I decided last night that I would watch the Emmy Awards as a public service to anyone who reads or watches anything I do, so they don’t have to experience it themselves. I also try to ensure that I consume plenty of ideologically opposed information that is against what I believe in, just to make sure I’m not living in the bubble I accuse others of living in. I watch a lot of progressive Twitter accounts, a few TV shows, and read articles from Left wing media. So, I took on the challenge to see if I could sit through 3 hours of self aggrandizing, Trump-Hating celebrities. I succeeded, but it was just as eye-rolling and pretentious as I assumed it would be.
I knew it was going to be very political just on the basis of the host, Stephen Colbert. Back in my progressive days, I watched Colbert, John Stewart, and John Oliver virtually every night. Their schtick eventually got old, just due to repetition of the same personality and writing style every episode, to say nothing of the fact that my politics evolved over the years. I’m about to enlighten you on how virtually all of these shows work in terms of psychology. I wish I could claim credit for being the one to notice this, but I actually never did until I saw a post originating from a psychologist and posted on the internet. You see, virtually all of these shows follow the exact same pattern. The originating post describes this process better than I can, so here it is:
I remember watching these shows and getting sense that the structure felt oddly familiar every episode, but I never put it together that there’s actually psychological reasoning behind the pacing. During the Emmys, SNL, Colbert, Oliver, and Meyer were all showered with awards and nominations. In the end, Oliver and SNL won the Trump Hate Olympics, which is all those awards really were. Even Alec Baldwin, whose Trump impression isn’t even all that good, won a major award.
The opening musical arrangement ran like an ad for the Democrats. They managed to work in climate change, racism, and virtually every other Democrat talking point into the musical. Then, throughout the night virtually every presenter and award winner made either an Anti-Trump diatribe, or some sort of social justice commentary. In a hilarious irony that even Colbert noticed, the biggest celebrity in the world was’t even there: The President. This morning it was confirmed as I expected that these Emmys pulled in some of the lowest ratings they’ve ever done. I guess regular people being lectured by a room full of rich celebrities isn’t something that’s appealing to the average person. There’s a delicious irony in the fact that Trump is a bigger celebrity than any of them.
You see, we are in uncharted territory right now. In days gone by, before the advent of social media, if a celebrity had something to say, you might hear about it once a month in a magazine, newspaper, or TV interview. They always had a big platform being famous, but only recently have they been able to really get their messages out there in a massive way. The people collected in that room last night collectively have Twitter feeds that literally number in the millions, if not billions, combined. Now, if Hollywood stars want to perpetuate a message, they can do so very easily to millions of people in one shot. You now generally know going into a movie or TV show the politics of the people involved.
When I was growing up, I loved several celebrities like Arnold and Stallone. I loved the fact that regardless of what was going on in my life I could sit in front of a Stallone movie and escape reality for a couple of hours. My perception of Arnold and Stallone wasn’t influenced by any sort of politics, so I was able to escape for a bit from reality. Now, a significant portion of the country reviles celebrity, because they’ve taken that escape away. For the average person, who just goes to work and wants to care for their family, they had tv, movies, and sports as an escape and relaxation time after a hard week of actual work. As we’ve seen, even football has become political, so now there’s no escape. Everything is political now, and even watching SportsCenter to get scores has become some sort of social justice lecture constantly. Celebrities and athletes only existed as a mechanism to entertain the average working person, and now that escape is shattered, as they’ve made their hatred for the average person obvious.
What we have now are a bunch of celebrities living in their own fantasy land. These are people who no longer have to worry about the economy, schools, jobs, taxes, or national security. They live in multiple story mansions with security guards and walls, and shower us peons with their virtue signaling about how awesome the world would be if only we were as good of a person as they are. You see, when you don’t need to worry about anything that concerns regular people, all you have left is climate change and social justice. When was the last time you saw a celebrity concerned about jobs in their hometown? Or finding a good school for their child? You don’t, but you do hear about how racist we all are. How we have held back so much progress and care nothing for equality, and the election of Donald Trump proves how we are all a bunch of White Supremacists.
Last night, Donald Glover deservedly won two of the most prestigious awards the Emmys have to offer: Lead Actor and Outstanding Director. He took this opportunity to tell us how oppressed black people are under Donald Trump. Setting aside the fact that black people won several of the top tier accolades, and that we just came off of a black president, I was unaware that there’s new oppression of black people that only started since January the 20th. Then we had the Winner of Best Show, which was the Handmaids Tale, a supposed commentary on authoritarian regimes, which we are quickly reminded we are currently living under. Again, I was unaware that Donald Trump is currently forcing breeding programs and rolling back rights for women. In addition, Elizabeth Moss is a scientologist, which is one of the most authoritarian ideologies out there.
To most celebrities, we hate you. Not because you have a differing opinion, but because you destroyed our escape, then afterwards, insulted us all right to our faces. By all means though, please keep it up.
Meanwhile, we will keep winning elections and tuning you out.
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Steve is the author of Forging the Iron Mind, and is the founder and CEO of Americana Prime.