Is Hollywood happier these days? As I watched the 2014 Oscars, I thought to myself, I really like these entertainers.
In 2013, Mary Louise Parker sat down with The New York Daily News and discussed the possibility of leaving show business because the people in the industry were just too mean. And at the time, I could see the mean Hollywood she referenced. Visions of Paris Hilton/Brandon Davis and the fire crotch incident, vicious real Hollywood “housewives” (an oxymoron because those ladies are not real), crazy mean Kanye, and the venom of Micheal Moore came to mind.
Lupita Nyong’o spoke of dreams and crossing barriers in her Oscar acceptance speech. Her words moved me to tears because I, too, have dreams. Her words made her accessible to me. I want to retire and write in a cottage by the sea. Her dreams came true. I applaud her and can relate to her.
Then Matthew McConaughey thanked God for his Oscar. Yes, God. And people all over the world breathed a sigh of relief. People could relate to him because according to Pew Research, www.pewresearch.org, there are 5.8 billion people in the world (from the 2010 recorded 6.9 billion population) who are associated with some religion. 5.8 billion believers.
Jennifer Lawrence falls down often. She is gorgeous, talented, bright, and a go-getter. And, just like me, she has two left feet. She falls and then she laughs at herself. She is accessible, fun, and klutzy.
I enjoyed Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski on the Red Carpet. I have to admit, I am done with Joan Rivers. Do you really have to rip people to shreds to critique their attire? I am not sure why Hollywood continues to tolerate her mockery and ridicule. I like the kinder and gentle Johnny and Tara.
How about those Southern girls from next door? Sandra Bullock (Virginia) and Julia Roberts (Georgia) both appear down to earth. I am not going to pretend I have rubbed elbows with either, but both come from my neck of the woods, both have endured hard-ships , and both have smiles from here to Texas.
I know my perceptions of Hollywood could be completely wrong. These are actors, and they could just be doing what they do best, acting. This trend could be an illusion of kindness. But I am comfortable living in my illusion/delusion for the moment. There are worst things than being called delusional, I could be called mean.
I like the idea of kinder more accessible Hollywood Stars.