What is it about being an Oscar-winning actor that makes a person think their moment of professional recognition is a green-light to lecture the rest of society? I can’t think of a another profession that does this.
If my boss called my department into a room and presented me with a plaque distinguishing me as Employee of the Year, I don’t think it would occur to me to address the socialist influences which have defined the Obama administration and how much I detest Nancy Pelosi. In fact, I’m pretty sure that, if I did, they would take the plaque back. Regardless of whether they agreed with my views or not, taking advantage of such a moment to espouse my views on unrelated topics would be highly inappropriate.
Even among Hollywood, I can’t recall score composers, animators, or most others behind the scenes taking the time to tack a political statement onto their acceptance speech. There’s something about being an actor or a director, someone with a household name, that gives people the impression that the rest of the world cares about how they would run the state.
Fresh off the announcement of this year’s nominees, let us consider a few of Oscar’s most sanctimonious offenders for whom humble acceptance of a professional honor just wasn’t enough.