturally, they would have their fair share, being in the game that they're in, but logically, it can't be that ALL actors are unthinking narcissists, can it? I've always believed that good and bad go hand in hand everywhere! http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_don_t_know.gif

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 Posted: Mar 11 2018, 02:23 PM
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I agree with your sentiments Phillip.

We shouldn't judge all actors/actresses by the antics and ramblings of some.

Sadly, too may in the entertainment industry are only interested in media exposure.

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The problem with celebrities and personalities is that they are “famous” and therefore to “share” the fame there are those people who like to be seen to think as their idol thinks, and to be seen to be as one with the beautiful people and people who matter. Social media confirms the opinion is seen as good, and then these opinions etc become a necessity in even the business world and even in jobs and job applications. To succeed in “society” you must be seen as being onside with the prevailing thoughts which are the current flavour of the month, or even week. http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/rolleyes.gif http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/rolleyes.gif http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/rolleyes.gif
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tors same as pollies think personal opinions mean something user posted image

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