Steve Lunetta: Trump and the Oscars

By Steve Lunetta

Last update: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

And the Oscar goes to …” Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway for “The Biggest Flub in Awards Show History.”

Wait a minute. I read the card wrong. It really goes to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm.

After the massive meltdown while presenting the Best Picture award this week, I could not help but laugh. All evening.

For an industry that takes itself so seriously and that believes its opinions should actually have any bearing on the direction our nation should go, the fiasco brought into focus one cold, hard truth. The Oscars are simply an award show for the entertainment industry.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes at the president’s expense, the repeated jabs at the new administration, and the overtly political acceptance speeches give the impression that those in entertainment believe their opinions matter more than anyone else’s – including the vast, unwashed masses in the fly-over states.

And then, the whole thing melts down in a glorious carnage of confusion, panic and ineptitude that showed the true absurdity of it all.

The wheels completely came off this solemn evening of Donald-bashing when one gentleman thought his tweeting activities were more important than handing out the all-important envelopes.

And the laughter in the White House could be heard on Rodeo Drive.

To follow that up, President Trump made an astounding speech to a joint session of Congress that surprised even the most die-hard liberals who claimed he was unhinged and reckless.

With a more toned-down approach, Trump articulated that he was simply doing what he promised in his campaign. Imagine, a politician who keeps his word and is faithful to his constituency.

The Democrats, in fairness, were polite and respectful. There were no impassioned outbursts and no “hair-on-fire” moments. It almost appeared to me that many congressional liberals are beginning to take a wait-and-see approach – as opposed to a fully oppositional stance.

In fact, there was a point during the speech in which Democrats gave him a standing ovation. Could it be that we are seeing the first signs of a move toward moderation and cooperation?

Of course, Trump is still talking about the border wall. But mixed into this idea were his thoughts on making an orderly and fair immigration system. It seems to me that if he accomplishes the latter, there would not be much need for the former.

His thoughts on trade were also telling. By placing the American worker first, we will restore industry and much of the middle class that was lost over the past 15-20 years. Trade policy must be designed so that, as Trump said, “it is a two-way street.”

Somehow, we got it into our minds that avoiding trade wars was the ultimate goal of American foreign policy. This has led to situations where huge trade barriers exist to American products being exported to other nations, but virtually none to imports from those same nations.

Trump mentioned the example of motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson which, for all intents and purposes, has given up trying to sell its products internationally.

Don’t tell me there are no buyers in foreign countries interested in such an iconic American brand. Harley could easily compete if the playing field were level. Our new administration believes this can happen.

Ironically, the motion picture industry itself could be helped by Trump’s policies. The CGI/special effects industry has been essentially eliminated in Los Angeles due to predatory tax incentive and rebate policies by Canada and Great Britain.

Many don’t know it, but the British give a roughly 25 percent rebate on CGI done in their country, leading to a boom of such companies in London. Not to be outdone, Canada gives tax incentives and rebates of up to 40-50 percent, resulting in the huge growth of CGI companies in British Columbia.

I would be comfortable with a 100 percent tariff on profits targeted at such predatory practices by our “friends.” Americans are either out of work or forced to move far from home by what amounts to “buying” of jobs from America with foreign taxpayer dollars.

Two can play at that game.

The entertainment industry would be wise to look at Trump as less of an enemy and more of a friend. While it may seem trendy and fashionable to bash a conservative president, in the end the home-grown entertainment industry would wind up profiting and employing more skilled professionals in Hollywood than ever before.

“And the Oscar goes to …” Donald Trump for bringing back policies that make America stronger.

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and is still awaiting his first Academy Award nomination. Maybe next year? He can be reached at slunetta63@yahoo.com.

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Steve Lunetta: Trump and the Oscars

And the Oscar goes to …” Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway for “The Biggest Flub in Awards Show History.”

Wait a minute. I read the card wrong. It really goes to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm.

After the massive meltdown while presenting the Best Picture award this week, I could not help but laugh. All evening.

For an industry that takes itself so seriously and that believes its opinions should actually have any bearing on the direction our nation should go, the fiasco brought into focus one cold, hard truth. The Oscars are simply an award show for the entertainment industry.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes at the president’s expense, the repeated jabs at the new administration, and the overtly political acceptance speeches give the impression that those in entertainment believe their opinions matter more than anyone else’s – including the vast, unwashed masses in the fly-over states.

And then, the whole thing melts down in a glorious carnage of confusion, panic and ineptitude that showed the true absurdity of it all.

The wheels completely came off this solemn evening of Donald-bashing when one gentleman thought his tweeting activities were more important than handing out the all-important envelopes.

And the laughter in the White House could be heard on Rodeo Drive.

To follow that up, President Trump made an astounding speech to a joint session of Congress that surprised even the most die-hard liberals who claimed he was unhinged and reckless.

With a more toned-down approach, Trump articulated that he was simply doing what he promised in his campaign. Imagine, a politician who keeps his word and is faithful to his constituency.

The Democrats, in fairness, were polite and respectful. There were no impassioned outbursts and no “hair-on-fire” moments. It almost appeared to me that many congressional liberals are beginning to take a wait-and-see approach – as opposed to a fully oppositional stance.

In fact, there was a point during the speech in which Democrats gave him a standing ovation. Could it be that we are seeing the first signs of a move toward moderation and cooperation?

Of course, Trump is still talking about the border wall. But mixed into this idea were his thoughts on making an orderly and fair immigration system. It seems to me that if he accomplishes the latter, there would not be much need for the former.

His thoughts on trade were also telling. By placing the American worker first, we will restore industry and much of the middle class that was lost over the past 15-20 years. Trade policy must be designed so that, as Trump said, “it is a two-way street.”

Somehow, we got it into our minds that avoiding trade wars was the ultimate goal of American foreign policy. This has led to situations where huge trade barriers exist to American products being exported to other nations, but virtually none to imports from those same nations.

Trump mentioned the example of motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson which, for all intents and purposes, has given up trying to sell its products internationally.

Don’t tell me there are no buyers in foreign countries interested in such an iconic American brand. Harley could easily compete if the playing field were level. Our new administration believes this can happen.

Ironically, the motion picture industry itself could be helped by Trump’s policies. The CGI/special effects industry has been essentially eliminated in Los Angeles due to predatory tax incentive and rebate policies by Canada and Great Britain.

Many don’t know it, but the British give a roughly 25 percent rebate on CGI done in their country, leading to a boom of such companies in London. Not to be outdone, Canada gives tax incentives and rebates of up to 40-50 percent, resulting in the huge growth of CGI companies in British Columbia.

I would be comfortable with a 100 percent tariff on profits targeted at such predatory practices by our “friends.” Americans are either out of work or forced to move far from home by what amounts to “buying” of jobs from America with foreign taxpayer dollars.

Two can play at that game.

The entertainment industry would be wise to look at Trump as less of an enemy and more of a friend. While it may seem trendy and fashionable to bash a conservative president, in the end the home-grown entertainment industry would wind up profiting and employing more skilled professionals in Hollywood than ever before.

“And the Oscar goes to …” Donald Trump for bringing back policies that make America stronger.

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and is still awaiting his first Academy Award nomination. Maybe next year? He can be reached at slunetta63@yahoo.com.

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Steve Lunetta

Steve Lunetta

Raging, far-centrist conservative moderate with a slightly tongue-in-cheek humorist approach.

  • Gil Mertz

    Other noteworthy Oscars should include…

    Jimmy Kimmel for his role as a serious comedian.

    Chuck Schumer for his role as a compassionate politician. Nice tears, Chuck.

    Nancy Pelosi for her role as the Scarecrow without a brain.

    Barack Obama for his role as a president for hope and change.

    Rachel Maddow for her role as a journalist.

    Michael Moore for his role as Shamu.

    The entire Democratic Party for their roles as caring about the American people.

  • Gil Mertz

    In an evening filled with lies, political cheap shots and embarrassing moments, the absolute low-light had to be the acceptance speech by Iranian Asghar Farhadi in which he wrote:

    “I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhuman law that bans entry of immigrants to the US.”

    Setting aside the lie about a “ban of immigrants to the US”, try to grasp the incalculable hypocrisy of this statement. This is coming from a country that is the leading sponsor of terror in the world. A country that stones women and executes gays. A country that shouts “Death to America!”

    And yet, Hollywood ignores all of these astounding human rights violations to indulge in their irrational hatred of President Trump and actually applauds this statement that this coward would NEVER say to the political leaders of his own perverted country for fear of death. Of course, what could we expect of shallow and arrogant people who award themselves for pretending to be someone else?

  • lois eisenberg

    Flubbing things up at the Oscars was just out of Donald’s playbook.!
    Warren and Faye had the perfect teacher in donald in how to flub things up!

    • Phil Ellis

      Lois, how is this stock market decrease under Trump working for you?

      • lois eisenberg

        I’m delighted I’m making loads of money !

  • lois eisenberg

    Trump and his truthful cabinet.
    “Contacts with Russian officials have become a persistent distraction for the Trump administration. Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, was forced to resign over his conflicting statements about conversations with Mr. Kislyak. Now Mr. Sessions was forced to rescue himself from his breach of security.
    Breach: “The act or offense of failing to keep the law or to do what law, duty, or
    obligation requires”
    Liar Trump, Liar Flynn, Liar Sessions and the beat goes on!

  • lois eisenberg

    Has anyone noticed that gasoline prices are on the rise??
    With Trump’s new Secretary of State who is a billionaire and affiliated with a very, very , very big oil company proves that oil rules! This is just the beginning !

    • Jim de Bree

      Lois, have you noticed that it is March and California refineries are switching from winter blend to summer blend and the reduced capacity means tighter gas supplies? Have you noticed that the price of gas has not gone up in other states?

      This is not the beginning it has been going on for years.

      • Ron Bischof

        Long experience reveals that facts don’t matter to Ms. Eisenberg, Jim. It’s all ideology, all the time.

      • lois eisenberg

        ” refineries are switching from winter blend to summer blend and the reduced capacity means tighter gas supplies?”
        This is what the oil companies have told the consumer for years.
        Do you have any proof of this?

  • Jim de Bree

    The interesting lesson from this is the PricewaterhouseCoopers partner (the “W” in waterhouse is lower case) is about texting while trying to engage in another substantive activity. We have all heard about the dangers of texting while driving. The poor PwC partner was tweeting while he should have been paying attention to what envelope he gave to Warren Beatty. At least nobody was injured.

  • lois eisenberg

    To tell the truth (pun intended) lies,lies,lies are of an abundance from this administration
    having the best teacher in donald in telling lies.
    The master has spoken and the deplorable’s have followed suite.

  • lois eisenberg

    The Oscars have just rewarded Donald and his cast of liars for “Liars of the Year “

  • lois eisenberg

    “When he was governor of Indiana, Vice President Pence used a private email account for official business. That private email account, which contains information too sensitive to be released to the public, was hacked last year.”

    • Phil Ellis

      Was his use of his private email account in violation of any laws as was the use of her private email by Hillary Clinton?

  • lois eisenberg

    “Scott Pruitt stated in testimony that he had never used a private email account to conduct business while he was Oklahoma’s attorney general.”
    “Yeah. Except, no.”

    “Emails released under court order last week in response to a different public records request yielded additional examples where emails were addressed to Pruitt’s private account”

  • lois eisenberg

    “Breaking: Trump went a full 24 hours without a false/misleading claim!
    Tabloids have been tracking every problematic claim made by Trump throughout his first 100 days as president. Every day since Inauguration Day, Trump made at least one false or misleading claim. So far, we’ve counted 194 false or misleading claims over 43 days.”

  • lois eisenberg

    “Pence used personal email for state business — and was hacked”
    Another Oscar winning story from donald’s administration!

  • Ron Bischof

    I agree that free trade should be fair, Steve. However, the solution is removal of trade barriers and tariffs on American exports rather than taxing (tariffs) imports.

  • lois eisenberg

    Donald has a mixed vision and is unclear about the military!
    Did you expect anymore from the Donald??

  • lois eisenberg

    “Trump, citing no evidence, accuses Obama of ‘Nixon/Watergate’ plot to wiretap Trump Tower”
    The mad man birther is at it again !!

Steve Lunetta

Steve Lunetta

Raging, far-centrist conservative moderate with a slightly tongue-in-cheek humorist approach.