I realize that this is a time of political hot beds, verbal volcanos, and many slings and arrows against the new regime soon headed for the White House. While I strive to keep all things political to a bare minimum in this blog, I couldn’t resist repeating what the Crankee Yankee said about the Golden Globes diatribes the other night (wait for it—it’s at the end of this post).
I’ll say this to our famous actors and actresses: while I admire your work and your ability to bring me to laughter and tears because of your talents, please do remember what you are paid to do.
As Americans, all of us have the right to say whatever we want to about anyone we want. We all have a right to our opinions. This is one of the many privileges of being an American in America.
That said, if I were in an actor’s 6″ Prada heels and won a prestigious award for my acting, I would probably be so overcome that I would only be able to babble something like “Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!” Then I would probably burst into tears and/or pee right through my designer gown.
But that’s just me. Consider the major event that is the Golden Globes awards night. There are some incredibly talented people who deserve our praise and as many awards as they can place on their mantles. Good for them.
However, there is a time and a place for everything, and in my humble opinion, an awards ceremony is the time to be grateful; especially to all of the fans who shell out their cash to see the actors they admire. Personally, I feel that politics have no place during such an event.
An actor’s fan base is their bread and butter. If the fans decide that they do not care for their actors’ political opinions and therefore do not attend their movies, then this can adversely affect the actors’ pay, lifestyle, etc. For the actors who use an awards ceremony as their personal political platform, there is a chance that they may lose fans and income.
Here’s the thing: if the fans don’t show up for their movies, then the movies won’t make money, and directors and producers will be livid, which makes life in Tinsel Town for all involved difficult.
I understand that there are many people in this country who are not happy about the president elect and his staff coming on board soon. But even if we don’t like or respect the person in the President’s chair, we ought at at least respect the office of the President.
The Crankee Yankee expressed himself succinctly regarding the opinions expressed by some at the Golden Globes awards: “If you (the actors and actresses of Hollywood) continue to turn award ceremonies and the like into your own platforms then ‘I no go to your show.’
Alas, this may be what many others may say as well. I will be the first to admit that my little blog is just another voice in the wilderness. As I have always said, this blog only represents my own opinions, which as readers you are welcome to accept or reject.
That’s what freedom is all about.