I don’t like awards shows, I don’t watch awards shows, so I passed on the Oscar telecast in favor of watching a Ghost Hunters re-run on the Syfy Network. But since you can’t pick up a paper, watch TV news or log onto Drudge without Oscar slapping you in the face, some news of it is impossible to avoid.
One bit is that Argo, one of the few best-picture nominees I’ve seen, is this year’s Oscar winner. I liked it – taut, pro-clandestine-effort, pro-CIA, pro-American, anti-Iranian and entertaining.
Argo is about a daring and successful CIA mission to rescue six Americans in hiding in the Canadian Embassy in Tehran during the early days of the Carter administration’s Iran hostage crisis. Admittedly, the movie doesn’t give Canada its due for hiding the six and rigging fake Canadian passports to get them out of the country, but that’s Hollywood for you – never give a sucker an even break.
So, it’s ironic in only a way that the self-possessed, self-important and self-deluded can be unwittingly clueless and ironic that Michelle Obama announced it won the Oscar for best picture. How so in a moment.
How did Tinsel Town top-tier types get her to break the news? Harvey Weinstein, the tippy-top-top-tier Tinsel Town type and undisputed boss of Hollywood made it happen. If Harvey doesn’t like you, there’s no way you’ll even get an interview for a job delivering pizzas, let alone be a corpse in one of his flicks.
Yet since Harvey and his hangers-on are huge (in his case literally as well as financially) Obama supporters, it’s not surprising that they’re context and current-events challenged and missed the irony of President Obama’s wife announcing that the best picture of the year is about a successful CIA operation to rescue Americans who were in harm’s way in the midst of riotous activity in a crazed Islamic country, while her husband is under fire for failing to rescue Americans who were in harm’s way in the midst of riotous activity in a crazed Islamic country, this time the late Christopher Stevens, America’s ambassador to Libya, and three others in Benghazi.
Ergo Argo irony, agree?
You have to be a clueless doof to make Jimmy Carter look competent. Don’t the people in the White House or Hollywood think these things through?