When growing up my mom made it seem that the Ms. America pageant and the Ms. World pageant were important. She also made me think that the Oscars were somehow important. Matter of fact every major television event was deemed to be important because...
television said so.
And so there I sat, for reasons unknown to me, watching dutifully the various pageantry and pomp along with 200 million other doltish Americans.
But as I grew up and realized I had more pressing matters (food, clothing, shelter, friends, life, etc.) things like the Ms. American Pageant, the World Series, the Superbowl, and the Oscars went to the wayside and I don't think I could name one team/person/actor that ever won or were nominated.
Fast forward 20 years and the Oscars have become something like your appendix:
It may have served a purpose at one point in time in the past, but it no longer does now.
And that criticism can be levied against pretty much every form of "award" or "trophy" since the boomers took over.
Take for instance the "Nobel Peace Prize."
What a laughable joke that has become.
It would be more aptly named, "Prize given to leftists that other leftists in Scandinavia like and will use to reciprocally politically masturbate one another and we don't give two flying f#cks about peace."
"Teacher of the year" anybody? Yes, you championed socialism and brainwashed little children to vote the way they need to to ensure your pension is funded. They have no skills, they have no talent, and you are laughably not a REAL educator, teacher, or mentor, but hey, you towed the socialist line the best, so let's lie to the people and call you "teacher of the year."
And what obsoleted "honor list" would not be complete without that veritable worthless rag Time Magazine. Yes, their "Person of the Year" award. How galactically vain, retarded, stupid, pointless, political and other adjectives I can't use because it's "No Cursing Week." Yes, if you want to know your career is over, just look to see if Time Magazine has published something about you.
In short, the premier societal prizes and awards that were given to people of genuine competence and skill have been completely co-opted by political forces to use as a tool to fool Americans into thinking they are wrong, their tastes are wrong, and perhaps even bigoted and racist. That society is much more hip and classy than the average American really is, and you are just a rube, a noob, and a hick if you don't believe "12 years a Slave" is the greatest movie ever.
The truth is these are all false trophies, all false prizes, and are nothing more than propagandist tools. The Oscars, the Nobel Peace Prize, Time's "Entity of the Year" and the Pulitzer no longer have any meaning, veracity, worth, merit or relevance. They have been co-opted and corrupted by the baby boomer's AARP/leftist/political arm and are about as relevant and purposeful to society as the people advocating them (worthless).
So when you're asked this week to attend an "Oscar" party by an aging 50 something, or somebody comments on who the latest Pulitzer prize winner is, or somebody says, "my goodness, did you see who Time declared person of the year!?" do yourself and your generation a favor. Pat them on the head. Fetch them some Metamucil, and be thankful these pointless, self-serving and aggrandizing "prizes" will go the way of the dinosaur in about 20 years.
Because by that time the generations that are alive will have much more pressing financial and economic matters to attend to and won't be able to afford to worry about what meaningless award a group of leftists concocted, created, and awarded to themselves.
Enjoy the decline!