Why One Parent Will Be Skipping Hollywood’s Awards Season
Given the endless politicizing, mom of an 11-year-old son is 'even more adamant about keeping this kind of garbage out of my home'
It’s a new year and that means there’s a new round of awards shows hitting us all — everything from this Sunday’s 75th Annual Golden Globes, to the Critics Choice Movie Awards (January 11), the Grammy Awards (January 28), the Academy Awards (March 4), and various awards shows “geared” toward children, such as the Kids Choice Awards (March 11) and the MTV VMAs (August 28).
I’ll admit, when I was much younger — perhaps in my own teen-to-early adulthood years — I indulged in these shows like some indulge in a piece of cake, every once in a while. It seemed like a good idea at the time, admiring Hollywood actresses in their gowns, flawless makeup and jewelry, just as one would enjoy looking at a colorfully decorated donut with sprinkles and icing. But, just as with donuts, these awards shows have no nutritional value.
That’s the message I eventually took away as a young adult. I soon got very bored with these shows as they became less and less about those they were honoring and respecting, and more and more about creating a political platform for entitled celebrities who think they know a thing or two about politics — when in fact, many barely graduated from high school.
Now that I am a parent of an 11-year-old son, I'm even more adamant about keeping this kind of garbage out of my home. As a parent, I want to educate my child — such as taking him to experience the Mummer's Day Parade in Philadelphia this past New Year's Day, or stopping by the Liberty Bell for a quick lesson in American history, or keeping him active in soccer, which is an absolute passion of his, even if it means I'm watching him play in the bitter winter cold or getting up for those early 8 a.m. weekend games.
When asked if I'd let my son watch any of these awards shows on television, my answer is a resounding "no." Not that he has ever expressed an interest in wasting three hours of his time watching a majority of vapid celebrities make volatile and divisive speeches, as Meryl Streep did at last year's Golden Globes. No. If my son wants to learn about great actors and actresses, movies and star performances, I will gladly sit beside him and watch amazing moments in cinematic history with him.
What does my son — or any child, for that matter — have to gain by watching these types of self-congratulator awards shows? Nothing at all.
Seth Meyers, a late-night host and amateur "political commentator," will host the Golden Globes on Sunday. This is the same man who has called our sitting president a "lying racist" and an "a**hole" because he doesn't share the same beliefs and views as President Donald Trump. Just as Meyers uses his own TV show as a political platform to aggressively push his liberal beliefs, we know he certainly will do the same this Sunday.
Given the current climate in Hollywood and its sexual misconduct scandals, why would I want to expose my son to an industry that stood beside a man accused of rape and sexual harassment in addition to his well-known bullying and misuse of power? How is that an example to my son of how to treat women in the workplace? How is this an example of how a man should act at all? If this Weinstein fiasco has shown us anything at all, it's that Hollywood is the hypocritical and selfish system it has been accused of being for years and that money can buy anything there — including silence.
Hollywood awards shows that target teens are even more disturbing. In these shows, teens get to choose their favorite stars from a variety of venues — from movies, TV and music to sports and social media. The crazy thing is that many of the movies nominated are rated R. (How is that possible?)
While there are some good kids and young people out there in La La Land, most try to make headlines for their outrageous antics. There was Miley Cyrus, whose bouts of crotch-grabbing and twerking earned her a top spot for some of the most shocking behavior from a young Hollywood star, such as when she pole-danced at an awards show when she was just 16 years old. And let's not forget her videos of swinging naked on wrecking balls, grinding — and even displaying drug use.
These types of "celebrities" aimed at young people have nothing beneficial to offer.
Speaking of young stars, recently YouTube sensation Logan Paul caused controversy for showing a video of an apparent suicide victim in Japan's Aokigahara forest. He hoped it would make YouTube history — before he finally apologized for his shocking lack of compassion and disrespect after enduring a storm of backlash.
These types of "celebrities" aimed at young people have nothing beneficial to offer, and I'm beginning to get questions from my son. Recently he heard of the Kardashians for the first time, and he asked me who they were and how they got famous. How do you tell an 11-year-old child, "Well, one sister got famous by making a sex tape and the family rode the coattails of that tape and parlayed it into a brand." It's not easy. Instead, I said the next best thing: "They are famous because their father [Robert Kardashian] got a famous football player off for murdering his ex-wife and her friend." He looked at me in disbelief.
Hollywood awards shows are not what they used to be. It's hardly beneficial for an adult, much less children, to watch. They have nothing to offer unless you like to be told what to do or how to think by a bunch of people who live as the lavish 1 percent they so often claim to hate.
This Sunday night, when the three-hour Golden Globes ceremony comes on, throw on a classic movie to watch with the family instead, or maybe an NFL football game — there are two wild-card games on this Sunday afternoon and evening. Then again, even professional football seems to be just as controversial and empty these days.
Melissa Mullins is a freelance writer based in Virginia.