OUR VIEW: Make a speech, but please don't preach

Published on Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:32
Written by Staff

What is generally known as film “awards season” in Hollywood will kick off with the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 7.

Considered the most raucous celebrity gathering of the year, it will feature awards given to actors, actresses, directors and others in the film and television business put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Comedian Seth Meyers will host.

The Golden Globes will be followed by the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 21 and the Academy Awards in March.

As with every televised awards show, the Globes will feature red carpet fashion, a bawdy host and the presentation of a shiny statue to the winner or winners. And, like every other awards show, there will be the acceptance speeches - a sticky, sometimes awkward spectacle that can leave viewers cringing.

This year, America, prepare for more.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement, actresses will reportedly be wearing black on the Globe’s red carpet in silent protest of Hollywood’s culture of sexual harassment. Meyers, no stranger to political commentary on his NBC show, will surely have something to say on the subject. And, yes, you can expect the winners - men and women - to give us their opinion on the controversy that has rightfully shined a light on alleged abusers.

But, do we really want to listen to actors and actresses lecture us on morality and ethics?

No.

There is a time and place for everything - including protests and public discourse, but a televised awards show isn’t the appropriate venue. It is suppose to be an escape from reality, not a reminder of it. We hope the artists being honored Sunday remember this when they step to the mic.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:32. Updated: Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:34.