Shapiro on Record-Low Oscars Ratings: Americans Not Interested in Their 'Lecture' on Morality
Viewership for the 90th annual Academy Awards on Sunday was at an all-time low, and Ben Shapiro has a theory on why Americans are tuning out the Oscars.
Shapiro, a conservative commentator and author, said on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday that the ratings plummeted because Hollywood is increasingly disconnected from everyday Americans.
"When they put what they think is the best of Hollywood on display, it's what they think spits the most in the eye of the common American," Shapiro said, noting that there hasn't been a Best Picture winner since 2004 that was in the top 10 at the box office.
"So there's this great divide in Hollywood between the movies that actually earn money and movies that people want to see and movies that Hollywood wants to show us that they make," Shapiro said, joking about the Best Picture award going to a movie "about a person having sex with a fish."
"No wonder people aren't tuning in."
He added that he skipped this year's broadcast because he wasn't interested in getting a lecture on morality from people working in an industry that's in the middle of a massive sexual harassment scandal.
"That's highly irritating, I think, to most Americans, and it should be," Shapiro said. "This is Hollywood patting itself on the back at same time Hollywood is experiencing one of the greatest scandals that they've had in a century."
President Trump took to Twitter to jab the awards show over the ratings decline.
Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018
According to Nielsen, 26.5 million people watched the Oscars, down six million from last year and drastically fewer than the 43.7 million who tuned in just four years ago.