In a fraught moment of political protest across the country, the live mic at televised award shows has become a potent weapon.
As such, Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich has a message for those who will take the stage on Sunday’s ceremony: Bring it on.
Ehrlich has no reservations about political messages or anti-President Trump statements flying during CBS’ three and a half hour Grammycast. Artists expressing passionate opinions about real-life issues are the stuff of memorable moments, he said.
“One of the tenets of our show is artistic freedom, and over the years we’ve shown we do believe in it,” Ehrlich told Variety. “How many more times do we need to hear ‘I’d like to thank my publicist, my agent, my wife and kids.’ The great acceptance speeches are ones that have a point of view and are more personal.”
The only guidelines on speech that Ehrlich has to keep an eye (and ear) on is profanity, given the potential for CBS to be hit with FCC fines if F-bombs fly before 10 p.m. But almost everything else is fair game.
“One of the things I’ve learned from working with artists for 40 years is that they are deep-thinking, vital individuals who have interests that cover a broad cover a broad spectrum of subjects and passions,” he said. “We should certainly allow for it on the broadcast.”
Ehrlich notes that the Grammy Awards as an institution has addressed issues of social justice and equality on the telecast in recent years.
The entertainment idiots didn't affect the election so, what is the point to have them give political comments on the Grammy Awards? A solution to the immigrant problem would be for each wealthy entertainer to adopt about 1000 immigrants and live with them. We will notice a remarkable change in their opinions thereafter!
What if they want to be political and they're PRO-Trump? Will the mic accidentally go on the fritz?
Sure they will: liberals, millennials, snowflakes....
Bought and paid for by George Soreass !
The fools think that the audience cares about their opinions. What a joke, is this comedy standup time?
Who really cares???
There are a lot of more important things to worry about, besides those idiots!
i aint watching this crap...i cant stand being preached to by this asinine bunch of whack jobs.
Now the elites seem to be proud of their positions as the HERDING DRIVERS of the populous. No doubt they must bow down to the Super rich world owners who OWN Hollywood. Who also provide their OUTRAGEOUS COSTS for their performing. in case you HOLLYWOOD IDIOTS, don't realize it..., EVERYONE..., is an actor. Shakespeare knew it..., and you simple idiots..., are so illiterate..., you failed to recognize it!!! When the NWO monsters take over..., guess who will be least in demand to influence the HERD? .........., IT'S YOU BOZO!!!