Another Hollywood awards show, another three hours of noxious self-congratulation, the usual snubs and surprises, and conservatives whining about “Hollyweird” doing something liberal.
It’s not hard to understand why conservatives hate Hollywood — there’s an undeniable bias towards all things liberal, and smug celebrities typically subscribe to the school of limousine liberalism — but much of last night’s indignation was hackneyed and, at times, hilarious given how the night panned out.
The outrage started almost immediately, after HBO’s Sarah Palin film Game Change won the early awards for Best TV Miniseries/Film, Best Actress in the genre (Julianne Moore as Palin), and Best Supporting Actor in the genre (Ed Harris as John McCain).
The Perpetual Outrage™ brand of conservatives came out of the woodwork to express their anger that the liberals in Hollywood would give any sort of award (however meaningless) to an HBO movie that portrayed their lowly 2008 presidential election hero in any way other than how she or they would like her to be portrayed.
Fox News radio host and nominee for “King of Being Upset About Things” Todd Starnes tweeted off a frenzy of complaints, lambasting the awards as “honoring Hollywood thuggery,” and contributing to the “War on Women” by celebrating such a TV film.
Further fueling the conservative indignation was the fact that Game Change producer Jay Roach took a rather mild (considering the subject) jab at Palin: “Now with [Julianne Moore] and Tina Fey, we have three of the most incredible impersonations of Sarah Palin… counting Sarah Palin,” he said.
Starnes continued his fury by saying the awards ceremony had turned “into a night of Palin-bashing,” and calling on President Obama to condemn the Palin “bullying.” Roach’s speech was eyeroll-worthy when he called Moore “brave” for playing Palin, but to say that one little joke was part of a night of unending “Palin-bashing” is a tad overwrought.
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