Awards shows should not get too political. In recent awards seasons many viewers have turned off the ceremonies to avoid having to sit through award speeches that are too politicized. Bre Payton writes in the Federalist about a recent survey that shows that while Democrats tend to associate more with the core values of Hollywood than Repubilcans, viewers from both parties just want a break from politics.
Awards shows can withstand political overtones. For decades, the Academy Awards and all of the other awards shows leading up to it have grown accustomed to hearing left-leaning speeches from award-winning actors. In fact, writes Brian Lowry of CNN, viewers expect to hear such views and may even tune in specifically to see what controversial statements will anger conservatives the day after.