Politics at the Oscars 🏆

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Jimmy Kimmel talks politics...nothing new here

Jimmy Kimmel was the host for the Oscars this year and his politically charged jokes have stirred up debate. Surprise, surprise. He opened by saying that it should be a night of ‘positivity’, but proceeded to criticize President Trump, VP Pence, Russia and Fox News.

The quips

  • Kimmel’s first quip of the night was targeted at Trump. He brought up the fact that Black Panther star Lupita Nyong'o was “born in Mexico and raised in Kenya”, alleging that her heritage would bring on a “tweetstorm from the president's toilet.”

  • His next quip criticized the vice president’s Christian beliefs, joking that the gay romance movie Call Me By Your Name wasn’t made for money, but instead “to upset Mike Pence.”

  • Lastly, Kimmel made fun of Fox News, saying that, "Oscar is 90 years old tonight, which means he’s probably at home tonight watching Fox News."



The right says that Kimmel got ‘few laughs’ during his commentary at the Oscars, and abused his power as host by making “anti-GOP jabs”. They critique Kimmel’s call for ‘positivity’, saying that he remained ‘negative’ for most of the night while criticizing leaders in the GOP.

The left calls Kimmel a “smooth” emcee, and says he did a good job addressing Trump and other major figures of 2017/18, without letting them "cast much of a pall” over the Oscars. The left also says that viewers “knew it was going to be political," and that the show was pretty mild to “everyone except Fox News”.


Was Kimmel out of line?

The Oscars are supposed to be “one of the funniest shows of the year”, and the left has a point that Kimmel was doing his best with what he had to work with. 2017 and 2018 have been rife with political drama that Kimmel was expected to comment on, and he kept it tame by the standards of previous Oscars hosts. However, Kimmel should have been more even-handed with his insults, instead of narrowly targeting GOP leaders. See his opening Oscars monologue here.

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