Conservative media wasted no time complaining about first lady Michelle Obama's presentation of the best picture Oscar during Sunday night's Academy Awards.
Soon thereafter, Twitter users created the hashtag #NextMichelleObamaAppearance, with suggestions for where the first lady will next appear. Examples included “Announcing the next pope,” “Driving the pace car at Indy 500 “ and “Writing a ‘Dear Abby’ column that will be required to be carried by all newspapers.”The criticism began almost immediately. Newsman Steven Gregory of KFI-AM, a Los Angeles talk station that carries Rush Limbaugh's syndicated show, tweeted that “when Michelle Obama was introduced by Jack Nicholson most of the reporters in the media groaned … loudly.” (THR staffers in the press room didn't notice a mass groan.)
Talk radio hosts took to the airwaves, largely taking the position that the Oscars should have been an Obama-free zone. The gist: Hollywood’s reputation for liberalism is well known, so why rub it in the faces of GOP moviegoers?