Hart: Laud, laud, the celebrity award season begins

Hart: Laud, laud, the celebrity award season begins

January 12th, 2018 by Ron Hart in Opinion Columns

Host Seth Meyers at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 7.

Photo by Paul Drinkwater

Seth Meyers personified the predictably smug and self-congratulatory Golden Globes Awards on Sunday. The Golden Globes ceremony is the January ritual that kicks off the actors' awards season, where actors give each other awards and which lasts through November. It is good to see these stars finally getting some recognition.

These award shows are the only way to see that many Hollywood stars together eating, drinking and mocking Middle America without donating to a $25,000-a-plate Harvey Weinstein Democrat National Committee fundraiser.

From the way celebs attack Trump in lockstep, I am not entirely sure that the statuettes they hand out this awards season do not depict John Wilkes Booth.

For being part of an industry that lauded and harbored Harvey Weinstein for 30 years, they seem so happy with themselves. They admire their own courage for the hashtags they re-tweeted this year: #MeToo. They all got together and wore black, which was a huge personal sacrifice because some of them look better in red couture.

Ron Hart

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There is nothing heroic or noble about kicking Harvey Weinstein now that he's down. The real cowardly act was doing nothing for decades about this "open secret" in Hollywood. If they want to be like sports, take away the Oscars and other awards from actresses who slept with Weinstein to get roles. The entertainment business should apologize for Harvey Weinstein, and whoever wrote that equally tormenting Kars4Kids jingle.

Beside getting the memo to wear black, actors who predictably and viciously attacked Trump in their self-righteous tone pre-planned not to trash Trump too much at this awards ceremony. The calculus was that the late-night comics viciously forego humor and attack the president every night in their monologues, and because we expected that most would feel sorry for Trump, they didn't attack too much.

If there is a Best Actor Award, it should be for all the latenight comics like Meyers, who "act" like they are not some DNC Super PAC using the public airways to promote their political agendas and savage the GOP. Sadly, there is no way to not be bombarded with smug Trump- or GOP-bashing propaganda on TV these days.

When you hate and call 51 percent of the country "stupid," even Hollywood execs know it is getting tiresome and chose not to do it on prime-time network TV. Perhaps seeing what has happened to the NFL ratings of late, they made a business decision on this one.

I get that Hollywood, the epicenter for sexual harassment, has a much-needed platform for addressing this problem. Except for Judge Roy Moore (probably a political hit job given the timing) and George Herbert Walker Bush, the 90-something-year-old former president who is accused of groping a woman from his wheelchair, by my calculations 90 percent of those accused of sexual misconduct are leftist Democrats.

It is their proud history of the Party of Ted Kennedy (the Chappaquiddick swim champion), Bill Clinton and Anthony Weiner that they can see that women took a back seat to men. The narrative the leftists advance is that their GOP opponents wage a "war on women." Recent events add to the long list of reasons that this "war on women" narrative is simply manufactured leftist dogma.

In fact, there are so many lefties caught up in last year's tidal wave of the trendy worry of #MeToo, I thought the "In Memoriam" section of the awards show would list all the actors and directors whose careers died over sexual misconduct allegations.

All this light being shined on sexual harassment and "casting couches" in Hollywood is good for women. It is just the smug, self-laudatory way stars did it on Sunday that makes me feel not so good about the way they deflect this. Stars have always been held to a different standard; there are two sets of rules, one for us and one for them. For example, a woman in New York was arrested and charged with pimping out her daughter for "lewd and sexual purposes," yet inexplicably Billy Ray Cyrus remains a free man.

Contact Ron Hart, an op-ed humorist and author at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @RonaldHart on Twitter.

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