‘I love my Hungarian heritage’ – Jamie Lee Curtis’ celebration of Hungarian roots met with silence despite Oscar win

Jamie Lee Curtis, winner of the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for "Everything Everywhere All at Once," attends the Governors Ball after the Oscars on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John Locher)
By Dénes Albert
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At this year’s Oscars, Jamie Lee Curtis won the Best Supporting Actress award. The actress, who is the child of Hollywood star couple Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, was asked backstage after the awards about her ties to Hungary. She then dared to make the statement: “I love my Hungarian heritage.”

After the sentence was uttered, the room fell into a stunned silence.

However, when other actors, professing the appropriate and currently required American narrative, mention their American and other roots, the audience, filled with national self-consciousness, is able to beat their palms red with applause.

The awkward silence after the mention of Jamie Lee Curtis’s Hungarian ancestry was nothing but a testament to the intellectual poverty of America, or more precisely, of the American liberal cultural elite, which has brought about the infiltration of a hardline political expression into the realm of the arts.

If Hungary were the most vociferous supporter of war in the current Russian-Ukrainian war, if our country were not the unwanted wrench in the implementation of American plans in Europe, the Hollywood audience would have given Hungary a never-ending ovation of respect at the mention of the country’s name. Instead, there was silence, as the silent monster of “cancel culture” pounced on the award-winning actress. Compelled by the audience’s silence, she then said at the end of her speech, with some embarrassment, “Please do not cancel me.” Then, she added, “at least for tonight.”

The brainwashed intelligentsia of the world’s leading power have little talent but much scorn. For them, there is the bad actor and there is the good actor, depending on whether there is even a single mark in his or her life history that is incompatible with the foundations of the current American mainstream worldview. If a person, especially a celebrity, steps out of line, then comes a targeted mix of shaming, ostracism and silence.

Editor’s note: The actress’ father, Tony Curtis (1925-2010), was born in New York to Hungarian immigrant Jews.

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