President Trump shared harsh critiques of past Academy Awards
During his daily press briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer revealed that President Trump and First Lady Melania will not be watching the Academy Awards this year. The president will instead host his Governor's Ball that night. Spicer said that "I think Hollywood is known for being rather far to the left in its opinions."
This is coming after actress Meryl Streep took the opportunity to slam Trump in her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. Trump fired back on Twitter soon after, saying she was overrated and a "Hillary flunky":
This isn't the first time Trump has spoken out against award shows; he's had a habit of doing so long before his presidency.
In 2013, he said he would live-tweet the show "by popular demand":
He continued the trend in 2014 and beyond:
He even took the opportunity to critique then-President Obama at the same time:
Check out his Academy Awards tweets:
In 2015, Trump released a video on Instagram saying he should host the show:
"The Academy Awards last night were absolutely terrible ... boring, ugly sets, everything," he said. "I have the perfect host for next year: me."
Now that he's president, though, that probably won't happen -- and he has the Governor's Ball that night, anyway.