Jimmy Kimmel promised a kinder, gentler Oscars. But the host still had a few barb comments about President Trump, Vice President Pence and even Fox News viewers, causing the network’s right-wing commentators to squeal about liberal Hollywood bias. Hey, he was just kidding!
Fox News talking head Michelle Malkin slammed celebrities for “lecturing” on gun control while being protected by a “phalanx” of armed guards at the 90th Academy Awards.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 5, 2018
Could that be because Fox News and other right-wing propaganda outlets have demonized Hollywood actors and actresses for daring to have political views? Who knows what right-wing extremist might try to act on their words with an assault rifle.
“Their operative slogan is armed security for we, but not for thee. … Can you imagine if every American school were as protected as the Oscars?” she asked on “Fox & Friends.”
Talk about hypocrisy.
Kimmel kicked off the night with a jibe about Trump’s anti-immigration policy.
“The stunning Lupita Nyong’o; she was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya,” Kimmel said during his monologue. “Let the tweetstorm from the president’s toilet begin!”
Nyong’o and actor Kumail Nanjiani also made an impassioned statement about “Dreamers,” immigrants who came to America as children and have lived most of their lives here without citizenship.
Trump is angling to deport them, even though they most of their life experience is in America.
“Like everyone in this room and everyone watching at home, we are dreamers. We grew up dreaming of one day being in the movies. Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation of America,” Nyong’o said.
“To all the dreamers out there,” Nanjiani continued. “We stand with you.”
The Oscar’s host also made a play on the movie, “Call Me By Your Name,” to needle Vice President Mike Pence’s homophobic views.
“We don’t make films like ‘Call Me By Your Name’ for money. We make them to upset Mike Pence,” he chortled.
Kimmel turned the 90th annual show into a quip about Fox News viewers. “Oscar is 90 years old tonight, which means he’s probably at home tonight watching Fox News.”
In one of the most moving segments of the night, Common and Andra Day performed “Stand Up for Something.” The song encourages activism about such causes as the NRA, the Parkland shooting, immigration, feminism and Puerto Rico.
While they sang activists stood behind them.
They included Alice Brown Otter from the Standing Rock Youth Council, author and Syian refugee Bana Alabed, Bryan Stevenson from the Equal Justice Initiative), Cecile Richards of frequent right-wing target, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Dolores Huerta, representing the United Farm Workers of America).
Also on hand were Janet Mock for gay rights group #GirlsLikeUs, José Andrés of ThinkFoodGroup, Nicole Hockley representing Sandy Hook Promise, Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter and Tarana Burke from the #MeToo movement.
Check out the monologue below.