Oscars boycott

Oscars Boycott: A Promising Idea

Some Trump supporters are considering an Oscars boycott; perhaps you should too.

An Oscars boycott was considered by at least some known Trump supporters. According to the Telegraph:

It should be a glittering celebration of artistic endeavour where the women dazzle in designer gowns and men look sharp in their well-cut dinner jackets.

But this year’s Oscars are more likely to be remembered for what is said than what is worn.

Just over a month into the presidency of Donald Trump, hostilities are expected to be resumed between the new incumbent of the Oval Office and America’s entertainment industry.

Mr Trump, perhaps conveniently, will not be watching as he and the First Lady will be attending the Governors’ Ball in Washington.

But his supporters have already made it clear that they will have no truck with people they regard as “Limousine Liberals”.

A Facebook post originated by Republicans in Arizona has called on the “backbone and decent people of America” to stand up against the “bitter people of the entertainment industry”.

The group hopes its supporters will hit the television ratings by voting with their remote controls should Mr Trump come under attack during the acceptance speeches. The political sympathies of nearly all the nominees suggest that this is possible.

The Telegraph headline calls this an Oscars boycott, meaning a boycott in response to the Oscars.

Kudos to whoever came up with the term, “bitter people of the entertainment industry.” That is no exaggeration!

In fact, threatening a boycott in the hope to deter Trump bashing will obviously not work. The “bitter people” are far too overwhelmed with delusions. Opposition only give them a demented rationale for feeling like martyrs for righteousness. In any case, calling for violence to raving applause is already too much. Trying to get these lunatics to restrain themselves is a dim hope. They’re too addicted to the euphoria of self-righteousness.

In general, I don’t approve of boycotts because they rely on the idea of winners and losers in the marketplace. You don’t “support” a company or industry by purchasing their products or services, any more than they support you. Depriving them of your business may hurt you more than it hurts them.

But I think something like a boycott is going to happen, not because conservatives are going to “organize” an Oscars boycott, but because the entertainment industry has just massively reduced the quality of their product.

To understand this, imagine two scenarios:

Scenario One: You watch a play.

Scenario Two: You watch a play in which you are aware that every actor hates you and wants to hurt you.

Assume it’s the same play in both scenarios. Which scenario are you more likely to pay for? Which scenario are you going to be willing to sacrifice a couple of hours of your life for?

Hollywood has turned 2017 into what I predict will be an unfavorable year due to customers not wanting to pay or give up time for Scenario Two.

And in today’s technological environment, they don’t even have to entirely give up entertainment. All they have to do is wait until movies are available on DVD and check them out from their local library.

That simple change will have a dramatic impact on movie sales and leave conservatives with more money in their pockets. Indeed, consuming media less often could have other positive consequences. What in 2017 was the year that we started reading more? What if friends got together to talk to one another rather than watch movies?

Life would be better!

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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