Frances McDormand’s ‘inclusion rider’ sets the movie bar low

Frances McDormand’s ‘inclusion rider’ sets the movie bar low, by Jennifer Oriel.

When Frances McDormand won the Oscar for best actress yesterday … she saved the best to last: “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.”

Despite first impressions, inclusion rider is not politically correct porn or a slow train to a re-education camp. It’s a contractual rider that actors with a messiah complex insert to demand gender and race diversity on set. It’s the kind of requirement that killed off Star Wars and Ghostbusters , as politically correct casting gave us charisma-free viewing.

It’s uncertain how many box-office bombs it will take until Hollywood’s comrades realise people won’t pay good money for ugly and boring, no matter how politically correct ugly and boring is. We want beauty, stunning vistas, original thought and great adventures. We want the fruits of genius, not the low-hanging fruit of social justice. …

The danger of identity politics is it feeds ego while arresting development in a culture of low expectations.

TV Ratings: Oscars Drop to All-Time Low, by Michael O’Connell.

The telecast stumbles an unfortunate 19 percent from 2017. … All three marquee events of the U.S. TV calendar thus far — the Golden Globe Awards, the Grammys and the Super Bowl — were off significantly from 2017.