Hey, we’re all for ripping on the 2011 Oscars, but leave the kids alone. While most of the criticisms of last Sunday’s show revolved around James Franco & Anne Hathaway being upstaged by Billy Crystal & the ghost of Bob Hope, Bravo’s inescapable VP and reunion show host Andy Cohen told the folks on Morning Joe that it was P.S. 22′s rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” that ‘ruined everything.’
There was a thing called ‘Up With People’ in the ’70s or ’80s. Here’s what: Oscar night is not about Up With People. Like, I don’t need to see that. It was just bad. It was just awful. It was horrible…A public school chorus singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” I literally — if I wasn’t going to go out to some parties I would have slit ’em right then. It was the worst. I was looking for a knife to stick in my eyes, it was so terrible. Everything has its time and place. The end of the Oscars is—we don’t want to see this. You just ruined everything.
While having the winners march out mid-song was a bit much, we’d argue that the presence of sweet little schoolchildren would be welcome if the show didn’t shoehorn them into a weird “old movies meets new media” theme that the hosts and writers were too incompetent or too indifferent to get over. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin would have had no problem setting up the stage for these sweethearts last year. And wasn’t it worth it just to see when Anne Hathaway told P.S. 22 they were going to Hollywood? Though Cohen swore that he loved, loved public schoolchildren before his rant, anyone who thought P.S. 22 was the worst part of the show probably hates kids just a little.
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