Not So Golden Globes
I had no idea the Golden Globe Awards were on TV last night. These are awards bestowed by a handful of journalists (and I use that term advisedly) in what’s called the “foreign press.” They are easily lobbied and some of them are paid for their votes (according to the New York Times). Do we need these clumsy, self-aggrandizing award shows in these times when 40% of juniors and seniors in high school are not showing up for any classes at all? Do we need the treacly “thank you” notes read by the winners when our vaccine program, while effective, is erratic? Do we need the “red carpet” appearances of overdressed people wearing clothes and jewels loaned or given to them?
I remember that right after 9/11 there was a movement to cancel the Oscar Award ceremony because the celebrities were convinced that, after the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, they were the next likely target!
I’m all for release, entertainment, and fun, but all these award shows seem so terribly passé. (Why are there “best actor and best actress” separate awards?)
One good thing about a crisis: It forces you to think about what’s important and what’s not.