10 reasons to no longer present galas

Were you surprised on June 20 when TVA announced the end of the Gala Artis? Not me. On the contrary. I was surprised that there weren’t more galas who received their death warrant.

I’ve been covering galas for years The newspaperand over time, what started out as “nights full of excitement” became “nights full of frustration”.

Here are ten reasons why the remaining galas should also disappear, like the dinosaurs of another era.

1. Duration.

Why hit two or three hours of TV when the next day, the media will summarize in 45 seconds the important winners, make us play hard-hitting excerpts and explain the controversy of the hour?

2. Outfits.

One of the only interests of French or American galas is to see who is the best-dressed star. In Quebec, it’s to see who is the least badly dressed. Stars complain about having to dress smart because our designers don’t lend dresses. And that’s not to mention the “double standard” between men and women. By eliminating the galas, the entire UDA directory can dress in soft clothes and let their leg hair grow and hair grow back!

3. Flat acceptance speeches.

It has always fascinated me to see stage professionals who have had 364 days to prepare for the eventuality of winning a trophy, find themselves so helpless and babbling once on stage.

4. Moral lessons.

If I want to make myself feel guilty or accused of all evil, I will read a columnist from the To have to or go to a Québec solidaire convention. But on an evening of celebration, champagne and celebration of excellence, I don’t want to be singled out by well-meaning priests.

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5. Political correctness.

She killed audacity, insolence, sarcasm, the second degree: all the ingredients that make a gala spicy, spicy and spicy and not a bland and tasteless evening. By dint of being afraid of offending “everyone and his-his-his-neighbours”, we no longer tease anyone. If the galas don’t have the courage to be iconoclastic, let them disappear.

6. “The between-oneself”.

When a Petit Milieu has a party with jokes or references that only members of the Petit Milieu can understand, or rewards works that only the Petit Milieu has seen, the General Public feels excluded and wants to make a Big Finger of Honor in the Petit Milieu.

7. The weakness of the texts.

Too many galas in recent years have surfed on texts of nameless banality. When we have come to the point that comedy galas are no laughing matter, it is time to call “SOS-Die with Dignity”.

8. The ratings.

They melted faster than the Arctic glaciers. And it’s not just “the fault of the pandemic”.

9. Chewing gum.

Do I really need to explain?

10. Mediocrity.

A gala is supposed to celebrate excellence, achievement, effort. If the language is loose, the numbers are sloppy and the attitude jaded, what exactly are we celebrating?

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