The Academy Awards air this Sunday, but it’s an open question as to how many people will actually watch what used to be the movie fans’ equivalent of the Super Bowl. The combination of off-putting woke liberal lectures from hypocritical stars and nominations for movies nobody saw have killed interest and ratings, although maybe the nominations for “Top Gun: Maverick” will bring back a few viewers.
How bad has Hollywood become at connecting with the audience? This should give you an idea:
Recently, a small-budget, faith-based independent film called “Jesus Revolution” opened in a limited number of theaters. Breitbart reports that after just two weeks, it had quadrupled expectations and earned $30.5 million, which is $3 million more than four of the Best Picture nominees combined. It’s added another $2 million in the past few days, and by the end of its theatrical run, it will likely gross more than five Best Picture nominees combined. This is without any CGI effects and only one name star, Kelsey Grammer.
Granted, $32.5 million might seem like chicken feed to some Hollywood moguls. But you’d think they might prefer making that kind of money to losing billions cranking out woke garbage like “Strange World” or “Lightyear.” Maybe there should be an Oscar for “Biggest Leftwing Activist Loser.” Unfortunately, that would be impossible to choose because there would only be spaces for five nominees.
By the way, if you’d like to know why Kelsey Grammer is starring in a faith-based film, this might answer that and convince you that Hollywood needs more actors like him.
R.L. Stine, the author of the scary children’s book series “Goosebumps,” has joined Roald Dahl as the latest revered author to have his books given a PC rewrite without his knowledge or permission. Dahl has the excuse of being dead, but in Stine’s case, he simply wasn’t told. He recently learned that since 2018, his publisher has made over 100 woke edits to his books in the name of “mental health,” to make the language “more inclusive” so they “don’t negatively impact a young person’s view of themselves today.” Stine insists he has never changed a word of his books (scaring kids is his mission in life), and these these edits were not shown to him.
By the way, some of the vital changes they made include changing the world “plump” to “cheerful,” a boy who dismissed a book as “girls’ stuff” now just says it’s “not interesting,” and the word “crazy” was changed to “silly.”
In that spirit, let me say that their attempt to make Stine’s books “not interesting” is the silliest thing I’ve ever heard; so silly, in fact, that it’s crazy. It ought to raise goosebumps on anyone who cares about protecting literature from cultural vandals. And no, I won’t soften that to protect the publishers’ mental health, since I don’t believe they have any.