Along with the red carpet, Best Picture, and the Oscar itself, the annual Academy Awards has become synonymous with left-wing political speeches and grandstanding. Since 2016, MRC Culture's On TV blog has covered the Oscars in all its liberal glory, from the anti-Trump opening monologue jokes to the activist acceptance speeches.



Rev. Al Sharpton welcomed leftist movie director Spike Lee on his Politics Nation show on Sunday night to discuss Kobe Bryant, but Sharpton finished the segment by asking about impeachment. "Have to ask you on the way out, because I know the activist side of you, have you been following the impeachment?" Lee cracked the Republicans are "going to burn in Hell" if they took an oath on the Bible before the proceedings, and then he laughed, and laughed.  



Unfortunately, time has not softened the extreme views of Robert De Niro regarding President Trump, and his hostility has apparently only been aggravated by the impeachment inquiry currently underway in the U.S. House of Representatives. The actor made his views clear on Monday by calling the GOP occupant of the White House “such a low life” who “taints everyone around him.”



On Thursday, Oscar-winning director Spike Lee demanded that workers in the entertainment industry move out of Georgia because of its new abortion law. While others in Hollywood are content to see if that legislation takes effect next year or is blocked in the courts, Lee dismissed concerns that a boycott could dramatically reduce the $9.5 billion annual boost the state economy receives from that industry. According to an article written by Associated Press reporter Lindsey Bahr, the director called for the entertainment industry to “shut it down” in Georgia, claiming that such a loss of income is necessary.



In the past few weeks we’ve seen the media get excited for Beto O’Rourke while also blaming Donald Trump for the actions of a crazed shooter. Vanity Fair sent Joe Hagan to pen a cover story on Beto that left the writer giddy about a “gleam in his eye” as the “too innocent to be a politician” began his presidential campaign. Conversely, journalists raged at Donald Trump’s reaction to the shooting in New Zealand, a tragedy they all but blamed Trump for. CNN host John Berman indicted Trump for using the same “language” of the killer. The following are just a few of the worst moments of media outrage from the last month.
 



New York Times Hollywood reporter Brooks Barnes made Tuesday’s front page with a petulant look at the Academy Awards and the Oscar-winning movie “Green Book": "While admired by some as a feel-good depiction of people uniting against the odds, the movie was criticized by others as a simplistic take on race relations, both woefully retrograde and borderline bigoted."



In his opening monologue on Monday's Daily Show, host Trevor Noah delivering his usual mockery of Republicans through the lens of praising filmmaker Spike Lee for his acceptance speech at the Oscars. Surprisingly, his opening monologue also took a shot at “childish” Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein for not bending over backwards to please child activists demanding she vote in favor of the Green New Deal.



Hyped as an awards show sure to be full of surprises, the only real surprise is that there was so little political commentary in the words uttered by Hollywood celebrities. The 91st Academy Awards ceremony aired February 24 on ABC live from Los Angeles. The show had no host so celebrity presenters walked out as their names were announced.



Director Spike Lee won his first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "BlacKkKlansman" and he took the occasion to be the first one to really get political at the 91st Academy Awards on ABC.



There’s a very good reason 81 percent of Republicans have said they won’t watch Sunday night’s Academy Awards, according to a new poll. Hollywood is the Left Coast base of the anti-Trump resistance and over the years they have made their disdain for conservatives very clear. After all, last year’s Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel joked, “We don't make films for money. We make them to upset Mike Pence.”



The Oscars are this weekend and while we’re not insisting that you care to tune in — we’d refrain too if we could — maybe it’d be somewhat important to spare you the mystery and inform you that this year’s awards is serving up another seven-layer slice of progressive obsession.



With the Academy Awards in the offing, Morning Joe had Spike Lee on today to promote his "BlacKkKlansman" movie, which has been nominated for a number of Oscars. Lee predictably seized the opportunity to bash America. He first referred to Christopher Columbus as a "terrorist," and a bit later claimed that the USA was built on the "genocide of Native Americans and slavery."