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Political Backlash Follows the Oscars THR

Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony has sparked a political backlash, with the complaints focused mainly on one element of the show: the appearance by Michelle Obama. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that conservative media members are complaining about the first lady’s announcement of “Argo” as winner of the Oscar for best picture during the ABC telecast.

“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?” THR reports. “The segment, of course, had Jack Nicholson introducing the first lady, who appeared live from the White House on a giant screen at the Dolby Theatre. Behind her were U.S. military personnel.”

Rush Limbaugh compared Obama’s appearance to the 1984 television commercial for the Apple Macintosh computer, which used "Big Brother"-like imagery.

"When I saw Michelle Obama on that giant screen, I mean, she dwarfed Nicholson,” Limbaugh said. “And I thought of 1984, the Macintosh ad from the Super Bowl in 1984. Exact type of scenario, except Michelle Obama was actually the Dear Leader of this, obviously a totalitarian state. And the Dear Leader was making some giant speech and fist-pounding and robotic citizens were sitting there nodding."

Twitter users, meanwhile, took to guessing where the first lady might appear next, using the hashtag #NextMichelleObamaAppearance. Guesses included "Announcing the next pope" and "Driving the pace car at Indy 500."

Republican President Ronald Reagan appeared at the 1981 Oscars, but didn't present an award, the story notes.