I think we’re all sick of watching rich celebrities in expensive suits and glittery dresses, adorned with jewels it would take three or four paychecks to afford, tell us what’s right and wrong as they are chin deep in the worst kinds of scandals and immorality.
But sadly, political grandstanding is a proud Hollywood tradition for the left. But it’s a proud tradition that costs them their audience. Award show ratings have been nothing short of disastrous with 2018’s Grammys and Oscars losing 24 percent and 16 percent of their audience from last year respectively.
People are just tired of tuning in and getting preached at, and that’s the been the story for a long time. However, back in the 70’s, this was a lot less tolerated than it is today. In fact, one Hollywood legend got so fed up with the political proselytizing of leftist celebrities, that he took a moment to say so live on stage.
Back in 1978, actress Vanessa Redgrave won the Oscar for for Best Supporting Actress in the film Julia. Redgrave accepted her Oscar, but took a moment to attack Jewish protesters who were angry over her documentary The Palestinian. This documentary took a sympathetic angle in its story about the Palestinian terrorist group, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), which is responsible for the slaughter of innocent lives, including Israeli athletes and school children.
Redgrave called those protesting her “Zionist hoodlums” to boos from the crowd, and attacked Republican figures to disapproving murmurs from the crowd. Fascinating was the fact that she then swore to fight against antisemitism, which is the very thing she promoted in her documentary and on that very stage.
This was a bit too much for Paddy Chayefsky, a legendary playwright and screenwriter, who took the stage to call out for a stop to the ridiculous political grandstanding that was happening at these award shows, and to call out Redgrave personally for her foolishness.
“I would like to say — personal opinion, of course — that I am sick and tired of people exploiting the occasion of the Academy Awards for the propagation of their own personal political propaganda,” said Chayefsky to massive applause.
“I would like to suggest to Ms. Redgrave that her winning an Academy Award is not a pivotal moment in history, it does not require a proclamation, and a simple “thank you” would’ve sufficed,” he added.
The applause he received for this was massive.
If this was said today, Chayefsky may have been greeted with boos as Redgrave was, or perhaps he would have gotten some awkward silence in return, but rest assured that in American living rooms there would have been cheering and applauding that would be heard next door.
Hollywood needs a little more Chayefsky, and a lot less Redgrave.