Citizens of the world sit in high anticipation today, as the world awaits the fate of…the Oscars? Or is it the fate of the citizens of Ukraine? The fact that it would be hard to know the answer to that question is a pretty telling as the Oscars will compete for a worldwide audience with rivals of the old cold war.
For years, after World War II, the United States of America and the United Soviet Socialists Republic battled for supremacy, both in weapons, in industry and in social and political importance. Russia fell off the map in many categories when its economy collapsed (couldn’t pay their bank loan?) and have been battling for quite sometime now to find their footing in the international community.
People all over the world who paid attention to sports or to weapons prowess had to concede that the USSR was the dominant power of the world during the buildup of the cold war. Conversely, those who paid attention to movies and entertainment would be forced to tip their hats to America. Nowhere is that more telling than the power that the Oscars have had on the world stage.
Meanwhile, the fate of the citizens of Ukraine hangs in the balance. In the Oscar ceremony, the various press agencies will be hailing the efforts of hundreds, if not thousands of people who have faked something, while divisions within those same agencies will be investigating the activities of something real that it is happening.
The Oscars showcase a pretend stage, often of fake bullets and fake blood, while recent events in Ukraine have exhibited the painful scenario of real bullets and real blood. The Oscars offer up awards for makeup and wardrobe, lighting and design, while citizens in Ukraine hope to receive the awards of freedom and peace, of a bright future and an end to civil unrest.
It’s hard not to empathize with the citizens of Ukraine, especially for the citizens of America, since we were so absolutely sold on fearing the possibility of the same thing they are currently facing, often times from the very industry we are celebrating today. The movie business made quite a few movies and quite a bit of money capitalizing on the scenario of Russian troops invading our borders.
Movies like Red Dawn, Red Heat and The Hunt For Red October capitalized on the fear of Russia’s great military prowess, but all the while the Oscars’ Red Carpet seemingly defeated them all. As the telecast for today’s show brings viewers from all over the world to view the victories and defeats of Hollywood, one can only hope there will be some resonant empathy for the people of Ukraine. While we citizens in America spent the last century cheering against the people of Ukraine, who were part of the Soviet Union and our enemies of the cold war period, it would seem those feelings of angst have most likely passed away. As the Oscars drag on into the night and everyone privately hopes for their end, hopefully we can also hope for a peaceful and satifying end to the crisis now happening in Ukraine.
Opinion By Jeff Rowe