Hollywood loves to position itself as equal parts courageous and rebellious, yet, they’ve thrown in the towel when it comes to selecting a host for the Oscars telecast this year.
Apparently, there was simply nobody in Tinseltown who could crack jokes while remaining sensitive and politically correct.
Could it be that a number of worthy candidates looked at the Oscars hosting gig and thought, who needs the aggravation?
One little slip-up, one quip deemed “transphobic” or “Islamphobic” or phobo-phobic, and the social media universe would go supernova with calls for boycotts and apologies.
Never mind that Hart doesn’t do that routine anymore, and forget his apology wherein he said he was a changed man. Murderers and terrorists get second chances, but if you commit the crime of political-incorrectness, you are and will remain… Unforgiven.
The hyper-sensitivity in Oscar-Land began in 2016 when Academy Awards host, Chris Rock, inexplicably caused outrage with a now-infamous 19-second bit that was, if anything, flattering to some minorities.
I know. It’s Complicated.
I’ve thought of a way we can wrap up the Academy Awards show in less than half-an-hour. Sure it would be joke-free, music-free and entertainment-free, but at least it would be PC inoffensive.