Neil Patrick Harris should be chastised and fired for what he said about Edward Snowden at the Oscars last night (Feb. 22). His remark was not the least bit funny, and it was an insult not only to Snowden but also to Laura Poitras, who had just accepted her Academy Award for Citizenfour and had saluted Snowden "for his courage." The feckless Harris then said that Snowden "couldn't be here for some treason." I couldn't believe my ears, but the NY Times confirmed what I thought I heard.
The host of the awards has no place contradicting the view of a documentary filmmaker who has just spoken eloquently of the subject of her film. To paraphrase Groucho Marx, even if this was funny I wouldn't like it. Far from funny, as I said, it was a double insult.