Sunday, March 4, 2018

They All Knew

Tonight, at the 90th Academy Awards, Hollywood elitists draped in clothing worth millions of dollars in an auditorium festooned like the Palace at Versailles will sneer condescendingly at the rest of us touting what they fervently believe are the best policies for this country.
These narcissistic, overprotected, overprivileged simps with their self-important and hysterical responses to the 2016 presidential election will use the Dolby Theatre stage to espouse criticism of President Trump, gun ownership and hype the #MeToo movement.
The irony is palpable.  Hollywood is rife with violence, pornography and squalid politics.  The dark underbelly of the film industry has been the focus of guerilla street artists like Sabo and Plastic Jesus.  In the case of Sabo, he put up three billboards in downtown LA.  One read: “And the Oscar for biggest pedophile goes to…”  Another says, “We all knew and still no arrests” and the third read, “Name names on stage or shut the hell up!”
Plastic Jesus installed a life-sized Harvey Weinstein statue seated on a golden casting couch on Hollywood Boulevard near the site of the Oscars to highlight the entertainment industry’s sexual misconduct crisis.
The casting couch has been in existence since 1912 when Universal Pictures became the first major studio.  Women somehow made their peace for most of their careers with this uncomfortable reality that was known to practically everybody.  Parading around on the red carpet in evening gowns split down to their navels and up their thighs almost to their lady parts is not an effective form of protest.
Jimmy Kimmel, former host of “The Man Show” and the “Juggy Talent Show”, has never been made to answer for the shameless, over-the-top sexism of groping women on camera, making fun of their weight, mortifying them on the street and objectifying them on trampolines on his “Man Show”. 
Kimmel, who has been dubbed “America’s Conscience”, will be making his second appearance as the host of tonight’s shit show.  He has never been critical of Weinstein saying only, “[he’s] not a friend of mine.  I’m not in the movie business.”
His selection was an arrogant, tone-deaf choice in the era of #MeToo and Times Up.  Hypocrisy, thy name is Jimmy Kimmel.

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