February 28, 2011, - 1:32 pm

Liberal Pretense & the Kirk Douglas Oscars Sideshow

By Debbie Schlussel

If you wasted multiple hours of your life you’ll never get back by watching the Academy Awards show, last night, you already know it was the most boring show ever.  Between the low-class Melissa Leo dropping an F-bomb amidst a bizarre speech and moronic hostess Anne Hathaway repeatedly shouting “WOOOO!” after every introduction, I wish I had better background noise on while I was doing chores and other stuff more important than staring at these proud overpaid underachievers.  But there’s something that bothered me:  Kirk Douglas.  His hard-to-listen-to “performance” was a circus act–a speech impediment minstrel show–put on by Hollywood liberal carnival barkers who live in a world in which no-one loses and everyone is a champion speaker (and who also thinks, “hey, this has great gawker appeal!”).

Kirk Douglas: From “Spartacus” to Oscar Sideshow Spectacus

I’m sorry the man, once a great Hollywood actor, had a stroke and can barely talk.  He seems to have recovered from it nicely over the years.  But the guy cannot speak.  It’s totally inappropriate to have him up there on stage, talking.  Yes, we know he had a stroke.  And we know he recovered.  And, but for the grace of G-d, that could be you or me. But we know he can’t talk, so why pretend like the Emperor has fantastic new vocal cords?  It’s affirmative action for the disabled, like when they give a disabled kid a prize for winning a race he didn’t or give him a head start.  It’s just false.  And it’s a disservice–not to mention a giant session of “Pretend”–to have this guy as a presenter on live television.  It’s painful to listen to, and who are they kidding?  It’s like they want to pretend–and force us to, also–that this guy is still “Spartacus.”  Instead, Spartacus is now Spectacle.  And it’s extremely awkward and disconcerting to watch them put him on display like this.  Not to mention, pointless. Any way you look at it, it was exploitation.

It’s embarrassing for everyone involved, including the interpreter who wasn’t hired and should have been.  Couldn’t understand most of what the guy said.  Sorry.  Am I the only one who noticed the irony and hypocrisy that, on a night when a movie about overcoming speech impediments–“The King’s Speech,” they choose to push on us the fiction that we’re supposed to applaud them having a presenter who can’t speak?  Like I said, I’m sorry he suffered from a stroke, and good for him that he mostly recovered.  But that doesn’t justify the sad sideshow of having him struggle through presenting an award. And I also blame the hubris and conceit of Kirk Douglas, who actually believes people want to hear him struggle through the lines. Memo to Kirk: they don’t.

It’s the same thing for Dick Clark, who continues to insist on going on his ABC “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” each year, to do the countdown to do the New Year.  He can barely talk and cannot enunciate any intelligible numbers.  So, what’s the point?  To show us he is still alive and walking around?  We get that. Don’t put us through this for your own personal vanity.

It’s called “show biz” for a reason.  Things are supposed to be glammed up and livened up so Americans can escape their everyday lives into another world.  That other world isn’t people who can’t talk pretending that they can and the fantasists in Hollywood telling us to pretend the same.

It’s normal and proper to feel sympathy for those struck by medical trauma, to feel empathy with them for their struggle in overcoming the physical tragedy.  But it’s absolutely absurd and complete fantasy to put people who can’t talk in speaking parts on live national television.

20 years ago, it would have been a dumb, unbelievable skit on Saturday Night Live.  Today, it’s the idiocracy of reality–a world in which no-one is a failure.  Everyone wins the race.  And everyone who can’t speak–well, we’re supposed to pretend they speak the Queen’s English with Winston Churchill’s delivery.

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21 Responses

Ahg aragarssee, which is Kirk Douglas speak for “I agree.”

They are either playing on the man’s vanity, or his stroke affected his judgement. But hey, political correctness is political correctness.

Jonathan Grant on February 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Man, that comment by “Jonathan Grant” is repulsive. He gets my award for the most sociopathic comment I’ve read today in my after-dinner websurfing. Like most of the best examples of online sociopathy, Mr. Grant’s offering combines sneering pomposity with an adorable naivete about the essential vulnerability of ALL human beings. But what sets this one apart is that unlike 99% of similar online indulgences put forth by those with antisocial personality disorder, this comment does not mention the MOST OVERUSED word in snide online commenting today–“Darwin.” Instead, Grant employs classic, cute juvenilia in providing us an imagined sample of Douglas’s “stroke voice.” Splendid!
    But seriously, I hope he gets help for both his pathological lack of empathy and his spelling skills. I’ll try to start him off on the right foot with the latter–“judgment” has one “e.”

    mb on February 28, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I wonder what his son Michael thinks of the Academy putting his father on wretched display like that last night.

I would never have allowed my father to be subjected to that kind of spectacle.

Its sad no one in the Douglas family saw fit to object.

There are some things in this world more important than showbiz and the Oscars.

NormanF on February 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Michael Douglas couldn’t have stopped his father from appearing if his father wanted to appear.

    Miranda Rose Smith on March 1, 2011 at 2:15 am

I haven’t wasted any time on watching the Oscars for about the last 10 years. Over those years I gradually came to the realization of what these awards are in reality. They exist simply as a way to give a pat on the back among a tightly knit group as to who held the liberal agenda the best, that is, to conceal or gloss over the facts when creating a movie or documentary.

Who needs movie stars?

Oscar on February 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm

At least it’s better than having to listen to Sean Penn.

Joey P. on February 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Re. Dick Clark: It was one thing to go out the first year after his stroke and aid in the countdown. But year after year, yes, it becomes a tiresome sideshow. But whatever the case, someone has to point out what Debbie has.

ConcernedPatriot on February 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Word of the day: Acceptance

Lee in IL on February 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Seems you’re one of those people who sees every little thing you don’t like as a liberal conspiracy. The Oscars in general, and the Kirk Douglas spectacle last night have nothing to do with liberalism. We remember the liberal outbursts at the Oscars because they, while always ridiculous, stand in stark contrast to the utterly apolitical, amoral, vacuous, self-absorbed pomposity that is the Oscars. Here is a group of people who aren’t satisfied at making millions of dollars per film AND getting their name in the credits at the beginning and end of each film AND getting fame and celebrity for doing what they do, but the have to have a slew of extravagant awards ceremonies – the golden globes, the oscars, etc., and then broadcast them on TV so that everyone can adore them once more. It’s pathetic that these people need so much validation, but that’s why people become actors -for “look at me! look at me!” kind of attention. Douglas’s appearance wasn’t about liberalism, it was just about misguided intentions to honor the man that just came off looking like they were exploiting him. Let him retire from the limelight with dignity.

Mark on February 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I’m proud to say I have never watched an Oscar telecast in my life. In a moment of weakness I did watch The View once out of curiosity.

I have walked out of the view modern movies I have gone to with the exception of Inglorious Basterds. (haven’t seen the Hurt Locker yet — will be watching it on TV soon). I guess the same lack of taste characteristic of modern movies has influenced the grotesque Oscar ceremonies described in this post. A sad end for Kirk Douglas, although he did have his share of PC movies like Seven Days in May.

Little Al on February 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm

And of course Spartacus was also PC because of the re-emergence of the anti-American communist Dalton Trumbo so perhaps he has gone along with the leftist political tides for the past few decades.

Little Al on February 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm

After the show, everyone was yacking about Kirk Douglas’ speech impediment, Melissa Leo’s cussing and Natalie Portman’s pregnant belly. I wonder if I am the only one who noticed that Christian Bale completely forgot his wife’s name. She put up a brave face, but I’ll bet he wound up sleeping on the couch last evening.

Debbie, I’m curious…We all know how you obviously feel about “Spartacus,” but what is your opinion of his performance in “Cast A Giant Shadow?” I would think that film would be right up your alley and in your library, even though it now looks even more dated than the original “True Grit.”

Irving on February 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Hey Irving, KirkD is not in CaGS… Rock Hudson and James Dean are.

    Leslie on March 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

Too painfull and embarassing for me to watch more than a minutes worth of Kirk Douglas on an internet clip. No way would I have sat through that if I had even decide to watch the telecast. I couldn’t stomach watching Anne Hathaway. When she first came out in movies, I thought she was cute enough. The older she gets, the more weird looking she getting. Sorry if that offends, but I can’t look at her without thinking how her eyes and mouth seem so out of proportion with the rest of her face. She seems nice enough and I would like to like her, I just can’t get past that clownish face of hers. Maybe she will grow into it… until then, I turn the channel or skip her movies.

Jimmy D. on February 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Of course I did NOT watch the ridiculous Oscars. I’d rather watch a cement wall whilst eating dry toast than to watch that idiocy.

Did not know that about KD. I am not the sort who pretends the disabled are “just like us”…in fact, I hate that crap but I have another take on stuff like KD and Dick Clark. I don’t appreciate people with disabilities used as props but I do believe that they are part of society and should not be kept hidden. If it’s in a normal, respectful way (natural and not PC) than I am all for people having to see them as citizens too.

This may be a bad simile, but it’s like when Howard Stern used to have some retarded people on his show and people were outraged about them being exploited, and more times than not they actually were, but I thought a good point Stern brought up was that he was the only ones giving these sorts some type of platform (for better or worse). Which was true, because a lot of PC creeps talk a hell a lot about unity, but they just give it lip service. That’s so lame to me. People who are not “normal” are part of society and they have love ones and they should at least be counted and not be hidden like a crazy auntie in the attic.

I knew that freak Ann Hathaway would be a crashing embarrassment. I just can’t stand her and even though I did not watch a second of the Oscars, I would bet that all her time on stage was waaaaaaay more painful than KD’s. Gosh, she is a wretched twit!

Skunky on February 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm


I liked the Academy Awards show last night. In my view, this was one of the best awards ceremonies in many years.

Naturally, I don’t like the way Hollywood shoves liberalism down our throats, but it’s even worse when that is done at the Academy Awards presentation. Remember that big wet smoochie kiss Melissa Etheridge gave her girlfriend at a previous awards ceremony? You’d rather see that?

For the most part, the awards presentation was void (though not completely) of the usual LIB activism. That’s what I liked about last night’s show.

A lot of criticism came down today about how the show was “boring”. I don’t have a problem with that. Rather than keeping us in suspense about what idiocy the participants would engage in, the suspense was as it should be: who would win the Oscar.

Kirk Douglas did a fine job presenting the award. I find it refreshing that Douglas was allowed to present an award. All too often, the award presenters are chosen on the merit of their LIB views, stupid skits and an over-emphasis on youth, sex, revealing clothing and other such foolishness; “glammed up” as you would say. Douglas was a throwback to the days of film classics. I liked the fact that they had an “old geezer” make a presentation.

In my opinion, the entertainment value of the Oscar presentations should be the suspense of waiting to see who won. The “show biz” belongs on the silver screen; not the awards presentation. That’s my opinion on the matter; for better or worse.

There is NO Santa Claus on February 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Jane Russell died today at 89

At least there was no left-wing political ranting. Except for the producer or whatever he was of “Inside Job” preaching for criminal action against those he has determined caused the financial meltdown – on the MOVIE AWARDS SHOW.

Bill C. on February 28, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Random thought, maybe Kirk’s son wasn’t there because he knew how his dad would be used and would not support it. Don’t think so but maybe.

ceannrua on March 1, 2011 at 7:46 am

Some older celebrities shun media, because they want their legacy intact. Kirk’s appearances in recent years have tarnished his career, not because he had a stroke, but because now a generation will only know him for stuff like this Oscar “performance”, not his classic movie roles.

Sad on the Western Front on March 1, 2011 at 8:05 am

Anyone foolish enough to watch the Oscars (other than those who have to)deserve the punishment inflicted upon themselves.

Jerry on March 1, 2011 at 8:17 am

FYI, the movie “Spartacus”, like “Inherit the Wind” and others, is a total anti-westernciv, history re-write, peace of crap. The real Spartacus and his followers made it to the Alps and were home free; but, what they really wanted was the freedom to rape, pillage, and murder. You can’t do that in the forest of Germania, only in Roman cities.

Rick on March 1, 2011 at 10:21 am

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