The Oscars: Reading Between the Lines & Finding Conservative Values

matthew-mcconaughey-oscar-2014-speech-giRarely do I watch award shows. After the twerking episode on MTV’s American Music Awards, I am even more leery of any part of pop-culture that is dominated by the left. However, I did tune in to watch the Oscars, and what I saw was quite surprising. And after some reflection, I am slightly encouraged at what I view to be pushback against the left coast, left wing status quo.

You just knew it was gonna be an interesting twist to conventional liberal media when at the end of her monologue Ellen DeGeneres held nothing back and poked fun at the obvious 900 pound gorilla in the room, and it was hilarious. Could it be that the faithful have, at least, begun to have their fill of liberal social engineering?

DeGeneres said, “Anything can happen. So many different possibilities. Possibility number 1, ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ wins best picture. Possibility number 2, you’re all racists.”

This final joke of her monologue closed to huge laughs and applause. Either Hollywood is learning to laugh at itself or, well  . . . we can only hope.

What seems to be generating the most post Oscar buzz is the acceptance speech made by Matthew McConaughey after winning the award for best actor.  Time Entertainment called it “Confounding” and “Semi-Bizzare.” I call it genius.  Time wrote, “After winning for his role as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyer’s Club, Matthew McConaughey launched into a semi-bizarre tale about his inner life.”

Here is what we learned:

This wasn’t just an average “I want to thank the academy and my wife” speech, and the timing for it couldn’t have been better. I see this as a huge pushback against the establishment Hollywood hierarchy, and maybe even a poke in the eye of the power bosses who have kept conservative values in the taboo column for so long. Of course, one can only make such a statement after winning the industry’s most coveted award. After all, who, in their right mind, is going to black list an academy award winning, huge box office draw?

In his speech, McConaughey first thanked God, then paid great tribute to and acknowledged the importance of family in his life, and he rounded it out by emphasizing the importance of setting personal goals to achieve individual excellence. And he did it masterfully.

Most of us have watched the cornerstones of the traditional American culture fall under attack for generations. Hollywood has told us, for decades, that Christians, traditional families, conservative values, and individualism and personal excellence were wrong for the collective. McConaughey took a swipe at all past political correctness, in less than 4 minutes, and proved that personal success and appreciation for traditional moral code is a good thing.

There is a crack in the Hollywood, liberal media, culture dam. With the success of more like McConaughey, liberal social engineering can be reversed and a return to the American culture we crave can be achieved.

Lisa Payne- Naeger

Lisa Payne-Naeger works to educate and inform members of the Grassroots movement, and others, through activism, being a citizen lobbyist, writing for, ( blogging, hosting a weekly internet radio program and working with the Grassroots activist organization, Missouri Grassroots Coalition. You can read Lisa at Culture Vigilante, Homeschooling United, Guardian Ad Litem Reform and get Lisa's radio programming schedule at Missouri Grassroots Coalition.

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