Much has been made about the clearly political overtones of the 88th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, but now even liberal commentator Piers Morgan is speaking out against the divisive rhetoric, calling it "exhausting."
In an opinion editorial for Britain's Daily Mail published Monday, Morgan lamented a number of celebrities invoking political issues into nearly every aspect of the event, from racism to global warming to gay rights.
"I'm exhausted; physically, mentally, emotionally and psychologically drained," Morgan wrote.
"By the time Leonardo DiCaprio walked up on stage to collect his first and long-overdue Best Actor award, I was on my knees praying for him to just smile, thank the Academy, then his mum and tell us what this moment means to him," Morgan added.
But that isn't what happened — and it was perhaps due to the fact that producers beforehand asked nominees to provide the names of people they wanted to thank so they could be scrolled across the bottom of the screen, giving Oscar winners more time to talk about other topics during their acceptance speeches.
That decision, as Morgan put, "fell prey to a new horror."
"A horror in which the whole point of everyone being there or watching at home — to celebrate great acting and movies — was usurped by a burning desire to pontificate about sex abuse, racism, honor killings, corporate greed, climate change, pedophilia and gay rights," Morgan continued.
The British commentator also specifically called out host Chris Rock, who at the end of the show stated "Black Lives Matter," which Morgan said was "an unnecessary endorsement of a current African-American activist movement."
"Wouldn't a simple, fun, movie-related gag have been a better sign-off for a global audience?" Morgan asked.
You can read Morgan's piece at the Daily Mail in its entirety here.