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Last night was the 2018 Oscars – also known as “The Academy Awards.” I don’t know what happened when I mentioned the Oscars were on tonight, but my husband Scott unleashed a tirade of … well, after a grilled burger and a couple Coronas, he let loose as follows and it ain’t pretty:
Our society is so screwed up! Millions are spent on awards shows. They’re all the same…. Tonight we’ll roll out yet another red carpet, so overpaid actors and actresses in their designer duds and diamonds can strut down and bark their latest opinion to the rest of America. I’d rather watch paint dry somewhere!
Oh, he was just getting started….
People like Meryl Streep who have it so hard — we roll out an actual red carpet for people like Robert DeNiro and Alec Baldwin who just bash America and our President. Every awards show is another political whinefest with the latest complaint taking center stage instead of gracefully accepting a gold statue for your performance and thanking your lucky stars that you’re in a free country where you can express your endless dissatisfaction with [fill in the blank] the headline of the day.
It’s the same way with these overpaid, bloviating, opinionated athletes — we pay them millions to take a knee and talk about civil rights, while they park their Mercedes or Ferrari in front of their mansions — how are they suffering? What are they doing for struggling communities — the drugs and poverty — taking a knee while taking their millions to the bank? Oh right … that’s someone else’s job.
Why can’t we have an awards show and roll out the Red Carpet for soldiers who diffused a bomb in a war zone, or stopped a car from blowing up in a public square, or who picked up a wounded child from an attack and administered CPR? We never hear about that! They deserve to walk down a Red Carpet and be applauded and receive an award!
We roll out the Red Carpet for people who have no idea what a tough day is. How about an awards show where we roll out a red carpet for the best doctors and researchers who are making progress in fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases? They deserve to walk the red carpet. You never hear about them. They quietly go about their lifesaving research behind the scenes.
How about EMTs who pull people out of car wrecks, or save a drowning victim, or firefighters who rush into a burning building at their own risk to pull out a family and the family pets? Do they get to walk a red carpet? Hell no!
I’d rather watch paint dry until Hollywood gets its priorities straight!