I am really sick of this whiny bullshit:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which dispenses the Oscars, acknowledged Monday that the group is “heartbroken” over the lack of diversity among this year’s acting nominees, and pledged to make “big changes.”
“I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of AMPAS.
The statement came on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as the nation remembered its commitment to civil rights and the path forged by the visionary leader.
I am pretty sure this was not part of MLK’s vision. He dreamt of a world where people were judged on their merits, not the color of their skin.
Hollywood has come under fire for the second year in a row for failing to nominate a single actor of color in any of the Academy Awards acting categories. On Monday director Spike Lee announced that he would not attend what he called the “lily-white Oscars,” while leading entertainment figures such as Jada Pinkett Smith and “Straight Outta Compton” producer (and Oscar voter) Will Packer criticized the persistent status quo.
The backlash has placed Boone Isaacs, who is African-American, in an uncomfortable position. However, she pledged in her statement that the group is addressing the problem.
“The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership,” she said. “In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.”
This is hilarious. Other than education there is no industry that is more tightly controlled by liberals than the movie business. Sidney Poitier “broke the color barrier” in 1964 when he won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Lilies of the Field.
Maybe Hollywood should use a quota system in handing out nominations and awards. And not just for “actors of color.” Every identity group should get a few trophies every year – Asians, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, trannies, the list goes on and on.
Or they could start having separate awards for minorities – a “Black Oscars” for black people, an “Asian Oscars” for Asians, and so forth. These award shows could be “safe spaces” where white people were not allowed. Resegregation now!
Or maybe . . . just maybe . . . there weren’t any black actors, directors or movies that were worthy this year. Maybe people of wealth and privilege like Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Packer should just shut the fuck up.
“I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street.” – Spike Lee