Loser: Forced Politics
It’s near impossible to not discuss politics when our President makes it a point to take a jackhammer to our country every damn day. When a timer ticks in front of you, though, you better make your point quick; otherwise, it gets lost in the mess.
Unfortunately, nearly every dash of contempt for the POTUS or rally cry felt cheap due to screen time. It began with James Corden’s opening rap, a jumbled mess poking fun at Sturgill Simpson, calling for political resistance, and attempting to remind viewers about the Grammys long-lost ability to make dreams come true — sandwiching the politics in there for trendiness’ sake. J-Lo followed with a passionate speech that quoted Toni Morrison, but, like most early moments, faded in people’s minds mere minutes later. And then came Paris Jackson, dolled up and ready to get dirty. “We could really use this kind of enthusiasm at a pipeline protest, huh?” she said. Cue an uncomfortable shift in mood for those there, which made the blame feel like a scratched fender no one wanted to take claim for and, in turn, makes the damage all the more grueling.
It didn’t stop, and neither did the unsettling feeling of celebrities trying to use their fame for good, but the sentiment of their statements getting shortened by camera pans. Corden made another thin joke about “fake Tweets” that felt like a Jimmy Fallon stint. The president and CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Neil Portnow, called for Congress reform in a speech where monotonous delivery and a crawling pace lost people minutes before he actually got to that point. Oh, and let’s not forget Joy Villa’s gaudy MAGA dress with Trump spelled out across the train, which is, like all of these moments, best left forgotten. —Nina Corcoran