On Tuesday, President Trump slapped Hollywood by explaining the abysmal ratings for the Oscars– and noting that the only true star out there was him.Lowest ranked Oscars in HISTORY. Issue is, we
don’t have Stars anymore- other than your President( just joking, of course )!– Donald J. Trump( @realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018 The fact, of course, is that Trump is. Trump is ratings magic. The media know it
. Hollywood knows it. If you could book either Brad Pitt or Donald Trump on a morning program, you know who you ‘d select. And part of that is Hollywood’s fault. Hollywood deals with political leaders as celebrities– Barack Obama being the most apparent example.With that said, Trump’s medical diagnosis is off: it’s not that we have no stars anymore(though we don’t have bankable stars in the way
we when did ), it’s that the Oscars do not include those stars. The Oscars function off-brand films that no one has actually seen. And that’s a reflection of elitism in the industry.As my pal Andrew Klavan regularly says, one of the indications of a dying industry is a mewling self-obsession. And Hollywood is consumed with its own significance, which is why it chooses the least popular movies– to show everybody in America that they aren’t as advanced and chichi as their cultural betters. It’s likewise why Hollywood likes movies about Hollywood. Their huge moneymakers, obviously, are films that transport us to various times and locations. However Hollywood looks down its nose at those motion pictures– unless, naturally, they’re filled with intersectional politics. Hollywood uses us as revenue drifts for their greater goal: propaganda smeared with the patina of art.That’s why individuals are tuning out of the Oscars. It’s why no Oscar-winning movie since 2004 has actually completed in the leading 10 at the box office. And it’s why the Oscar slide will not reverse itself anytime soon.