Oscars 2018: Jimmy Kimmel Doesn’t Shy Away from Tough Topics—or Weinstein
“The Academy, as you’re no doubt aware, took action to expel Harvey Weinstein from their ranks,” the comedian said during his monologue Sunday night. “There was a lot of great nominees, but HarveyRead full story
I understand this is just a joke, but neutering men is exactly what I’m afraid men will think the #MeToo movement is about. I’m disappointed.
“Oscar, Kimmel added, ‘is the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood.’ Why? He ‘keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and most importantly: no penis at all. He is literally a statue of limitations. And that’s the kind of man we need more of in this town.’”
I agree with Jane and Pam above—the monologue was a little worse than “meh,” because it actually belittled the platform with his directional notes: “We want passion, so go ’head, change the world, thank your mom, whatever you want.” But I don’t know how to make this complaint square with the fact that I liked Helen Mirren and the jet ski bit. So I will dodge the question and just praise the perfect restraint of the word “upset” in the Mike Pence joke.
The Oscars this year were painfully boring and absurdly long. Remember the good ole days when Billy Crystal use to bring us a song and dance monologue? I’ll take less of whatever Kimmel was doing here, mostly because I can already see that schtick 5 nights a week on his talk show.
Overall I thought he was great, and I enjoyed the show. The Oscar as neutered male was lame, but the rest of the show was so uplifting that I’d already forgotten that comment halfway through.
“We don’t make movies like Call Me by Your Name for money,” he said. “We make them to upset Mike Pence.”
I'd be down with having that be its own category. "And the Oscar for 'Most Upsetting Film For Mike Pence' goes to...Mulan! For the 20th year in a row!"
Sure, he covered the topics, but he also mansplained them away into a neat, safe, inclusivity-focused package. A forgettable hosting performance, even the morning after, and particularly in light of some more exciting and irreverent on-stage moments—the Tiffany Haddish-Maya Rudolph combo and Frances McDormand’s award acceptance immediately come to mind.
I’m overseas and followed via the NYTimes live commentary. And I can tell you that it was especially boring via text.
Kobe Bryant winning certainly seems to be provoking a lot of conversation online, if not onstage at the Oscars.
Jimmy was fine. Not exactly a ringing endorsemeng of a host. But enough with thr white men hosting these things... I really enjoyed the segment where they surprised the Wrinkle in Time audience... and I usually don't go for those bits. I would have loved more of Rudoph/Haddish... next year?
He was great. His monologue was so smart and authentic.
I think Jimmy Kimmel did exactly what an Oscars host should do: tell a few jokes that are pointed and funny and then get out of the way.
Put me on Jane Borden’s team on this one. I actually groaned at the no penis joke for the same reason she articulates. Gender equity and female empowerment are not a zero sum game ie: If women win, then men must lose. I want us all to win. The point is, we all could.
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The only awards show host who is funny is Ricky Gervais and that's because he takes the mickey out of them.
Ms. Jane Borden said it all.
It was okay. Too safe, too vanilla, but not terrible. I agree with Jane, though, about the neutered joke. It wasn’t necessary. We should strive for men to be able to control themselves, not because they are unable, but because they know better.
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