Hey, who’s up for several hours of celebrities droning on about politics and how their audiences are idiots for their electoral choices? Anyone?
The article went into ratings for this year’s Emmys, then:
If this firms up in final ratings, it will surpass 2016 as the worst-rated Emmys of all time, and 2016 surpassed the previous low, and so on.
In fact, as Newsweek pointed out yesterday, the Emmys have lost 50% of their audience since 2013 and the lowest ratings since 1990, and last night’s extravaganza certainly didn’t turn the ship around.
One could blame the plethora of TV choices viewers have, including streaming, but those didn’t arrive only in 2014. Consumers have had lots of choice for two decades or more, and yet the sharp decline only started in the past few years. Why?
And so it goes on:
No one is under any delusion that Hollywood’s political and cultural environment matches with that of broader America, except perhaps Hollywood itself.
Rather than take a night off to celebrate their own accomplishments and promote their own products, they spend it on a political rally that demeans a majority of the people they supposedly want to entertain with “distractions.”
Small wonder that the only people showing up to spend several hours slogging through self-congratulations interrupted by political lecturing are almost all those who are already singing in the choir — and that their numbers keep declining.
Just a thought but there are films which only a left liberal or feminazi would want to see in the first place and for sane people to boycott it might not dip ratings all that much.
But then there are films which any political point of view might still wish to see, e.g. the James Bonds but slowly the message comes over in the films, in the talkfests before, at the premieres and people of our political persuasion start to see that this is ALL we’re ever going to effing get – heavy handed politics – and so what’s happening to the Emmys starts to happen across the board.
And Hollywood loses whatever clout it may have had.
Yet a look back at a film of yesteryear shows that we often didn’t think all that much of the political side because we were watching the human drama and the actors. Even a political film like All the President’s Men got away with a lot because of the high drama and some universal truths about the Washington swamp which anyone could agree with, be it GOP or Dem.
But we’re now in such a highly politicized atmosphere that anything at all is going to be sensed by us … or by them. Us and them – diametric opposites who want nowt to do with one another, to the point we can’t even stand the other’s way of putting things.
And unfortunately, the left still make the films.
I’ve mentioned Perry Mason before – loved the books, liked many of the shows but today, the later series have become near impossible to watch – the leftism was laid on with a trowel. Such a pity.
Which leaves us with nothing worth watching.
An example on TV was Spitting Image, seen as the best of political satire by many and though they lambasted Thatcher and Major, the puppets and what they did also made fun of Labour and LibDems, so that was all right.
It was only after the series suddenly ended that one realized that the reason it ended was Blair and Labour who could not be criticized. Then one looked back and realized there weren’t too many on the Labour side – maybe Kinnock – who really got it in the neck.
Of course, the left said that that was rubbish but all the same, the timing of the end was mighty convenient, just like John Smith’s demise in 1994:
The final series was in January and February 1996, with the final episode featuring “The Last Prophecies of Spitting Image” in which Labour moved into Number 10.
Then again, is there anything remotely funny about Blair?