Hollywood is so out of touch with real life that they can’t even figure out how to build a successful business. But maybe it is just me who is out of touch, but I have never thought it was a successful business model to insult your customers.
Take this year’s Emmy Awards, the Oscars for TV equivalent. One of the co-hosts, Michael Che, took the opportunity to seemingly slag Christians and Republicans. According to reports, Che is also a co-host of Saturday Night Live.
During one of his Emmy rants, Che said:
“My mother is not watching. She said she doesn’t watch white award shows because you guys don’t thank Jesus enough. That’s true. The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.”
The only good thing about this lame excuse for a joke is that there was only a smattering of laughter and applause.
Che set this joke up by commenting on the free fall in viewership for the Emmy Awards. There are a number of methods to measure viewership of a TV program and they all showed that the 2017 Emmy Awards had the lowest rating in the history of the award show.
And the results are in for this year’s show revealing that the 2018 Emmys shattered last year’s record low viewership.
The viewership for the 2018 Award show was down 11% from the 11.4 million people who watched the Emmy Awards in 2017 and 2016. Other measurements said the drop was 10% but noted just as significantly that this was a new record low.
What is even more disturbing is that some commentators suggested this year’s show broadcast on CBS had no real competition in the same time slot on other networks.
If you think insulting Christians, Conservatives and Republicans is the way to build a successful business model, you are living in another world. You are talking about half the population of the US.
And now some on Social media are suggesting insulting Christians is also becoming old and boring.
So how are Christians supposed to deal with insults? Jesus says:
26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way. (Luke 6:26 NASV)
In this verse, Jesus was telling us there are some people you don’t want speaking well of you. There are some people you don’t want to like you. In fact, there are some people who you want to hate you.
Should Christians want people in Hollywood to like us? In its current state, for the most part I would say no.
In fact, the “woe to you,” implies it’s a bigger problem if they do speak well of you, because it means you are no different than them. So be thankful that many Hollywood types are insulting Christians and Conservatives.
But unfortunately, Jesus didn’t stop there. After telling us we should want to have enemies, the Lord says:
27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Luke 6:27-28 NASV)
Yes we need to love those who we want to hate us and even pray for them. If Che’s comment has any basis to truth, he probably already has a Christian grandmother praying for him.