Hollywood awards shows have become a cesspool of political propaganda.
Self-serving actors and filmmakers parade across the stage to deliver their particular brand of left-wing sermonizing.
But one awards show did something different and the results were surprising.
Hollywood elites are great at making films, but very few of them know what they’re talking about when it comes to politics. That doesn’t stop them from acting as if they’re policy wonks and preachers rolled into one.
Since the election of Donald Trump, Hollywood leftists have been triggered beyond belief.
The leftist rancor might’ve reached a fever pitch at this year’s Tony Awards ceremony when Andrew Garfield implored Christian bakers to make cakes for gay weddings (referencing the recently-adjudicated case in Colorado).
Garfield received a standing ovation for his “bravery,” but he was outdone by Robert De Niro’s lazy attack on Donald Trump that consisted of, “F*ck Trump!”
In De Niro’s defense, at least he didn’t waste more of everyone’s time with his speech.
Even liberals like Tina Fey have complained about the over-the-top politicization of the awards shows in recent years:
Tina Fey is slamming the Oscars and told Howard Stern on Thursday: “Half way through I was like, this is real Hollywood bulls***!” Fey was a presenter at Sunday’s award show and was apparently seething at the non-stop political content.
However, the MTV Awards did something nobody expected. They avoided nonsensical political rants and sermons about climate change, gun control, or any other leftist cause du jour.
In the past, the MTV Awards has pandered to the younger audience by trotting out a teen to regurgitate Democratic talking points, but that wasn’t on the agenda this year.
The awards show focused on a novel concept: entertainment.
The move was a success, as ratings for the show was up. Meanwhile, other politically-charged awards shows have seen porous ratings of late.
Per Variety, the MTV Awards saw a 21 percent increase in viewership over last year’s telecast, totaling 3.371 viewers. The show also saw a 20 percent increase in the 18 to 34 demographic and a 21 percent jump in the 18 to 49 demographic.
The event was a breath of fresh air, and perhaps the more (allegedly) mature awards shows should take a cue from MTV.
However, one actor did deliver a truly brave speech. Chris Pratt unabashedly expressed his faith in God, which usually engenders an eye roll—or far worse—in leftist Hollywood.
The “Jurassic Park” star said:
“God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do… Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it’s so good for your soul.”
Usually messaging that could be seen on the 700 Club does not go over well in Hollywood circles, but Pratt received rousing cheers.
Conversely, British actor Gary Oldman professed his gratitude and appreciation for America at the 2018 Oscars, and the entire audience sat on their hands.
The awards shows are a great bellwether for just how far left Hollywood has moved. In 1973, Marlon Brando refused to show up to the Oscars.
Instead, he sent Sacheen Littlefeather, a member of a Native American activist group, to refuse his award for “The Godfather” due to the alleged mistreatment of Native Americans in Hollywood.
The crowd booed the political theater.
In 1978, actress Vanessa Redgrave was booed for a harangue in which she referred to a group of Israelis as “Zionist hoodlums.”
Oscar-winning screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky blasted Redgrave in a famous rant: “I’m sick and tired of people exploiting the occasion of the Academy Awards for the propagation of their own personal political propaganda.”
Chayefsky drew wild cheers from the crowd.
But times have changed. Today, Sacheen Littlefeather would be fêted with bouquets, Redgrave would be applauded, and Chayefsky would be denounced.
The left wants to politicize everything, but audiences are repellent to that type of society.
Hopefully, the tack employed by the MTV Awards can act as a sea of change.