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Joe Biden is Joe Biden

Nancy Pelosi unsurprisingly endorsed Joe Biden and was only too pleased to show her happiness. How quick the Democrats were to run with the “believe all women” argument during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. All of a sudden, due process matters. Believe all women? Only when it serves one’s political interests.

Joe Biden is Joe Biden.” What else matters?

Babylon Bee decided to pre-empt Pelosi’s little presser by publishing the following parody.

Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden was cleared in federal court today of charges that some claimed were based upon credible allegations of sexual assault when the judge quickly realized that Joe Biden was not a Republican.

“Well, this looks pretty serious… let’s see who is on—wait a minute. He’s a Democrat! I can find no fault with him,” declared a fourth circuit federal judge hearing preliminary claims.

“It is well established in this court that Republicans are the ones who want to silence women and control their bodies. Haven’t you seen The Handmaid’s Tale?” the judge further added before banging down the gavel.”

“This is a victory for the judicial standard in our country of assuming the accused are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law,” stated Alyssa Milano. “We always need to maintain this standard of maintaining silence and withholding judgment on such cases when it is convenient and maintains our narratives.”

Yesterday, Alyssa Milano actually wrote a piece where she said that she supported Joe Biden despite believing in the allegations, mixed in with a dig at the white patriarchy. She wrote,

It falls upon women to navigate within the system of men’s design to make pragmatic choices that we hope will lead us to a more equal future. I still support Joe Biden because I believe that’s the best choice for that future, and again it is not up to women to absolve perpetrators. How do progressive women choose between the pussy grabber in chief who has done so much damage to our country and a man who has allegations made against him?…

…The allegations against Joe Biden concern me, deeply. He’s a man I know, respect, and admire, and who I can’t picture doing any of the things of which he’s accused. But I’ve thought that before, and been wrong. And sexual assault is always wrong.

So much for the #METOO movement she led. How happy she was to sit with a face of thunder during the Kavanaugh hearings. Then again hypocrisy and Hollywood go hand in hand.

Who could forget when Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star was vandalized and then removed?

“The resolution on which the West Hollywood City Council voted urged the removal of Mr. Trump’s star “due to his disturbing treatment of women and other actions that do not meet the shared values of the City of West Hollywood, the region, state, and country.

Yet the response of Hollywood to now convicted rapist Bill Cosby was,

“In response, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce released a statement politely asking fans not to deface anyone’s stars, no matter how many rapes they may be accused of: “When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways. 

Except if they are Republicans.

Ricky Gervais’ thoughts on The Oscars

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Ricky Gervais true to form in forecasting the hypocrisy that will emanate from the 2020 Oscars.

Hollywood has really lurched towards the “woke” genre. Sadly, audiences have little appetite.

Some notable flops in 2019 were:

“What Men Want”

The gender-swap comedy scored $54 million at the U.S. box office. Taraji Henson replaced  Mel Gibson, playing a character who can read what men think. The “What Women Want” comedy of 19 years ago racked up $182 million at the domestic box office.

“Book Smart”

Arguably the most progressive comedy ever made – looking at empowerment, virtue signalling and feminism. It only managed a $22 million haul.

“Long Shot”

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron mock Republicans and embrace social justice. Audiences avoided it –  $30 million.

“Charlie’s Angels”

Elizabeth Banks, an actress-turned-director told reporters her movie would strike a blow against the patriarchy. Banks said, “Look, people have to buy tickets to this movie, too. This movie has to make money. If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”

Tanked with an opening of $8.6 million in the US.

“Late Night”

The movie feminizes the already left-leaning Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” – $15 million box office.

“Terminator: Dark Fate”

Box office grosses for the franchise have been in free fall as it goes down the woke route. Arnie is no longer there to rattle off corny one-liners.

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It should appear to Hollywood that movies about real-life stories are the ones that seem to resonate most with audiences – Titanic, The King’s Speech, Argo and A Beautiful Mind. These 4 films grossed $1.04 billion at the box office. It has been 12 years since Hollywood has had a fictional film it chose for itself beat the worst of the 4 movies based off real stories in ticket sales. It has been 15 years since having a proper blockbuster like Lord of the Rings which is arguably pure fantasy and extends to child audiences.

Films are of course subjective. One film one person may enjoy, others may not share the same view. It is interesting though that $100m box offices were a cert for an Oscar Best Picture award til 2004 after which it has been hit and miss since. 9 films in the last 13 have failed to breach $75mn. So instead of Hollywood being so preoccupied with espousing politics, perhaps it should look to the audience it ‘preaches’ to and starts ‘reaching’ them instead.

Liberals apologise to Iran

Brittany M Hughes unloads both barrels on liberal celebrities who apologized to Iran on behalf of America over the assassination of Qassem Soleimani.

Yael Stone forgets that the scheduled flights will still take off

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Yet more moral preening from celebrities. While Yael Stone might think such virtue signalling has a purpose, she needs to get to grips with the fact that the scheduled flights between the US and Australia will still be taking off, with or without her. Did she miss Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes introduction?

Her net impact is likely to be a number so close to zero so we thought we’d assist with the maths before she pulls the plug.

280 million trips were made by commercial aircraft last year according to the IATA. Her one way trip to Australia would mean she represents represent 0.000000357% of all annual flights taken.

Given that airlines, by the IATA’s own stats, annually produce the equivalent to 2% of all man-made emissions or 0.000016% of the total CO2 in the atmosphere, her flight would make up around 0.0000000000057%.

The Boeing 777-300ER that would likely carry her has a maximum take-off weight of 351,000kg. Let’s assume she weighs 50kg and carries 50kg of luggage. Her impact on the pilot’s fuel calculations would be 0.0028%.

Overall her “skin in the game” as she calls it, would result in a 0.0000000000000022344% personal impact on flight shaming based CO2 emissions.

FNF Media strongly advises she reads the 20-year forecast from Boeing.

Demand in the commercial market is forecast to more than double in the next two decades. To meet this demand…the number of jet airplanes in service nearly doubling to 50,660.

Golden Globes goes vegan to save the planet

Wow. If it isn’t the hot air coming out of their mouths, it is now coming out of the arses. In order to save the planet, our virtue signalling Hollywood thinks that going vegan at the awards ceremony will do the trick.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) made the following statement,

If there’s a way we can, not change the world, but save the planet, maybe we can get the Golden Globes to send a signal and draw attention to the issue about climate change…The food we eat, the way we grow the food we eat, the way we dispose of the food is one of the large contributors to the climate crisis.

One only needs to calculate the number of private jets, hydrofluorocarbon hairspray cans used, the number of bedrooms in their gated mansions and the emissions coming out of the tailpipes of the stretch limos that will ferry these Einsteins to the awards to work out that their own carbon footprints are about as bad as it can get.

Cute though. To think that eating a vegan risotto will help. If only they knew that rice production causes over twice the amount of methane than farm animals. Will any of them point this tidbit out to the dwindling viewers? Why aren’t the slamming the table and demanding over half the world’s population that rice is off the menu! What a shame Asia is a growth market for Hollywood. Best just revert to type and embrace expediency.

A recap of the 2019 Golden Globes:

It was no surprise to learn that the initial ratings for the Golden Globes In 2019 were down on 2018 which were down on 2017…which were down on…Get the picture? It was the worst showing in a decade.

It seems the formula is so bust that even deliberately leaving Trump mocking out of the corny gag lines saw another 5% drop this year. Despite little competition in the time slot and following on straight after the Chicago Bears vs Philadelphia Eagles (38mn viewers), 20mn switched channels to something other than the Golden Globes.

Who actually took the time to watch The Oscars last year? Viewers voted with their eyes sending ratings down 16% on 2017 and 40% on 5 years ago. Perhaps The Oscars could take a lessson from 90 years ago and stick to silent movies!

From Nielsen:

The 8 p.m.-11 p.m. portion of ABC’s telecast averaged an 18.9 household rating and 32 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnight ratings, which cover about 70% of U.S. TV households. That’s down about 16% from the 22.5/37 rating generated by the 2017 Oscars.

We wonder if the dead cat bounce in the ratings will result by virtue of veganism.

Charlie’s Angels flops due to misogyny

You have to hand it to the progressive left. Instead of making a film that doesn’t pander to all of this gender equality nonsense so prevalent today, it was easier for the writer and producer Elizabeth Banks to say,

Look, people have to buy tickets to this movie, too. This movie has to make money. If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”

OK so it must be the audience’s fault it has flopped. More specifically, just blame men. After all Banks said,

One of the statements this movie makes is that you should probably believe women.

Perhaps the whole point of film making is ensuring the content fits the tastes dictated by the market, not the other way around. Yet the social justice warriors just don’t get it and blame the consumer when things don’t succeed.

Yet what is the obsession inside Hollywood to possess such a lack of creativity as to merely make a remake by substituting men for women or vice versa? Ghostbusters flopped in its feminist remake. So did Oceans 8. Now Charlie’s Angels remake.

Michael McCaffery wrote,

“the social justice geniuses in Hollywood decided this year it would be a good idea to remake two movies that no one wanted remade, Mel Gibson’s What Women Want (2000) and Steve Martin and Michael Caine’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1998), except this time with female leads. To the shock of no one with half a brain in their head, What Men Want with Taraji P. Henson, and The Hustle, with Rebel Wilson And Ann Hathaway, resoundingly flopped.

This year’s Book Smart, directed by Olivia Wilde, was little more than a rehash of the 2007 Jonah Hill and Micheal Cera smash-hit Superbad. Replacing Hill and Cera with two teenage girls as the protagonists in the formulaic film did not inspire audiences, as indicated by the film’s anemic domestic box office of $22 million.

Original movies with feminist themes fared no better than their re-engineered woke cinematic sisters. Late Night, a feminist comedy/drama starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling, made a paltry $15 million domestically, while the painfully politically correct Charlize Theron vehicle, Long Shot, raked in a flaccid $30 million.

As evidenced by these failures, audiences of both sexes are obviously turned off by Hollywood’s ham-handed attempts at woke preaching and social justice pandering. The movie-going public is keenly aware that these woke films are not about entertainment or even artistic expressions, but rather virtue signaling and posing within the Hollywood bubble.”

Does Hollywood ever reflect on why viewership of the Oscars is down 40% over the last 5 years? It isn’t because they can stream it. It is because it has become nothing but a woke-fest where the world’s biggest hypocrites spew rubbish on climate change, Trump and #metoo while wearing dresses which have three pieces of fabric the size of postage stamps held together by dental floss.

Audiences aren’t stupid and when spoken down to avoid these causes like the plague.

Emmy Awards turnout worst in history

It is Hollywood self-adulation season. It started last night with the Emmys which suffered its worst ever turnout, a 22% drop on last year in terms of those tuning in. No doubt the Oscars will show a similarly dismal outcome.

As usual all the pet causes of the champagne socialists were there – climate change, transgender rights, white privilege, gender pay gap, racial pay gap and anti-Trump slurs.

When the format has become so predictable is it any wonder why audiences have dwindled.

The 90th Oscars viewership slumped 16% to 25 year lows. They’d slumped 40% over the preceding 5 years. Things had become so bad that the network had to offer advertisers guarantees for the first time ever.

Maybe we only need evaluate Hollywood on its nearly two decades of failure as it has made its films more political. We need only look at the ratings of the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Golden Globes which are all well off the peak.

Cinema attendance in the domestic US market is back at 1993 levels. In the 1990s Hollywood made 400-500 films annually. It now pumps out more than 700. The average revenue per film continues to head south. The strategy seems to throw more at audiences in the hope that I t sticks. Are the movies the industry rates itself on actually reflected in the box office? Out of touch with the audience? It would seem so.

It should appear to Hollywood that movies about real life stories are the ones that seem to resonate most with audiences – Titanic, The King’s Speech, Argo and A Beautiful Mind. These 4 films grossed $1.04 billion at the box office. It has been 12 years since Hollywood has had a fictional film it chose for itself beat the worst of the 4 movies based off real stories in ticket sales. It has been 15 years since having a proper blockbuster like Lord of the Rings which is arguably pure fantasy and extends to child audiences.

Films are of course subjective. One film one person may enjoy, others may not share the same view. It is interesting though that $100m box offices were a cert for an Oscar Best Picture award til 2004 after which it has been hit and miss since. 9 films in the last 13 have failed to breach $75mn. So instead of Hollywood being so preoccupied with espousing politics, perhaps it should look to the audience it ‘preaches’ to and starts ‘reaching’ them instead.