On Tuesday, April 27, Former President Donald Trump accused the Oscars show of having become too political in favor of the Democrat Party, pointing out that is how the annual Hollywood gala is suffering its smallest TV viewership in history.
In a statement via Save America PAC, Trump also suggested the Oscars get rid of its current formula, bring back a great host, and change its name back to the Academy Awards.
“What used to be called The Academy Awards, and now is called the “Oscars”—a far less important and elegant name – had the lowest Television Ratings in recorded history, even much lower than last year, which set another record low,” Trump said.
The 93rd annual Oscars Awards, held on Sunday night in Los Angeles, attracted an audience of only 9.8 million, down nearly 60% percent over last year. The viewership was 29.6 million in 2019 and 43.7 million in 2014.
Trump, a former president and reality TV star warned that the Oscars show’s already record-low TV rating would even become worse if it does not change.
“If they keep with the current ridiculous formula, it will only get worse—if that’s possible,” he said.
“Go back 15 years, look at the formula they then used, change the name back to THE ACADEMY AWARDS, don’t be so politically correct and boring, and do it right. ALSO, BRING BACK A GREAT HOST,” Trump advised.
The former president then explained that “These television people spend all their time thinking about how to promote the Democrat Party, which is destroying our Country, and cancel Conservatives and Republicans. That formula certainly hasn’t worked very well for The Academy!”
Trump offered his advice after critics slammed the Oscars Awards as too “woke.”
According to New York Post, the critics lambasted ABC’s broadcast on Hollywood’s biggest night, once a must-see TV event, for being too preachy, lacking a host, and failing to show enough clips of the movies up for awards as in the past.
The Post citing comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the Oscars in 2017 and 2018, said, “How can something so woke put so many people to sleep?”
“Speaking of elaborate funerals, did you watch the Oscars last night? Not many people did. The ratings for the Oscars plummeted from 23 million last year to less than 10 million this year,” he said on his show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday night.
During his tenure at the White House, Trump also had several times weighing in the Oscars show.
In 2009, Trump said the awards were “on hard times” as audiences “got tired of people getting up and making fools of themselves… and disrespecting the people in this room and the people that won the election in 2016,” The Hill noted.
In 2018, Trump tweeted the show was the “Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY.”
At a rally in Colorado last year, Trump ridiculed the Oscar voters for handing over the best picture prize to the South Korean film “Parasite,” according to Newsmax.