Christopher Polk / Staff
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In the elevator coming into work this morning, I was nestled among a group of women chatting conspiratorially about last night's epic Oscar flub. Though I myself didn't watch the snore-fest, I heard that Warren Beatty supposedly got the "wrong card" that claimed that La La Land had won the hearts of the Hollywood Foreign Press (who even are they?) when really, it was Moonlight. But, huzzah, viewers of these sorts of shows shouldn't be surprised, because the very same thing happened a few moons ago with Steve Harvey. Though that probably caused a few more tears and plates thrown.
Okay, so we know that it wasn't poor Beatty's fault, right? He was handed the "wrong card." But what really was this wrong card? We here at Popdust are cracking down on all things that smell fishy. Either there was some betrayed employee who wanted to make Beatty look bad, or this thing goes deeper.
The Oscars is about as American as apple pie, dating back to1929. You know the drill, the glamorous dresses, the 'how do you do's', the Ryan Seacreast. After many decades, it's pretty boring. But I think this whole thing is a ploy to get some more publicity for the worn-out, dried-out, and just plain boring award ceremony that has celebrities sucking up to each other in flamboyant displays of cheese. I love it best when the music cuts off their ridiculous speeches.
But this, alas, is nothing new. As I was reminded by a line in Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, when there is scandal at the opera, one of the opera managers sings (quite deviously), "Gossip's worth it's weight in gold."
Hey, and guess what? Steve Harvey never lost his job over announcing the wrong winner of the 2015 Miss Universe competition. He is doing just dandily. In fact, he's probably better off because of that mistake. Maybe that was a conspiracy, too!
It could have just been an innocent switcharoo, but I think nothing in Hollywood can be an innocent mistake. Henry VIII didn't "accidentally poison" anyone. Robespierre didn't "accidentally guillotine" anyone. Where there's a conspiracy to be had, Popdust is here to sniff it out.
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