Academy Awards protest hooplah masks declining public interest

From Brooke Seipel at the Hill,

Hollywood’s United Talent Agency held an anti-President Trump rally instead of it’s usual pre-Oscars party Friday in Los Angeles, featuring Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox, Keegan-Michael Key and other celebs. More.

Reality check: The other thing that the increasingly politicized Awards culture features is declining public interest. See, for example, from Rick Kissell at Variety:

Oscars Ratings on ABC Down 6% Overall, But Up in Younger Viewers, Key Male Demos

and Dominic Patten at Deadline:

Oscar Ratings: Chris Rock’s Return As Host Draws 34M Viewers In 8-Year Low

There are doubtless other reasons for decline but here is one likely correlation we can expect mavens not to notice: If celebs want to talk to and about themselves and their opinions, as opposed to listening to and interpreting those of their audience, they are in competition with all the other bores out there. It’s a tough market.

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