OPINION: Hollywood award shows shouldn’t be taken so seriously

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OPINION: Hollywood award shows shouldn’t be taken so seriously

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By Megan Osborne, Staff Writer

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You see celebrities dressed up in expensive designer clothing whether it be on live TV or popular award shows. You see the audiences laughing and clapping, even when a joke isn’t that funny. But what you don’t see are the cue cards set up in the corners directing celebrities on what to do.

I myself have been on set of a live TV show in New York City. Before the show started there was a man who came out to get the audience hyped up. He told jokes and got personable with everyone in the crowd. He was a comedian of some sort and his job was primarily to get the crowd excited and comfortable for when the show would begin.

Afterward, the crowd was told we would be given signals for when to laugh and clap. The louder you were, the better the audience you were. If the audience didn’t live up to the expectations, the workers and interns made the background noise themselves.

Even celebrities have to do the same thing at popular award shows like the Oscars, the Golden Globes, etc. Everything you see on screen is an act in order to make celebrities and the program look better.

People shouldn’t take what happens on TV too seriously because in reality half the time the noise from the crowd is forced and not natural. Don’t get too caught up in what Hollywood is trying to portray to you because even though they may be dressed up to impress, they are nothing more than humans just like us.