Rather unlike me, I kind of didn't bother myself with the Oscars this year. Usually I'm way into them and sometimes even throw some kind of party to watch them (such as the year when The Return of the King was up for all those awards... You should have seen my celebration when they announced it as Best Picture), but in recent years, for fairly obvious reasons, I've just been out of the loop as far as knowing about the types of movies that are nominated. This year I had seen all of one of the films up for Best Picture, and even less of the movies that actors and actresses were nominated for, so I didn't have as much an interest in watching. However, I did catch the last 45 minutes or so, and although I'm utterly unfamiliar with Slumdog Millionaire and while I'm quite glad that Milk didn't sweep like I was so worried it would, I literally gagged my way through Sean Penn's Best Actor acceptance speech. Is this a fluffy Hollywood awards show or a platform for uninformed, indoctrinated liberals to spout hateful, hypocritical epithets toward members of a democracy?? Hollywood openly shames traditional values, and to thunderous applause! You would think such a vehement attack against my worldview would make me feel a little more threatened...
Observe the pseudo-intellectual, uneducated, hypocritical, slobbering indoctrination for yourself:
I have a friend at school who's a self-proclaimed "liberal activist, especially as regards gay rights" (I personally think of him more as an indoctrinated, buzz-word flinging, desperate-to-prove-his-"individuality" product of the media, and said that after seeing Milk, he heard that if it had come out a few weeks earlier, the results of Proposition 8 would have been different. That, my friends, is called a propaganda film.
And, for the record, I don't find the president to be an "elegant man" in the least. In fact, during his address to Congress last night (during which I was more upset than is reasonable that he was overriding American Idol), all I could think was that he's an empty suit spouting empty promises. Once again I say, heaven help us all. (Wups, a religious reference! I'm in danger of getting slammed and lynched by the teeming, liberal masses!)