I am at friend’s house, and this family keeps the TV on all day (I basically haven’t watched TV since I went off to college in 1989, a few seasons of Bravo shows excepted…).
Anyhow the “Kennedy Center Honors” are on and… who watches this shit? Seriously, if there is someone here on the Dope to whom this is important or compelling content, I offer my apologies, but I am genuinely curious why you would watch this or think it’s anything but an advertisement for the people involved. As though frickin’ Hamilton and Cher need any more PR, for fuxsake.
And that’s the thing: Awards ceremonies are a bunch of advertisements and a gig for the advertiser. More and more, it seems as though people are waking up to this fact.
But it’s certainly not something I ever heard anyone say or imply when I was a kid in the 1970s and 80s. The Oscars were important, man. The Baseball Hall of fame and shit like that meant something, dammit.
Now, however, I’m completely cynical about it all, and a lot of other people seem to be too. That’s good! So if you feel like piling on about that, great, and if you feel like debating it, great.
I will also include shit like the Nobel prizes, especially the arts stuff. If I don’t give a shit what a bunch of old white dudes in the “Academy” think, then I’m sure not going to give a fuck what a bunch of old Swedish white dudes care about.
And really, it’s not about who is giving the awards. If it were a perfectly assembled board of humans with perfect demographics, we still shouldn’t care. Because it’s going to be a grift no matter what: a limited number of people setting themselves up as an authority, a gatekeeper. And I hate that shit.