Skip to comments.Hollywood's Slow Suicide
Posted on 03/08/2018 4:59:58 AM PST by Kaslin
Well, the Oscars sure did suck, didnt they? I used to watch them because I love movies, now I watched them for work purposes. And it felt like work. Judging by the ratings, the way I felt watching them was not unique, and a lot of people did not show up for work that day.
The 2018 Oscars were the lowest rated in history due, in part, to the movies the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated (they really embraced movies the public has shown no interest in), but mostly due to the show itself. They can try to blame cord cutters all they want, but just because more people have dropped their cable providers doesnt mean they blew up their television sets. Besides, the Oscars werent on cable, they were on broadcast TV.
No, people actively chose not to watch.
The Oscars (and pretty much every entertainment awards show) have become the annual version of the Democratic National Convention with significantly more attractive speakers. But no one wants to watch the real thing, so it shouldnt surprise anyone that a prettier version would see record low viewership.
Hollywood is killing itself. Not many people will care, theyre that annoying, but it does matter.
Entertainment, no matter where it occurs, is important in a civil society. Hollywood is the catch-all term for everything in that industry, and it serves an important purpose an escape.
Whether you want to admit it or not, you have favorite movies, TV shows, bands, whatever. Without them, without that escape, life would be miserable. You can deny it all you like, but you know its true.
That escape serves as an important release, a break from work, family, bills, responsibilities, and all the stresses of life, if only for a short while. We laugh, we cry, we talk about it with friends and make new friends through our mutual enjoyment of them.
But thats changing because Hollywood is changing, or vice-versa. How it started is irrelevant, that its accelerating is what matters.
I understand the lack of desire to watch a movie about miserable people being miserable or watching a TV show about how awful people who hold your reverence for the founding principles of this country are. I share it.
But that used to be the exception in the entertainment world, now its becoming more of the norm.
The preachy this person is a victim movie that gives the impression this country is -ist or -phobic land filled with toothless monsters looking to destroy anyone different from them has been a popular theme in Hollywood, but used to be relegated to the art houses. Now theyre released widely, hyped on news programs, and discussed as if they document what America is like rather than the stain of the syrup left on a plate from an apple pie they are eating.
The message movie is overtaking the popcorn flick. But people arent going to see them, no matter how many awards theyre given.
Despite what liberal critics and TV pundits say, no movie is important. Theyre movies. No TV show will change the way you view this or that, theyre time-passers that hopefully make you laugh or care about the characters.
Curb Your Enthusiasm is absolutely hilarious, but the world keeps spinning even when Larry David decides to take years off from making new episodes. Entertainment doesnt define us, it distracts us. When something connects with an audience it matters to them. But it also ends, life doesnt. The last thing the public wants is a constant reminder of the worst and rarest parts of society, especially when theyre presented as larger than they are or when deeply held beliefs are mocked with stereotypes so smug liberals can feel better about themselves.
Yet thats where Hollywood is now. Theyre the preacher I remember outside concerts Id attend growing up in Detroit yelling at everyone that theyre going to Hell. I tried, on several occasions, to have a discussion with him, to find out why he thought literally yelling that at people would convince anyone to his cause. He didnt have an answer, and theres no way he thought it would work considering the fact that the only response he got from those who acknowledged his existence was telling him where he could go and what he could do on his way there. Still, he persisted because it made him feel good, made him feel like he was doing something he felt was important.
Thats Hollywood the crazy man holding signs, yelling at everyone that they must conform to his will or they are evil.
It might be different if, every once in a while, there was some traffic heading the other direction down that street if there were some acknowledgement of the flaws and hypocrisies of the left in entertainment.
Imagine a Saturday Night Live skit about the Oscars where Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey keep trying to sneak down the red carpet and everyone tries to pretend they dont exist, or celebrities covered in ribbons and pins for and/or against every cause imaginable to show they care. But liberals would hate that, moreover theyd be embarrassed by it, so it wont happen. Instead, there will be a skit about Sam Nunbergs public meltdown while Donald Trump and a porn star watch it from a bathtub, or something similarly cutting edge that has been repeated all week on the late-night talk shows.
Hollywood is killing itself, slowly, and while the prospect of that is appealing, the implications are not. Without what the entertainment industry is capable of providing, the rift between Americans will only grow. As it stands now, theyre aiding in building that gulf. The world needs distraction, the world needs characters and drama, and most importantly the world needs to laugh. Right now too much of that laughter is not out of humor, but contempt from one half of the country for the other. Where that ultimately leads is only bad, because once you go over a cliff there is no going back.
Hollywood is repulsive because its filled with repulsive people.
We have people without values lecturing to us about values.
Enough of the hypocrisy.
“...I watched them for work...”
You need a better job.
Note to Hollyweird: If anyone wants to actually make some money and has nine figures to invest, give me a call about a little something I call Red Bits Productions. Good stories, sane budgets, great box office. But I won’t hold my breath while I wait.
I want to have mercy on them.
I want their demise to be quick!
Haven’t watched an Oscar’s nor any other awards show since the 70’s.
The media/entertainment types thrive because there are enough a$$wholes who watch their crap and who fawn over “celebrities.” I couldn’t give two rats’ tails twitches over the glitzy, faux-smile, hypocritical, false-virtue, empty, shallow shells that pass for “celebrities.”
As far as most Hollywood “celebrities” go, I would not perpendicularly traverse a linearly configured conveyance route to micturate upon them were I to ascertain that they were rapidly combining with oxygen.
I was done with the Oscars in 1978. I have a VERY long memory.
The catalyst: Star Wars was up against Annie Hall. As usual, they would show a scene from each of the contenders. For star wars it was an amazing battle scene, like nothing ever seen before in cinema. For Annie Hall it was a ridiculous “Lobster in the Kitchen” scene.
It was a no brainer, except it wasn’t. Annie Hall won.
It was that day that I realized the award was political. I never watched them again.
They realized movies can influence people’s thinking. Now that’s all they want to do. It’s all about power. The liberal mind knows nothing else.
What is seen in society now is a catastrophic failure of primary Virtues,
Gratitude, Humility, Prudence, Fortitude, Courage, Justice,
Temperance, Chastity, Charity, Patience, Kindness...
Replaced by the false gods of Values
No TV show will change the way you view
I disagree with this statement. Advertisers would not spend billions of dollars on commercials if they did not influence people.
What Television does is set the “norms” for society. Early movies did as well. Television (and movies) replaced the old village story teller who past on life lessons.
I hope Hollywood enjoys the world they are creating with the life lessons they have been teaching since the the 1970s. They blurred the line between right and wrong, worse, they preach that each individual can decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong.
A society can not exist (peacefully) when there are no rules that everyone understands and obeys.
I hear ya....
Sure doesn’t influence me. I hate their crappy movies anymore. Never watch!
Last night I re-watched The Maltese Falcon and while I have not seen it in the past year or so, even after seeing it probably a hundred times in my 70 years, it was still an enjoyable experience.
77 years after it was released, it is still has a beginning, a middle and an ending; believable characters and plot; top notch production, fantastic direction and great acting from all even down to the extras. AND no politics at all. Now, try to find that in just about any film made today or the recent past--
So many people just have to be a part of changing the world, are deeply driven by that desire. Hollywood, news people and teachers are in those ranks. Now, pubic school students are, too. But, their ideals are utopian, emotion-based and illogical. Im so damned tired of this bs.
Just following the lead of the NFL...
As an actress relative said one day. The industry likes edgy movies that the rubes do not.
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