Five of the Biggest Things in the Entertainment World from 2022
Say what you want about it, but 2022 was an eventful year for the entertainment industry. A lot happened, from award shows being crashed by people acting out on the stage to shakeups in who runs the entertainment and social media landscape. With 2022 over, I had to go back and look at some of the more memorable moments to be found during the year. These were the choices that I had to make regarding the biggest.
Will Smith Slap Ruins the Oscars
Will Smith and Chris Rock essentially ruined the Oscars in 2022. After the latter made a crack about Jada Smith, the former Prince of Bel-Air responded by walking onstage and slapping the comedian before cussing him out on live TV. As a result, this one moment overshadowed everything else about the award ceremony.
In the aftermath, Chris Rock went into seclusion on social media, while Will Smith got heavily punished for his actions. Despite winning his first Oscar that night, he was banned for the next ten years, severely tarnishing his reputation. In the meantime, the Internet got plenty of memes out of the incident.
All the Celebrity Deaths
It’s given that every year will see the death of a famous leader or celebrity; that’s a part of life. However, 2022 saw a lot of famous people pass away. On a global stage, none seemed more shocking than the passing of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. Having ruled her country for seventy years, her death in September 2022 sent much of the world into mourning. We might not see another leader like her for centuries, if ever.
On a more nerdy front, this year saw the deaths of several icons in pop culture. Firstly, there was Nichelle Nichols, AKA LT. Uhura from Star Trek. Kazuki Takahasi, the mangaka who created Yu-Gi-Oh!, drowned while trying to help save a group of swimmers. Lastly, we lost Kevin Conroy, the iconic voice of Batman for the last thirty years. Thus, this year was sad for many nerds.
Returning to Westeros in House of the Dragon
After the unsatisfying ending to Game of Thrones back in 2019, many fans felt disillusioned with Westeros altogether. So, when it was announced that HBO would be doing a prequel series called House of the Dragon, fans could be forgiven for being skeptical. However, it turns out that, despite the way Game of Thrones ended, people were still eager to see the stories Westeros had to offer.
Taking place 150 years before Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon shows Westeros when the Targaryens were at their peak. The show itself covers the events that led to the Targaryen’s turning on each other and wasting their greatest assets, the dragons, in a pointless civil war. Despite vowing not to get emotionally invested in the characters this time, I couldn’t help but love House of the Dragon. With a bigger budget, superb actors, and better writing (for now), the series hearkens back to Game of Thrones at its peak. That, and there are more dragons this time around, and they all look amazing.
Elon Musk Controls (Then Leaves) Twitter
In Spring 2022, Elon Muck announced that he was currently in talks to purchase Twitter, thereby making him owner of one of the biggest social media apps in the world. After months of speculation on whether or not he’d pull it off, in October, Musk announced that he’d done it. He was now the CEO of Twitter. Then the chaos began.
Since Musk’s takeover, people started jumping ship from Twitter, with some even leaving info for other social media sites they were on. Then came news of the massive layoffs followed by Musk’s insistence to the remaining staff to work harder than they could hope to do so, earning him criticism for his actions. In mid-December 2022, Musk posted a poll asking Twitter users if he should step down as CEO; the 57.5% vote for that says it all. Time will tell if Twitter can survive this turmoil and whether Musk will stay in charge.
Bob Chapek Dismissed as Disney CEO
The House of Mouse is one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world and owns a sizeable chunk of the industry. So when things start going for them, people tend to pay attention. Bob Chapek learned this the hard way when he was unceremoniously ousted from his position as CEO of Disney. The former head of Disney had been in charge for less than two years, but didn’t inspire confidence.
First there was the incident with Scarlett Johansson that made headlines. Then came the mishandling of Disney+ in the wake of the Pandemic, using it as the only place where films like Luca and Turning Red could be seen. In addition, Disney was slow to respond to Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, attracting even more controversy. Worst of all, though, Chapek called animation, the very thing that built Disney, meant for kids and kids alone, angering countless people. Add in the fact that The Owl House got canned right as it was finally hitting its stride, and it’s no wonder he got ousted. Bob Chapek’s out, Bob Iger’s back in.
What Big Events in the Entertainment World Do You Think Defined 2022? Let us know, and Happy New Year!