Not even 24 hours after Moonlight won Best Picture at the 89th annual Academy Awards, conservative talking head Tucker Carlson was a guest on Fox & Friends, trashing the movie. Carlson attributed Moonlight's win to "a political imperative," rather than to it simply being a film good enough to win an Oscar.
Speaking to the Fox & Friends hosts, Carlson said:
It was foregone. You knew that Moonlight had to win because you knew what the film was about. And that's part of the problem with Hollywood. Tons of really talented people there, brilliant at making movies. But the second you feel a political imperative, it destroys your art. The second you feel like you need to elevate the country, you become overbearing and pompous and boorish.
Oh, Tucker, no. No, no, no, no, no. This wasn't about destroying anyone's art, nor was it overbearing or boorish that the Academy picked Moonlight, a movie that has been getting rave reviews since it was first seen at Sundance.