The television ratings for the Oscars continue to be stuck in the mud.
The 2023 awards show didn’t even include a shocking slap to generate buzz.
But one Hollywood actress used her Oscar speech to trash Don Lemon for this reason.
The Academy Awards have become more and more predictable each year.
Like how the movie that’s the most “woke” usually wins.
This year, that honor went to Everything Everywhere All at Once, which swept all the major award categories.
Michelle Yeoh, who won Best Actress, took a not-so-subtle jab at CNN’s Don Lemon during her acceptance speech.
Yeoh said, “Thank you. Thank you. For all the little boys and girls who look like me, watching tonight, this is the beacon of hope and possibilities. This is proof that dreams—dream big and dreams do come true. And ladies, don’t let anybody tell you you are ever past your prime. Never give up.”
Lemon recently got in hot water for saying Nikki Haley was “past year prime” at 51-years-old.
The incident was so embarrassing, Lemon got yanked off the air for a few days and there was even some scuttlebutt that CNN was preparing to fire him.
Funnily enough, in CNN’s post-coverage of the Oscars, the network conveniently cut out the “And ladies, don’t let anybody tell you you are ever past your prime” part of Yeoh’s speech.
And Lemon tried to save face by suggesting Yeoh’s speech was recompense for the “anti-Asian hate” incidents that had occurred in some cities.
“I thought it was particularly reaffirming, especially for Asian-American actors, or just Asian-Americans in the country, considering I was in California covering the shootings there and the killings there. And every — all of the anti-Asian hate that has been going on in the country, especially since Covid. I thought it was a really important and reaffirming moment for Asian-Americans. And I hope that, you know, they feel it in this country and that everyone does,” Lemon said.
Another time during the Oscars, co-director Daniel Scheinert made a bizarre political statement in support of drag kids.
Scheinert said, “This one is dedicated to the mommies of the world, to our moms, specifically my mom and dad, thank you for not squashing my creativity when I was making really disturbing horror films or really perverted comedy films or dressing in drag as a kid, which is a threat to nobody!”
Ironically, Scheinert is making an argument more in line with laws passed by Republican legislators.
Scheinert’s parents could’ve been accused of not “gender-affirming” if he were raised in today’s culture.
Instead, they assumed he was going through a phase, but now “watchful waiting” is considered transphobic.
Overall, the 2023 Oscars were uneventful.