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“Members of the Academy, what hypocrites and conformists so many of you are!”
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The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, ostensibly honoring the best films and performances of 2017, will be held Sunday evening at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Given that over the past five months the American film industry—and not only the film industry!—has been dominated by a trumped-up sexual misconduct campaign, one expects this will play a significant if not dominant role at this year’s awards ceremony. Presumably, no one will step out of line, no one will denounce the witch-hunt and spell out its right-wing character. That would be far too much to hope for. The event is generally as packaged and lifeless and embalmed as its organizers and producers can arrange it.

There are a few worthy films and performances up for awards, The Shape of Water (for best film, for Guillermo del Toro as best director, and for performances by Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins), Steven Spielberg’s The Post for best film, Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq., Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project, Mary J. Blige in Mudbound, Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird and perhaps Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, although the latter film is deplorable as a whole.

All in all, however, one “looks forward to” a spectacle of self-congratulation and self-absorption, heightened and policed by the #MeToo movement crusaders. Hollywood at its very worst!

But what if a quasi-miracle should occur, and some naïve, misguided performer or writer or animator or costume designer or composer, not a bit concerned with its impact on his or her career, should blurt out the truth? What if he or she should decide to throw caution to the wind and decide to let the public in on what the whole dirty sex scandal has been about?

We all have our dreams. This year this is mine. A presenter or winner … perhaps, let’s say, the more or less accidental recipient of some newly minted honorary award, whose remarks would ordinarily be ignored, steps to the microphone, a little nervously, clears his or her throat, and …

“Members of the Academy [Fumbles for speech.] … I have written remarks here, somewhere. [Gives up.] Oh, never mind. It wasn’t really what I wanted to say anyway … Let’s begin again. Members of the Academy, well, let’s try to be honest with one another for a change. It’s very difficult, the atmosphere is pretty foul, but let’s try for once. Mark Twain suggested that when in doubt, tell the truth. Good advice, I hope you’ll agree!

“What’s going on here tonight and what’s been going on since October is simply filthy and disgraceful. [Applause, boos.] Sexual assault is horrendous, a crime, but that’s not what this is about. Harvey Weinstein was a convenient jumping-off point, that’s all. And you know it. What began with Weinstein has become a full-scale witch-hunt, in some ways more pernicious than the McCarthyite purges of the late 1940s and 1950s.

“Individuals have been essentially criminalized and ‘disappeared’ on the basis of unsubstantiated, often anonymous accusations. Some of our more talented and intriguing performers have had their careers destroyed. Academy Award winners Kevin Spacey and Geoffrey Rush have been thrown to the wolves. Poor Louis C.K. has been turned into a non-person. You know your Julius Caesar, of course, don’t you?:

You all did love him once, not without cause:

What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?

O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,

And men have lost their reason.

“Casey Affleck didn’t dare show up here tonight. Only a few years ago most of you would have murdered a close family member to land a part in a Woody Allen movie. Now many of you are cheering on the sick and pathetic Mia Farrow. Shame on you! And where is Matt Damon, who had the audacity to point out there was a ‘difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation’? Ben Affleck, Jeffrey Tambor, Garrison Keillor, perhaps James Franco, and Roman Polanski still! … these are the new criminals, the new demons. And as though it were not enough to destroy careers, you have nominated Christopher Plummer for best actor, which must be the first time someone has been honored for directly scabbing on a colleague.

“And the result of all this has been more repression and more censorship. Women haven’t benefited, except for a few at the top. The conditions of working women haven’t been affected in the slightest.

“What rotten hypocrites many of you are! Wouldn’t it be lovely if all the details of your sex lives, including from 30 or 40 years ago, came to light? Would they be so irreproachable? Has any artistic community ever been renowned for its moral firmness and self-restraint? Show me one! This new puritanism is as reprehensible as the original one. It’s the sanctimonious, censorious, self-centered upper-middle class in charge, God help us.

“This same affluent middle class had no ‘moral’ difficulty with Barack Obama’s 540 murderous drone strikes, “kill lists” and endless wars in Libya, Syria, Yemen and beyond. This same crowd, made rich and especially stupid by the stock market boom, has no problem with the endless suffering of the poor and the working class, men and women, in the United States or anywhere else. These self-pitying loudmouths, many of them multi-millionaires, would have us believe that their ‘daily torment’ is a world-historical occurrence.

“Pardon me, if I don’t take part in celebrating this well-promoted and well-remunerated ‘bravery.’ These allegations, some or even many of them may well be true—but I’ll stick my neck out, some of them are lies, self-serving, outright lies. [More applause, louder boos.]

“This is a Democratic Party-New York Times operation, it goes hand in hand with the anti-Russian hysteria and Internet censorship. [‘What are you talking about?’] Ashley Judd and Ronan Farrow, for example, are essentially Democratic Party operatives. They have no credibility whatsoever. All of these people supported Hillary Clinton, a warmonger in the pocket of Wall Street. Even if every allegation against Weinstein, for example, were true, he would not be one-hundredth the criminal that Clinton is, up to her elbows in the blood of the Libyan, Syrian and other peoples. [Gasps. Shouting in various parts of the auditorium. ‘You’re insane, get off the stage!’ ‘No, you have something there!’] Just a few more points—I’d like to finish, if you please. I realize you haven’t heard this kind of thing before, but it might be good for you.

“What odious depths of conformism and cowardice there are in Hollywood! After the infamous blacklist and the anti-communist purges, the studios, the media and the film unions said it could never happen again. They’d all learned their lesson, we were told. In fact, they learned nothing. Everyone here is once again toeing the line, chiming in with denunciations, scared to death, miserably trying to save their own skins. There doesn’t seem to be the slightest concern with democratic rights, due process. It’s revolting, and so sadly predictable.

“You think your ‘sex life complications’ are so fascinating, but most of the population is paying no attention. They have more important things to worry about. [Voice: ‘What’s more important than us?’ ‘Oh! Oh, listen to that!’] Let me answer that.

“In West Virginia, 30,000 teachers and school employees are on strike, defying the state government, politicians of both parties, their own treacherous unions. The working class has been suppressed for years, big strikes have become a thing of the past, and the result has been a sharp lowering of wages, the destruction of conditions, the impoverishment of millions. It has also had a terrible impact on art and film, which is connected in complicated ways with popular moods and movements, and nourished by rebellion and resistance.

“When millions of workers break out of the straitjacket of the unions and the Democratic Party, it will have a shattering, healthy impact on the general atmosphere, including the atmosphere among the artists. From that point of view, what the West Virginia workers are doing is more important for the future of culture than 90 percent of the films honored here tonight. [‘Enough!’ ‘Finish, finish!’] One last word …

“So, once again, dear members of the Academy, you ‘wonderful, sweet people,’ as Charlie Chaplin, driven out of Hollywood by the Red Scare, commented years ago … Once again, allow me to register the strongest and angriest possible protest against the sexual hysteria and the entire effort of this rich, selfish crowd to impose their ‘morals’ on movie making and on the movie-going public. I urge others to speak up and help expose this reactionary fraud.

“And, as for this Oscar, I think you know what you can do with it!

“Thank you for your time.” [Stormy applause, violent denunciations.]

(Republished from World Socialist Web Site by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Feminism, Hollywood, Political Correctness 
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  1. njguy73 says:

    I’m just waiting for some Hollywood figure to declare that he/she is done with acting for good, and will devote their life to something like:
    - running a charter school to defy teacher unions
    - starting a business that gets the working class working again
    - developing a food co-op

    I’m not holding my breath.

    • Replies: @bjondo
  2. renfro says:

    This article is 1,250 words too long. I was about to say it sounds like an outraged high schooler…….you know, the long and louder I yell…about everything type.

    Then I noticed this….Republished from World Socialist Web Site and that explained it.

    • Agree: CalDre
    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Kingfelix
    , @AreBe
  3. Naturally an article republished from something called “World Socialist Web Site” contains the following reinforcement of the familiar “McCarthyite purges” myth:

    What began with Weinstein has become a full-scale witch-hunt, in some ways more pernicious than the McCarthyite purges of the late 1940s and 1950s.

    Individuals have been essentially criminalized and ‘disappeared’ on the basis of unsubstantiated, often anonymous accusations. Some of our more talented and intriguing performers have had their careers destroyed.

    When the truth is:

    Over the last 20 years, John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and other scholars have conclusively established that many dozens or even hundreds of Soviet agents once honeycombed the key policy staffs and nuclear research facilities of our federal government, constituting a total presence perhaps approaching the scale suggested by Sen. Joseph McCarthy, whose often unsubstantiated charges tended to damage the credibility of his position.

    – from Our American Pravda, by Ron Unz

    • Replies: @Alden
  4. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “I was about to say … Then I noticed…”


  5. Kingfelix says:

    Why do I have the sneaky feeling you worked back from the source to your whining?

  6. El Dato says:

    There are suggestions that some of the Parkland School Shooting Outragettes be nominated:

    Parkland school shooting survivor boasts of snubbing Trump White House invitation

    “I hung up on the White House the other day,” a smiling Hogg said, saying the timing of Trump’s invitation was “very offensive considering the fact that there were funerals the next day, there was mourning we still had to do.

    “I ended on this message with them. I said, ‘We don’t need to listen to President Trump. President Trump needs to listen to the screams of the children and the screams of this nation,’” Hogg said.

    “We appreciate that you are willing to let us rebuild the world that you f****d up,” Kasky added later, after saying he was willing to accept the collective apologies of older generations.

    Maybe it’s just narcissistic personality disorder?

    • Replies: @Anon7
    , @sayless
  7. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    There are a few worthy films and performances up for awards, The Shape of Water (for best film, for Guillermo del Toro as best director, and for performances by Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins),

    Watched that film and thought it was rather boring, but if you’re into bestiality, then by all means, watch the latest Hollywood freak fest advocating any of a number of their degenerate causes.

    The Oscars is nothing more than a bunch of human peacocks, strutting around in their finest plumes, demanding that us slobs oh and ah their way too costly clothes and lifestyles.

    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Skeptikal
  8. The Oscar Speech We’d Like to Hear Sunday Night

    Members of the world, due to the fact that we have never had anything of value to offer the world, we are pleased to announce that we will remain silent and out of your faces forevermore. Now, go and live life.


    No, I did not read the article.

  9. AreBe says:

    Doesn’t matter where the article was originally published. It’s dead on. Seeing Meryl Streep speaking for Clinton at the Democratic convention was the ultimate in stomach turning hypocricy.

    • Replies: @Alden
  10. Fine speech what time is it on again?

    If someone did have the guts to say it, bet the only fragment you would see on the MSM news is an edited version of the paragraph which starts “Well forgive me if I don’t take part in this well-promoted bravery…..I’ll stick my neck out and say some (accusations) are lies self-serving outright lies” (accompanied by loud boos)

    As Trollope put it ‘Its the way we live now’

  11. Robjil says:

    Not worth watching, it is just a political show for the deep state agenda. The “award” given last year to the US/west deep state terrorists – White Helmets shows the true colors of this charade.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  12. Walsh makes some good points here. But he attempts to cover too much ground. Hollywood hypocrisy is too vast a subject for one imaginary speech. Thanx for trying though.

    But this ‘witch hunt’ (like the so-called ‘red scare’ of yesteryear) is not based on just a ‘right wing’ fantasy. Right wing?

    In fact, commie subversives were real back in the 50′s just as sexual predators in Hollywood are real today. Let’s get that straight. Unfortunately, many decent celebrities have been damaged by the overreach of today’s feminist-enabled backlash. So let’s place blame where it belongs: on the liberal media and the feminist zeitgeist.

    Further, some of these ‘witches’ (Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein) are real. They deserve punishment, even it’s just public humiliation.

    What we have here is another liberal movement (feminism) turning on its enablers. Yes, it’s gotten out of hand. No question. But it couldn’t happen to a more deserving industry.

    • Replies: @Greg Bacon
  13. Greg Bacon says: • Website
    @mark green

    Another question on Harvey’s rapes is who dropped the dime on him? And why now? Police and DA’s from LA to NYC to London have been getting rape and sexual assault reports on Weinstein for decades and didn’t do a damn thing, but now they suddenly seem interested?

    And where is that arrest of Harvey promised by NYC and LA DA’s?

    Or is Harvey safe, now that green-haired alien SJW headhunters can attack any male with allegations and watch them lose their job?

    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Skeptikal
  14. Oh hell! But they are one of the few remaining entities that bring back some money into the country.

    • Agree: Alden
  15. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Don’t worry, you won’t hear it.

  16. Alden says:
    @Greg Bacon

    You might be right.

    1 Harass Fat Harvey with accusations for a few years.

    2 Scare every HR dept in the country to be hyper vigilant about sex harassment

    3 Fail to find enough evidence to charge
    Fat Harvey with anything including
    indecent exposure.

    4. Allegations against Fat Harvey
    totally disappear from the news.

    5 HRs all over the country decide its
    just too risky to hire White Herero

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  17. Alden says:

    She has to repay the Democrat Hollywood cabal for giving her all those oscars and nominations

  18. Alden says:
    @Greg Bacon

    The clothes are borrowed and just taped, not even pinned to fit.

  19. Alden says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Once more Ron, heartfelt thanks for bring the truth about the communist infiltration in our government mid 20th century.

  20. Alden says:

    How about ignoring the whole beyond boring POS? I watched the first few minutes a couple times when I was in college. But I got bored left and read a book.

    Why watch??? Its incredible boring. And who cares? It’s not like you have a bet on it like a football team. So who cares?

    • Replies: @Alden
  21. Alden says:

    That speech is as bad as the Oscar speeches. “straight jacket of the unions”? Other than affirmative action government unions, what unions??

    McCarthy? He was absolutely, totally correct and a martyr to the truth.

    It was only the cooperation of the southern KKK and the northern anti commie labor unions that got rid of FDR’s commie VP Henry Wallace and rammed through Truman as the 4th term VP just months before FDR’s death.

    Unfortunately the commies just laid low
    till their children grew up and LBJ became President.

    What is unusual about the above speech is that it only talks about workers in general, no caterwauling about women minorities and illegal immigrants and how eeeeevvvvvviiiillllll Whitey keeps them down.

  22. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    The Oscars, where people who have sexually assaulted women for 100 years will lecture you about women’s rights and about guns as they are surrounded by heavily armed security and a phalanx of taxpayer funded cops.

    BTW, why doesn’t aL CIA Duh or ISIS–Israeli Secret Intelligence Services–ever attack these target rich environment ceremonies?

    Or Pussy Riot, which likes to blaspheme churches and mosques, but never synagogues?

    Guess I better shut up before Mr. Unz gets a visit from the Google Thought Police Dept.

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  23. Another brilliant article from David Walsh on this latest plague of hysteria sweeping the nation.

  24. Did this fictional speaker just portray Roman Polanski as a victim?

  25. LarryS says:

    Hollywood needs “gun” control. Ban assault penises.

    Men without penises raped zero women today.

    • Replies: @grapesoda
  26. RobinG says:

    Right, and this year they’ve nominated “Last Men in Aleppo,” another US/NATO funded White Helmets entry. There should be a category for mind-numbing propaganda, which is what these psy-ops deserve.

    • Replies: @Robjil
    , @Ivy
  27. I have spent a good number of past tears gauging my choices of performances, music, screen plays, films, etc were the best of the previous tears faire. i found it interesting, fun, funny, irritating enlightening and ever rocked with controversy. But as disconcerting as the “meetoo” advances along with its various tentacles.

    While the Oscars during the later part of our involvement with Vietnam were issues. Probably Oscar event had as much salience to actual impact on lives as that which occurred during the 1950′s and its communists concerns. And i think the parallel appropriate. What gives it salience is the actual purging of that used a wide net based on rumor, , lies, false accusation, unsupported supposition and most importantly criminalize behaviors which were not criminal. In other words, being a communist, even if accurate was not against the law. And there why the reference to the Sen McCarthy hearings matter. The number of people treated as criminals for noncriminal behavior should be disconcerting to everyone. Further complicating those hears is the fact that by the time the Senator pressed for investigations, the actual spies had already been uncovered and dealt with.

    Because the Venona decryption made such information readily available. Interesting enough two women played a key role in uncovering the matter.

    One woman worked inside the CIA as a decoder.

    The second involves a story than run like . . . a Russian spy who’s counterpart and husband(?) passed away and his passing resulted in a drop in financial support by the Russians. The wife, disappointed, frustrated and angry simply walked into the office of the FBI and gave the entire matter up. With the information that followed, the spy operation was uncovered. Most of the spies operated in the Treasury department, so numerous that they occasionally ran into each other.

    So while Sen McCarthy was correct, his gambit was late and succeeding in a very tawdry affair with little actual value, but did damage the lives of citizens without cause. The scare was anticlimactic to actual events. I have no doubt that there is some misbehavior worthy of accountability — but the current scare may be far more damaging that what it seeks to redress. Hence the reasonable “McCarthy era” reference.

    • Disagree: Alden
  28. @Greg Bacon

    The FBI did that in the 1950′s with a vengeance. Hence the reference to that period.

  29. Note, I have not watched an Oscar events in more than 17 years save when my housemate calls me to see something in her opinion of note —

    and as routine, the In Memoriums.

  30. Corey Feldman names names of Hollywood pedophiles:

    Child actor Corey Feldman told police he was molested and who his abusers were more than 20 years ago but they did nothing about it, it was claimed today.

    The Goonies actor has opened up about the sexual abuse he suffered for years at the hands of ‘older men in Hollywood’ after his book Coreyography was released recently.

    In the book, Feldman recalls his often twisted friendship with fellow child star Corey Haim and how the pair were told by trusted adults that it was normal for older men and young boys to have sexual relations in the industry.

    He named their abusers as Ron, Tony, Burnham and Crimson — all pseudonyms.

    Comment: bet you won’t ever hear any Oscar winners feigning outrage about their
    Hollywood industry friends who are also pedophile queer boys.

  31. That said,

    Goodbye David Ogden Stiers, and condolences to his family and co-workers. And appreciate your volume of work — that survives you in very good stead.

    excuse the add on.

  32. Z-man says:

    If in the unlikely case that my fine scrip ever gets made into a movie and the even longer shot that I’m the winner of the original screenplay award I would come in with a black shirt and tie under tuxedo with a Palestinian flag scarfed around my neck and after thanking my mother and the people helping me get the movie done say something like…’My handlers have advised me to be politically correct but I cant help but say ‘Free Palestine’…and thanks for the award, go see it, it’s a great movie. (Grin)

    • Replies: @RobinG
    , @Alden
  33. RobinG says:

    When Vanessa Redgrave was nominated for an Oscar in 1978 for her role in Julia, members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), led by Rabbi Meir Kahane, burned effigies of Redgrave and picketed the Academy Awards ceremony to protest against her involvement in The Palestinian, [a documentary film, funded and narrated by Redgrave, about the situation of the Palestinians and the activities of the PLO].

    Redgrave’s performance in Julia received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Accepting the award, Redgrave thanked Hollywood for having “refused to be intimidated by the threats of a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums – whose behavior is an insult to the stature of Jews all over the world and to their great and heroic record of struggle against fascism and oppression.

    One biographer noted that “The scandal of her awards speech and the negative press it occasioned had a destructive effect on her acting opportunities that would last for years to come.”

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Z-man
  34. El Dato says:

    Never go up against Big Joo and his (oh no absolutely are not at all) fascist-mystic thugs.

  35. Z-man says:

    “…whose behavior is an insult to the stature of Jews all over the world and to their great and heroic record of struggle against fascism and oppression.”

    I would be wearing a black shirt in honor of my fascist/nationalist forbearers. (Grin)

    • Replies: @Alden
  36. Alden says:

    I’d send Randy Weaver whose wife and 14 year old son along with some others were murdered by a coalition of FBI ATFE scum because he modified a gun to accept my award.

    I don’t know much about guns. I think all he did was move a screw at the behest of an undercover ATFE POS.

  37. Alden says:

    500 armed city police officers are guarding the Dolby theater to guard these anti gun activists.
    They can’t draw them from the regular roster and leave the rest of the city without cops.

    So the taxpayers are paying them all overtime to work on their regular day off

  38. Art says:

    Oh my – the Jew dominate sexual cesspool of Hollywood is crying “victim.”

    Too Funny!

  39. Alden says:

    I’d wear a huge crucifix, not just a cross and madonnas embroidered on a big white skirt.

    • Agree: Z-man
  40. Robjil says:

    Thanks for the info Robin. When this Empire of terror in the west ends, the Nulandberg trials should begin. This Oscar “show” flimflam and many like them should be brought to justice at these trials for supporting crimes against humanity.

  41. Next year’s Best Picture winner will probably be called something like #MeNext a bodice-ripping story of plucky young actresses forced to submit to the lecherous advances of a Fagin-like movie producer in order to win Oscar-winning ingenue roles like Mary Poppins and Maria von Trapp.

    This ensemble-cast movie musical will be somewhat controversial due to featuring both nude scenes involving all the famous actresses of last 100 years and many well-choreographed song and dance numbers such as I’d Do Anything, Do-Me-Dear, Younger Than Springtime, and Big Boys Don’t Cry.

    • Replies: @Dr. Krieger
  42. Ricky Gervais would be the man for the job.

  43. They’re all Leftists. Just as they wish a person like me ill, I wish them all ill.
    I don’t care what happens to any of them.
    But wait, I’m sure someone will answer with the famous quote, “First they came for the X and I did not care, because I was not an X.”
    Well cram it with walnuts ugly. They’re already coming for me. I don’t use a pseudonym for no reason. I’m happy to have someone else pursued for a bit. Maybe I can get some rest.

  44. @Jonathan Mason

    And the Fagin-like movie producer will probably be a Gentile.
    Hollywood couldn’t tell the truth if it had to do so.

  45. RobinG says:

    “What odious depths of conformism and cowardice there are in Hollywood!”

    And complicity. They pump out CIA approved or commissioned storylines, and the demonizing of various cultures and ideologies. Also the small screen, where “24″ was developed explicitly to condition ‘Murkans to accept our use of torture.

    VANESSA REDGRAVE and an OSCAR to Remember…

    A winner denouncing the sexual witch hunt is almost as likely as publicly decrying the Zionist chokehold on the film industry. Forty years ago, pro-Israel zealots tried to shut out Vanessa Redgrave. Members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), led by Rabbi Meir Kahane, burned effigies of Redgrave and picketed the Academy Awards ceremony to protest her involvement in the 1977 documentary film, The Palestinian.

    Upon winning, Redgrave thanked Hollywood for having “refused to be intimidated by the threats of a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums…” But her remarks were condemned, and the destructive effect on her career was a clear warning to others.

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  46. grapesoda says:

    I’m sorry the boys never asked you to the dance, but in retrospect it was the right choice because you probably would have tried to cut their **** off

    • Replies: @LarryS
  47. @RobinG

    I in my view, Vanessa Redgrave had the last laugh and continues to laugh (not literally) to this day . . .

    Her legacy is ensured by her talent, performances and indelible fighting spirit.

    The difference between the political issues and “Metoo” is the potential criminal charges and perhaps even more damaging is the taint of personal indiscretion . . .

  48. Ivy says:

    The heartfelt tribute to veterans was so well received that the thunderous applause is still echoing through the theatre. The respect evident in those faces should translate into box office boffo next year, especially for the target audience of new Americans. If you got up close to the screen, you could almost feel the sincerity.

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  49. LarryS says:

    I guess the sarcasm and parody of a gun control meme was too subtle.

  50. @Ivy

    I have thought about this. When I first read this comment, I winced. And a day later, I remain unconvinced. I don’t buy that Hollywood is useless. In general Hollywood and I, are miles apart on nearly every issue. And while I would defend Ms Redgrave’s right to an opinion, a defense of her talent, does not mean agreement with her politics.

    With respect to the military tribute, I found it politically motivated. Even a bit shrift in content. They paid tribute to films about the military, but hardly the military itself.

  51. Svigor says:

    “Nobody moves, nobody gets hurt! You will be released after the regime meets our demands!”

    ~Oscars speech I’m holding out for.

  52. Technically speaking, the movie industry is probably not dying, but it is no longer important or influential in popular culture or thought, and movies have already been made of all the great books as well as a lot of lousy ones, so what we are seeing is the death throes of a once popular form of entertainment that sometimes rose to the level of art.

    I have not seen an Oscar awards ceremony for many years, in fact I probably have never seen one, but might have seen some clips, perhaps. Why would one want to? Since I do not work in the movie or entertainment business, I have no idea what constitutes a good acting performance from a technical point of view–all I can do is say that I kind of like a certain actor in a certain role, like Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins, or Tony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs, but I am certainly no judge of whether they were better or worse that other actors in popular movies of the same year. For all I know they may have forgotten their lines and required hundreds of takes.

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  53. @Jonathan Mason

    In judging everyone has their own standards and perspectives. But if one attends enough or sees enough films, one can may conclude based on their standards, and perspectives there’s a film that stands as the best.

    I thought it was fair game to remake Creature of the Black Lagoon with the antagonist as the protagonist, all well and fine. But the choice to have relations — over the top – even if to make a point. And even with that, the film itself was not all that compelling in too many ways predictable with villainous tropes and innocent misfits —

    —- Hollywood and the entire entertainment industry is powerful and it’s products influential. There is no getting around the nexus between corporate and social agendas. Hollywood is no longer just films. Anymore than news is just news. I think for anyone concerned about the ethos, polity and direction of the US, dismissing the impact of Hollywood is a mistake.

  54. As for any challenge to the events of 1950′s communists fear investigations in which the FBI, and police departments responded to the led, fed and prosecutions of US citizens being excessive take note of the following speech by Congress woman Chase. Take note especially of the date . . . 1950. She references the leaks about communist spies —- by the time the hearings rolled around, the matter had been addressed. And while there were certainly more spies, the hearings had little or no impact.

  55. Skeptikal says:
    @Greg Bacon

    I agree that The Shape of Water was really, really weird.
    A combo of sex with a lizard and sex with a superhero who is a lizard.
    I know there are folks out there who wondered what would happen is Lois Lane and Superman ever actually got together . . .
    The plot line had little internal consistency or logic.
    Like, why didn’t the guy with the severed fingers go to a doctor to check up on them?
    What was thepoint of his ripping off the fingers when he did?
    Why didn’t the dumb girl take the dumb lizard to the harbor at high tide?
    But wait! How come a lizard whose habitat is the Amazon River needs a saline solution to survive?
    But what happened to that saline solution when Sally Hawkins fills her whole bathroom with water?
    If “Fingers” is right and SuperLizard is “a god,” then why can’t SuperL cure Sally Hawkins’s muteness?
    And what about the utter cliche of the understanding older black woman character?
    Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Streep—all are reduced to playing themselves over and over again.
    And, by the way, has anyone noticed the “deus ex machina” gambit in this film, in Three Billboreds I mean -boards, in Call Me by Your Name?

    The only really good, honest film among the whole lot was Lady Bird.
    And its “inclusion” theme was far better integrated and character-driven than in the other contenders that I saw.
    Saoirse Ronan (sp?) is a brilliant young actress who can go anywhere that Streep can (in terms of her acting ability), and further, but without the political grandstanding BS. She and the director and writer, Greta Gerwig, deserved to get the prizes.


  56. Skeptikal says:
    @Greg Bacon

    Why now?
    Because of Trump.
    He is the real target.

  57. Skeptikal says:

    ” HRs all over the country decide its
    just too risky to hire White Herero

    that doesn’t really make much sense to me.
    There is a strong Jewish cast to all of this. I mean, the perps.
    But of course one is not allowed to say that.
    Although someone has written extensively about this point. Perhaps at the Unz Review.
    I cannot recall.

  58. bjondo says:

    Charter schools are bull shit. I went to public school. No union. School unions are where and predominantly controlled by …?

  59. bjondo says:

    Change award name from ‘Oscar’ to ‘Weinswine’. Replace current gold statue with a hog made of shit.

    Everyone goes in naked from chin to toe. ‘Men’ and feminists wear pink pussy yarmalukes. The LBJSQS wear each other.

  60. sayless says:
    @El Dato

    El Dato, “outragettes” is superb, thank you.

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