The Oscars this year provided the perfect opportunity for self-righteous celebrities to truly show America just how narcissistic Hollywood has become. From bashing Donald Trump to sending metaphorical Valentine’s Day cards to themselves, Hollywood continues to demonstrate its sense of superiority over the rest of America.

Take for example Viola Davis’s teary acceptance speech for her award as a supporting actress in the film Fences. She called herself an “artist” and claimed that artists are “the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.” She is praising herself for having a career that contributes nothing to society besides entertainment. While doctors, firefighters, police officers and soldiers are busy saving lives, sometimes at the expense of their own, Viola Davis praises herself and her own career as an entertainer.

Hollywood continues to demonstrate its sense of superiority over the rest of America.

Gael Garcia Bernal claimed to be against any form of wall, except for apparently the one around the venue where the awards ceremony was being held…and the one that I’m sure surrounds his house. He also said that actors are like migrant workers because they have to travel for work…because surely actors working abroad understand the challenges of assimilating to other cultures, learning different languages and performing low-paid manual labor to make ends meet.

These self-righteous, hypocritical, virtue-signaling celebrities are laughably out of touch with the American mainstream.

Others went on to talk about bringing refugees into America which begs the question of just how many refugees they’re paying to house. An Iranian director even refused to show up to the ceremony in protest of President Trump’s travel ban, commenting on how inhumane America is for implementing the ban. The producer conveniently forgot the gross human rights violations committed by his own country.

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These self-righteous, hypocritical, virtue-signaling celebrities are laughably out of touch with the American mainstream. Many of them have never had to experience any of the financial, social or professional struggles the majority of Americans face every day. Their lives have been easy. They are so out of touch with reality, they genuinely believe that Americans care about their causes and political beliefs.

We as citizens need to show these Hollywood elites that we do not care about the opinions of self-righteous, out-of-touch narcissists. The 2017 Oscars had a pitiful viewership, being the second-least watched in the history of the Oscars. The American public does not appreciate celebrities telling us how to live our lives.

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Mark Jennings is a student at the University of Arizona. He has a passion for politics and political leadership and has attended conferences with Turning Point USA, the American Conservative Union and the Jeff Utsch Foundation. Mark is also the secretary and a founding member of Turning Point USA at the University of Arizona.

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