Saturday, January 23, 2016

Offensive Oscar outrage or odious objicients...

Once again the natives are getting restless. Oops, can I say that? Another whitewash; another blackout (literally!). The lack of black faces for the 2016 Oscar nominations is again causing the racists to shout racist. Looking at the graph (left: click to enlarge) it seems to me that black actors are OVER represented in the award winners - maybe they were the best actors those years? The article for the graph - from The Economist - says "FOR the 20 actors nominated for an Oscar all to be white could at best be seen as a surprise. For that to be true two years running is, to many, a scandal." What? Why a surprise? And why 2 years a scandal? WTF? Looking at film roles the split is spot on and the Oscar win: Oscar nomination ratio is higher for black Americans; being 12.6% of the US population and 'only' 10% of Oscar nominations - presumably the only real thing any reasonable person possible complain about - is no reason to whinge although the racist race hustlers will always whinge.

HOWEVER, it's the Latinos etc who may have a case if they were so inclined to bitch about it. The Academy Awards host Chris Rock (being hounded to boycott) gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter last year (when the same thing happened) and he said some interesting things: "But forget whether Hollywood is black enough. A better question is: Is Hollywood Mexican enough? You're in L.A, you've got to try not to hire Mexicans."  He has a point. However he also says a load more things that aren't so easy to agree with: "[Hollywood is] a white industry. Just as the NBA is a black industry. I'm not even saying it's a bad thing. It just is." This is wrong: he may be right about the make-up of the industry grandees: of the Academy’s voting members, 94% are white (this reflects exactly the 'Behind the Camera Diversity' of the directors e.g. only 6.5% are black in this study: PDF); this does not mean they're racist SOBs who only vote for white actors; maybe it just means the black actors didn't deserve a nomination this year! FFS. Apparent 'nice-guy' Will Smith is boycotting but more sinister is the black-power racism oozing out of his wife's video message. I'm with Janet Hubert on this:
"I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and has made millions and millions of dollars from the very people that you're talking about boycotting just because you didn't get a nomination, just because you didn't win?"...[**]  ..."That's not the way life works, baby." ...And y'all need to get over yourselves. You have a huge production company that you only produce your friends and family and yourself. So you are a part of Hollywood, you are part of the system that is unfair to other actors. So get real."
Anyway, all this fuss reminds me, I must write to the International Olympic Committee to do something about the outrageous and offensive over-representation of black runners in the 100m final.

** that first quoted sentence reminded me of the black-power, racists and hypocritical social justice warriors trying to change/erase history).

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