There are three things we can expect in life: death, taxes and Oscar night political rants. Jimmy Kimmel’s less-than-heartfelt attempt to unite us, the call by the Moonlight team to all those who feel disenfranchised, and even the Best Foreign Film director not showing up to protest President Donald Trump’s travel ban all revealed how the Hollywood community feels about how important they are. The real issue isn’t that the artistic community is being political as much as it is the nature of how they choose to play victim in high-priced clothing.

Jimmy Kimmel gave a half-arsed monologue about unity with the speech, “You know, if every person watching this show — I don’t want to get too serious, but there are millions and millions of people watching right now — and if every one of you took a minute to reach out to one person you disagree with, someone you like, and have a positive, considerate conversation — not as liberals or conservatives, as Americans — if we could all do that, we can make America great again. We really could. It starts with us.” Minutes later he said, “I want to say thank you to President Trump. I mean, remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?” How is that being “considerate”?

As someone who wrote extensively about the troubles with Trump, I understand the sentiments, but you can’t have it both ways, Mr. Kimmel. Instead of trying to wash away the sins of voting members of the Academy Awards in 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite backlash, he turned it back on Trump.

The eventual Best Picture winner Moonlight’s team addressed all of the people of color, which is fine, except that this is the exact reason why Hollywood isn’t reaching middle America, because it keeps trying to support only minority groups that feel left out, instead of middle-class Americans who feel left out due to their jobs being taken away by technology, liberal environmental laws and other factors. If Hollywood really wanted to reach out to the disenfranchised, it should talk to local businesses that lose money when film crews go out of the country for tax rebates. Everyone becomes anti-taxes when they’re the victims of liberal policies.

There was also the offensive speech by Best Supporting Actress (“Fences”) winner Viola Davis claiming, “I became an artist — and thank God I did — because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.” The only one? If regular people hadn’t turned off by then, I could imagine many turning off her teary-eyed, snot-nosed-filled, self-righteous comments. And according to Deadline.com, “Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the first time, the 2017 Oscars [were] down 4 percent in viewership and 13 percent among adults 18-49 from what the 88th Academy Awards ended up snagging in its final numbers last year. Like the metered market numbers of early today, that equals a nine-year viewership low for AMPAS’ annual ceremony. In fact, the 2017 Oscars were the third-least-watched of the 21st century.”

They never say when people tune in or tune out, but I can tell you, I’ve never seen a bigger evening of back-patting in all my time watching Academy Awards.

But maybe the most self-aggrandizing act was when Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi didn’t show up for the show to protest his fellow countrymen who were put under the travel ban umbrella. Farhadi’s film The Salesman, a film about the staging of the play Death of a Salesman in Iran, won Best Foreign Film, and he was granted a travel exemption but decided to play the victim. I predicted that this act of artistic martyrdom would win him the award. I was right. There were other front-runners, but how could Hollywood not let someone walk up on stage and read a letter from the “banned” director? The irony of an Iranian citizen criticizing Americans on human rights.  

The only saving grace was when the most self-righteous Hollywood film of all time, La La Land, had the last award ripped away by the far superior Moonlight after an envelope snafu occurred.

If only regular Americans could do the same to all those filmmakers who trashed their country, their jobs and their president that night.