by JC Bowman
Oh yes it is award season in Hollywood. The officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences desperately trying to breathe interest in the four plus hour show that lacks real public interest have to somehow create hype and interest.
They certainly did that with the selection of Chris Rock as host of this years 'Oscars.' "I never watched the Oscars. Come on, it's a fashion show," according to Rock. "No one performs; it's not like a music show. What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars?" Okay at this point, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences probably came unglued, but interestingly they remained silent.
I know the saying in Hollywood that even bad press is better than no press. But you have to think the Academy did not want to hear these comments, especially when Chris Rock added: "Awards for art are f---ing idiotic." Imagine if a white conservative or libertarian leaning actor like Mel Gibson, Tom Selleck or Drew Carey had made this statement as the pending host. What would Hollywood's response be? Would there have been a public outcry?
I am sure Hollywood "stars" like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Alec Bladwin, Barbara Streisand, Leo DeCaprio, Robert Deniro; Bette Middler; Susan Sarandon, Mike Farrell, Jane Fonda, Kim Basinger, Ethan Hawke, Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Lange, Laurence Fishburne, Uma Thurman, and Martin Sheen and the list goes on would have demanded their removal, or boycotted the Oscars. If there is justice one of these "stars" will have to present Republican Clint Eastwood with an award, and the Hollywood crowd will be forced to cheer.
Chris Rock made a perceptive remark when he also alleged: "How do I say this without sounding like an egomaniac?" he said. "I don't know a comedian that sells more seats than me in the red states and blue states, so I don't see where I have to change that much."
I have to digest this carefully, do Republicans come out to hear Chris Rock and steal his material when he bashes the left or do Democrats come out as part of a self-loathing event and pay to be insulted? It certainly makes one wonder.