I joked the other night that I wouldn’t be watching the Oscars because it wouldn’t be political enough. The joke being of course that Hollywood is overwhelmingly against Donald Trump, and anyone who goes against the narrative can expect to be exiled.
In total there were no fewer than fifteen attacks on Trump or his family during the Oscars. Among those moments were when:
- Show host Jimmy Kimmel noted the Oscars broadcast was being watched “by more than 225 countries that now hate us,” thanks to Trump.
- Kimmel thanked Trump for bringing Hollywood together — “Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?” he asked. “That’s gone, thanks to him.”
- Kimmel welcomed Isabelle Huppert, a French actress who was nominated for best actress: “I’m glad Homeland Security let you in tonight. I really am,” he joked.
- Kimmel referred to Trump’s calling actress Meryl Streep “overrated” after her anti-Trump speech during the Golden Globe and led the audience in a standing ovation for the actress.
- Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal criticized Trump’s promise to build a wall. “As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I am against any form of wall that wants to separate us,” he said.
- Barry Jenkins, the director of the film Moonlight, which (eventually) won Best Picture, promised to help people suffering during Trump’s presidency: “All you people out there who feel like there’s no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back; the ACLU has your back; we have your back; and for the next four years, we will not leave you alone. We will not forget you,” he said.
And of course, there were no voices in support of the president…. which is the exact opposite of what happened when Obama was in office, of course.
Anti-Trump activism was hardly the only political activism to be seen at the Oscars. Would you believe that liberals are still trying to milk the death of Trayvon Martin for political gain? According to the BET:
The Oscars have been dominating Twitter timelines all day today [February 26th], and for good reason: an unprecedented number of Black filmmakers and actors have been nominated for awards. However, today also marks the 5-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin‘s death.
Prior to the Oscars airing live on television this evening, a handful of Hollywood’s finest dedicated their social media feeds to honoring the memory of the teenager’s life as well as reflect on the #BlackLivesMatter movement that carries on today.
Prior to leaving for the Oscars, Ava DuVernay was among those who took a moment to reflect on Trayvon Martin, sharing her special memorial hoodie an adding the caption, “Our hoodies are still up and the movement is still strong.”
Here are the photos of a number of the celebrities I’ve never heard of before who showed their support:
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 26, 2017
They DO realize there was a reason that George Zimmerman was acquitted, don’t they? I’m sure they play a game where the rules are “heads I win, tails you use,” in that if George Zimmerman was found guilty, it would be proof of his alleged racism, while him being found innocent is “proof” of alleged racism within the criminal justice system.