We don’t know about you, but we’re still processing everything that happened during the 2018 Oscars, a star-studded night with so many memorable moments. For the second year in a row, Jimmy Kimmel delivered an Oscars monologue full of timely jokes about the nominees and the industry. And in true Jimmy Kimmel Live! style, he staged an elaborate hidden camera prank, surprising moviegoers in a nearby theater by crashing their screening of A Wrinkle in Time with Hollywood’s hottest stars IRL.
We thought Kimmel did a great job hosting, as did many people on Twitter. But apparently, not everyone was impressed with his emcee skills. On Monday, March 6th, the morning after the 2018 Oscars, President Donald Trump took to his favorite social media platform to express his distaste with the ceremony.
“Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY,” Trump tweeted. “Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!”
Wow. Lots to unpack here. Let’s start with the ratings dig. It appears that Trump still really can’t let any of the digs at his own low ratings go. His “we don’t have Stars anymore” comment — why is “Stars” capitalized? — is an empty attempt at the tired “Hollywood isn’t what it used to be” complaint. The fact that Trump considers himself a star (perhaps the last remaining star) comes as no surprise and deserves the biggest of eyerolls. And the “just kidding, of course” is the insecure cherry on top of it all. He’s clearly not kidding.
Kimmel wasted no time firing back, giving Trump a taste of his own medicine.
As much as we hate to say it, Trump was sort of right about one thing: the 2018 Oscars did have low ratings. It attracted a total of 26.5 million viewers. That’s a nine-year low, down 19% from last year’s 32.9 million viewers. Kimmel was right, too. As the Associated Press reports, Trump ended his first year with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president’s first year.
Still: Who cares?
The Oscars are an awards show celebrating talented people who make movies. The ratings don’t matter. There are much more important ratings to worry about. Like, say, the president’s approval rating.
Get off Twitter and get back to work, Trump.