If only Michael Bloomberg could have hosted the Golden Globe. Wednesday's controversial Democratic presidential debate was watched by 20 million people on NBC and MSNBC, a record number that surpassed audience figures at the 2020 Golden Globes (18.3 million) and the 2020 Grammys (18 , 7 million).
Not that anyone should be totally surprised. Interest in Wednesday's Las Vegas showdown was drawn by the first appearance in the debate phase of Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who entered the primary race in the 11th hour – and spent more than $ 400 million so far in his campaign, with most of that cost going to advertising. The independent billionaire proved to be a strong ally for his candidates, especially Senator Elizabeth Warren, who became interested in Bloomberg early and often – much to the delight of social media.
“I’d like to talk about who we’re running for, a billionaire who calls women & # 39; fat & # 39; and "horse-faced lesbians". And no, I'm not talking about Donald Trump: I'm talking about the mayor. Bloomberg, ”Warren said Wednesday night, in the first of several scathing comments. “Democrats are not going to win if we have a candidate who has a history of hiding his tax returns, harassing women and supporting racist policies like redlining, stop and frisk. … Understand this: Democrats are at enormous risk if we replace one arrogant billionaire with another. "
Warren, who came in on Wednesday behind Bloomberg lots of research, also attacked the businessman for refusing to release women from nondisclosure agreements signed after sexual harassment agreements with the Bloomberg company. "The question is, are women tied up and being gagged by you?" Warren said. “This is not just a question about the mayor's character; this is also a matter of eligibility. We will not defeat Donald Trump with a man who knows how many confidentiality agreements and the trickle of stories of women saying they have been harassed and discriminated against. "
But it wasn't just Warren who got viewers involved in the debate (although she made the most money from it: Warren's campaign recorded its biggest fundraising day ever following Wednesday's event). Bloomberg himself also experienced Bernie Sanders' perceived wealth. "The country's best-known socialist is a millionaire with three houses," said Bloomberg. ("Like thousands of other Vermonters, I have a summer camp," said Sanders in response. "Forgive me for that.") Zinger was the best time of the night on Twitter, according to the social media platform.
Now compare these fireworks with this year's Golden Globes, which are remembered for … exactly what? Ricky Gervais mocks Leonardo DiCaprio for dating younger women ("Leonardo DiCaprio attended (the Irishman's, and in the end, his date was too old for him"))? trophies? Or the Grammys, what … happened? Perhaps? The only surprise here is that Wednesday's debate did not surpass Oscar, who fell in the lowest ratings of all time, despite some historic and publicly approved results. we will have to wait a long time to see if the Oscar ratings will also fall at the feet of the 2020 Democratic primaries: the next debate is scheduled for February 25 and will be shown on CBS and BET.
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