On the night when Hollywood slaps itself on the back for a job well done, Billy Crystal – hosting the event for a fifth time on February 26, 2012 – took a deep swipe at criticizing the 2012 Republican candidates running for president.
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Though done humorously, it was done. Billy Crystal was mid-stream in the lengthy live broadcast when he was introducing actor Christian Bale at the Academy Awards in Hollywood. While introducing him, Crystal chose to remind the audience of some of the movie roles which Bale has played over the years. Then, Crystal openly compared the negative characters to the GOP hopefuls.
A dark knight, an American psycho, a charismatic crack addict. You’ll get to choose one on Super Tuesday.
Crystal is getting more heat for the show’s opening bit in which he played a black-faced Sammy Davis, Jr. – a successful stunt he played in the 1980s. In 2012, however, a viral crowd on Twitter – many of whom are too young to know Sammy Davis or remember Crystal’s 20-year-old stunt – reacted mostly negatively.
To explain Crystal’s GOP joke, Super Tuesday is the day in February or March in which many states hold their primary elections throughout the United States. This year, Super Tuesday will be on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The states involved this time around are Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.
The Republican candidates for president in 2012 of which Crystal was referring are Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul.
Incidentally, more than half of the televisions in the United States that were on during the Oscars – 52% – were tuned to the presentation in which the nostalgic, black-and-white motion picture ‘The Artist’ won best picture.
The ratings data for the evening is not good news for another Republican, Donald Trump, whose Celebrity Apprentice show aired during the Oscars, on NBC.
Crystal’s political persuasion is not known.
The primary source of this article is ABC, the television network that broadcast the Oscars.
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