Hollywood Liberals Used for Target Practice at Oscar's
|Did you notice the barely polite applause and less than enthusiastic laughs that the emcee, John Stewart, got at the Academy Awards? Perhaps they were expecting him to do the standard inside jokes and aim barbs at the usual targets of the Hollywood elite. What they often got were arrows aimed at them. He pointed out that the audience was largely out of touch with the rest of America, and far too absorbed with an inflated sense of their own importance. He started by remarking that the Oscar telecast was a rare "place where you can watch all your favorite stars without having to donate any money to the Democratic Party." He followed up with this:|
"I'm from New York and I've been here a week and a half. A lot of people say this town is too liberal. Out of touch with mainstream America. A modern day beachfront Sodom and Gomorrah. A black hole where innocence is obliterated. An endless orgy of sexual gratification and greed.”
"I don't really have a joke here...and I just thought you should know a lot of people are saying that."
He joked that the Oscar's were the first time many of them had “voted for a winner.”
They did not like it. George Clooney, the darling of the Hollywood left, tried to rebut Stewart's comments with a defense that rested on his being “proud of being out of touch”. He was proud because they were so advanced and knew better than the rest of America, who might eventually catch up to Hollywood's progressive thinking. He sighted several examples of how Hollywood had bravely pioneered social issues in the past.
As if in response, after a montage of pictures that centered on political and social issues, Stewart dryly quipped, “And none of those issues were ever a problem again.” Stewart had other jokes about the Cheney hunting accident, and the press. But the audience in the Kodak theater got more than they bargained for.
Later in the night Stewart asked the cameras to point to a huge statue of the Oscar image above the stage. In obvious reference to the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein, he said, "Do you think if we all got together and pulled this down, democracy would flourish in Hollywood?" Want to take odds on his being asked to come back next year?