On Monday's "Tucker Carlson Tonight", Tucker and I discussed Ricky Gervais' opening monologue at the otherwise unwatchable Golden Globes show. Click below to watch:
Of course, the celebs declined to take Gervais' advice and droned on about climate change and whatnot as if he'd never uttered a word. For self-esteemed Hollywood A-listers, yakking about Trump and transgender bathrooms is their preferred way of underlining how essential artists - or "artists" - are to a society. But, curiously, in touting how important the artists are they wind up diminishing the art. Thus, nobody cares a jot or tittle about any of the winning films at such events.
Michelle Williams, for example, won for her portrayal of Gwen Verdon on "Fosse/Verdon". I knew Gwen Verdon rather well. She was on various of my BBC shows. She taught me enough dance steps that for a few years I could do a pretty good parody Fosse as my party piece. You can hear us singing together at the very end here. At any rate, Miss Williams' conjuring of Gwen - her vocal mannerisms, her carriage, her head-tilts, her burthens - was an astonishing and brilliant achievement. Her victory on Sunday night was well-deserved.
So naturally she gave an acceptance speech on abortion. What's a career-defining performance when you can be the three-thousand-and-twenty-bazillionth advocate for a "woman's right to choose"? The more self-important the artists, the more eclipsed and irrelevant the art. As someone likes to say: Sad.
You can see the full show with Tucker here.
~I'll be back on the telly later this week. But, if you prefer yours truly in non-visual formats, I'll be right here, in audio only, tomorrow, Wednesday, to host another Clubland Q&A live around the planet at 4pm North American Eastern Time - that's 9pm Greenwich Mean Time. Any of the seven billion souls on this planet within earshot is welcome to listen, but you have to be a Mark Steyn Club member to shoot me a question, and they're generally of a pretty high standard.
Also available to one and all is our annual Twelfth Night music special featuring live performances from The Mark Steyn Show by Randy Bachman, Elisabeth von Trapp, Peter Noone, Loudon Wainwright III, plus a cameo by the above-mentioned Miss Verdon.