WASHINGTON, February 13, 2017 — Televised award ceremonies are becoming increasingly difficult to sit through. At the Golden Globes and Oscar festivities, celebrity after celebrity passes on the canned political drivel that is a staple from the left’s culture warriors.
For most, it goes in one ear and right out the other.
But the 2017 Grammy Awards, broadcast Sunday on CBS, were refreshingly different. True, the evening saw anti-Trump messages, like the one provided by Katy Perry, who donned a fascistic armband emblazoned with the word “resist,” with Skip Marley joining her in singing “Persist,” chortling, “We’re about to riot.”
But it’s impossible to picture pampered, nouveau riche pop stars breaking a fingernail, let alone a sweat, manning the barricades while in a pitched battle against “the man.”
That’s because, culturally speaking, they are the man.
The most provocative performer at the Grammys turned out to be a young woman who did not regale the Staples Center audience with a show-stopping tune, despite being a show stopper—Joy Villa.
While Villa stood on the red carpet, draped in a white cloak and posing for the paparazzi, she dramatically pulled off the snowy wrap to reveal a bold red, white and blue gown with the words “Make America Great Again” inscribed across its front.
The word “Trump” was written above the back hem, with white stars embellishing the dress as well.
It’s appropriate, then, that this young counter-culture warrior’s music is categorized as “alternative.”
“Sometimes you just gotta be free to express yourself,” said Villa on Twitter. “Life is about living free and loving it.”
The gown’s designer, Andre Soriano, an immigrant from the Philippines, told Billboard, “I’ve never been in the political area. However, it’s just so crazy that people are getting beat up because they voted for Trump … I moved here from the Philippines and I highly believe in the trueness of what this country can bring.”
Soriano also happens to be gay.
The ceremony’s more human moment occurred when singer Adel fumbled the lyrics to “Fastlove,” sung in tribute to the late George Michael.
“I’m sorry for swearing and I’m sorry for starting again,” she told the sympathetic audience, “I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him.”
Variety’s Maureen Ryan expressed her disappointment that the Grammys “connections to the turbulent [Trump] era we’re living through were few and far between.”
That’s because it’s becoming increasingly difficult for the media, even the entertainment media, to explain a world that is not one perpetual Trump protest.
A world that is incapable if sustaining a dying medium’s seething hate.
Because, as Miguel de Cervantes wrote in “Don Quixote”, “Where there’s music there can be no evil.”