Monday, February 29, 2016

Headline of the Day

Piers Morgan in The Daily Mail:

I don't watch the Oscars to get harangued about racism, rape, sex abuse, greedy bankers, global warming and gay rights. I watch to be entertained. If you want to preach at us, darlings, get into politics


Larry Sheldon said...

I HATE it when I agree with Piers Morgan.

Stuart Schneiderman said...

We all do.

priss rules said...

"I don't watch the Oscars to get harangued about racism, rape, sex abuse, greedy bankers, global warming and gay rights. I watch to be entertained. If you want to preach at us, darlings, get into politics."

But the Oscars have long been about making speeches and sending uplifting messages.
After all, the Academy Awards are supposed to be about the industry's celebration of 'art' and 'truth' than mere entertainment and profits.

And Hollywood sure makes a lot of sanctimonious movies about good vs evil.

As they say, everything is political.

More troubling is that News has turned into entertainment.

Ares Olympus said...

People watch the Oscars?!

I must have got distracted by John Oliver skewering Donald Drumpf just in time for Super Tuesday. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump

I'm unable to imagine what a Trump supporter would hear when facts are presented so brutally. Maybe all us Trump haters are just jealous?

Dennis said...

I will pay attention to these sanctimonious people when they start living what they pontificate about. Since that is not going to happen I will not actually care about what they have to say. Most of the films are poorly made and the acting is worse. I suspect that is why most of these people feel guilty and need something to make them feel like they are actually doing something important.
It has to be unsettling when one is playing people of substance and not being people of substance themselves. When one is acting they get enough retakes to seem credible whereas in real life one normally only has one chance to respond to the risks, challenges and exigencies of life.

Sam L. said...

John Oliver, AE? Why would I believe what he says?

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Sam L. @March 1, 2016 at 10:58 AM:

Because when Ares Olympus is done watching Bill Maher, he doesn't have to leave HBO... he gets still more wisdom from John Oliver!

Ares Olympus said...

Sam L and IAC, I'm way too cheap to ever have HBO or cable, but lots is online these days.

Is there reason we should doubt John Oliver? I've yet to out fact check Oliver's staff, but someday, perhaps I'll find an error. Of course cherry-picking unrelated facts to suggest a nonexistent pattern is always game for entertainers.

Snopes is on the case of the family name at least...
On 2 September 2015, the New York Daily News was one of the outlets reporting on's release of multiple historical records of prominent families. Several of the documents belonged to the Trump family:
His paternal granddad — who came to America at 16 with little more than a name he later changed — lived a true rags-to-riches life, leaving his widow and three kids a modest fortune when he died, new records show.

Fred Trump, born Friedrich Drumpf, in Kallstadt, Germany, in 1869, had an estate worth $500,000 in today’s dollars when he died in Queens on May 30, 1918, at age 49.

WHAT'S TRUE: The surname "Trump" originally was "Drumpf."
WHAT'S FALSE: Donald Trump was once named "Donald Drumpf."
WHAT'S Undetermined: When "Drumpf" became "Trump" chronologically.

Anonymous said...

This is pretty rich coming from Piers Morgan.

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n.n said...

The Oscars, schools, television, movies, government, etc. The pro-choice doctrine of selective exclusion, abortion rites, cannibalistic trials, class diversity, mass exodus (e.g. excessive and illegal immigration), progressive wars, prophetic "science", etc. is the basis of a liberal orthodoxy under the state-established cult. The cries for "separation of church and state" are an inside joke.