The Washington Times:
Since the 1968 advent of the movie rating system designed to protect unwitting audiences from offensive content, the cultural divide between Hollywood and the American heartland only widened, as filmmakers pushed the envelope ever further, as if the ratings labels had licensed them to abandon all restraints because, hey — “You can’t say you weren’t warned!”
This disconnect revealed itself in an especially striking way over the past several years, as the TV ratings for the Oscars ceremony — Hollywood’s biggest night, and often the most-watched event of the year next to the Super Bowl — started to plummet. The show’s producers scrambled to recruit hot stars like James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host in hopes of luring more young viewers, and when that expedient failed to break the free fall, they lurched to the other extreme in 2012 by recalling Oscar’s old standby Billy Crystal to active hosting duty for the first time in almost a decade.
What the academy should have been paying attention to, though, was not the Q Scores of its Oscar hosts but the quality and popular appeal of its nominated movies and the messages they were sending. Average, hardworking Americans who ask only to be entertained and inspired, rather than insulted and degraded, when they attend a movie on the weekend clearly had enough.
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