This Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards had three things going for it: It was the 75th anniversary, there was great curiosity over who would dare to not wear black, and Oprah Winfrey gave a speech so earth-shattering that Reese Witherspoon likened it in importance to the birth of Christ.
In fact, three Hollywood women had to defend their reasoning for not wearing black on the red carpet in solidarity with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements against sexual abuse in the entertainment industry. And Oprah’s speech was so inspiring that Hollywood and the news media were begging her to officially announce a 2020 presidential run.
But most of America, apparently, didn’t care. The ratings for the Golden Globes hit a six-year low Sunday night, according to Deadline. And according to data from Statista on ratings from 1994 to 2017, viewership has been down over the past ten years compared to the previous ten years.
So why did the Globes strike out this year? One possibility could be the “blackout” itself, as Hollywood figures scrambled over each other to be the loudest in protesting abuses in their own industry.
Many conservatives — especially Faith Family America readers — see mass hypocrisy amidst Hollywood icons who are recoiling in horror at the recent exposure of widespread sexual abuses when such behavior has been deeply ingrained — and covered up — in the entertainment industry for decades. This revulsion emitting from the mouths of entertainers is also coming from an industry whose celebrities have preached morality to the masses in recent years while participating in the types of movies and TV shows that many conservatives have argued are degrading the moral fibers of America.
Conservatives have also long been turned-off by the increasing use of the awards platform for political tirades, especially after liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore went on an anti-Bush rant at the Oscars in 2003. The 2018 Globes were no exception.
In what The New Yorker dubbed “a decisive feminist takeover,” woman after woman — and some men — made liberal feminist statements up on stage, suggesting to the audience that they were battling an awards show, industry, and nation that are still incredibly sexist against women.
Conservative media analyst Mark Dice pointed out several of those moments on Tuesday.
“People in this room worked really hard to get here, but it’s clearer now than ever before that the women had to work even harder,” Globes host and late-night comedian Seth Meyers intoned to the audience. “So thank you for all the amazing work that you’ve all done, that you continue to do. I look forward to you leading us into whatever comes next. So, thank you so much for letting me say that.”
Meyers didn’t stop there, later exclaiming to the amusement of the crowd, “And now to present our first awards — oh, please don’t be two white dudes, please don’t be two white dudes.”
Then when Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) and Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) got up on stage to present the “Best Actress” award, Chastain said, “I’m so happy to announce that the winner of this category will also receive the 23% of her salary that went missing in the wage gap.”
“That’s true. That’s correct,” agreed Hemsworth.
Geena Davis (“Thelma & Louise”) and Susan Sarandon joked that the five “Best Actor” nominees “have agreed to give half of their salary back so the women can make more than them.”
Then Natalie Portman topped off the show during the announcement for the “Best Director” nominees by saying, “And here are the all-male nominees.”
Director Ron Howard, standing next to her, gave what sounded like a very forced laugh in response.
What do you think about all of this? Elsewhere in southern California, it’s mayhem again as rain is causing burnt hillsides to liquify into mudslides, trapping people and destroying homes.