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The Reality-Onion Convergence Continues

Oscar statues outside the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2016. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

The old comedy show In Living Color had a skit where news reporters were covering the annual Heterosexual Pride Parade, a meager affair because there were so few straight people left.

I thought of that when I saw this story from NPR:

Hollywood’s biggest night, the Oscars ceremonies, will not feature an official host guiding the event this year, according to the president of ABC Entertainment which will broadcast the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

Karey Burke told television reporters that the telecast would have “a pretty exciting opening” even without a host.

It’s kind of amazing: After Kevin Hart backed out for making jokes on Twitter about gays nearly a decade ago, it seems like there are just no people left in Hollywood without having said, done, or been something problematic. At least none willing to take the job. It almost begs for an Onion headline: “Academy Awards Goes Hostless After Search for Intersectional-Friendly Emcee Comes Up Empty.”

Who knows — maybe hosting the Oscars will become the most high-profile job taken by AI:

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Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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