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.
Having a bunch of entertainers, some of whom are very talented in a variety of areas, tell me what their political opinions are, is not something I will purposely tune in to watch.
During a political campaign they are, like everyone else, perfectly welcome to express their opinion. However, that is all it is - one more person's opinion.
We had an election; we all heard the entertainer's opinions; we voted; the entertainers did not win (for the most part); now they need to stop complaining and if they don't like what the winner plans to do, they have a choice - put their time, energy, and talents to making better that which they can contribute to; or, shut up and wait for the next election - they were outvoted this time.
People do NOT want to hear Political during the Grammy's IF they do that, I will shut it
off (Truly I probably wont even bother watching it.)
The word "Hollyweird" is just purrrrfect for them.
Communist believe that the arts and cultural enterprises of a civilization should all be devoted to the communist mission... as propaganda.
Turn off Hollywood and tune out... the entertainment industry in the US has been totally subverted to support a Marxist insurgency. Stop going to movies, don't buy popular music video's or frequent the arts anywhere... they are all socialist ideologues.
You'd think Hollywood would take the clue when we're having more and more channels that are old tv shows and movies like: MEtv, Comet, Antenna, Cozi, etc. Apparently there's money in them or they wouldn't keep coming out with more. I used to scroll through a couple of hundred cable channels and couldn't believe how many times I'd turn it off and say there's nothing worthwhile to watch. Disconnected the cable 2 years ago.....and find plenty without it, watching: Andy Griffith, Hazel, Mary Tyler Moore, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Big Valley, Rifleman, etc. Not missing cable AT ALL.
most of these hollywood clowns are barely high school grads
Grammys . One rich jackass kissing another rich jackass A**
Hey i would hope that every trump supporter and hard working american will boycott the grammy's because it is now nothing more than using a program to destroy the usa president. If we all ban together and do not watch, than the advertisers will get the message to stay out of political games.
Music no one listens to, speeches no one will hear.
What a crowd of losers this is!
TURN THIS CRAP OFF!! I'll be damned if I'll participate in any of these Culture Killing Rants, who have bastardized the Awards. They have taken things that were once enjoyable, and turned them to ugliness.