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And the Oscar goes too …

Another day, another citadel of lefties under attack by … other lefties.   In this case it is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and their “all white” Oscar nominations for this year.

And so, in true Kanye West we-deserve-stuff-cuz-we’re-black style the charge racism is being leveled at the Academy because, well, there are no blacks who have been nominated this year, just like last year.  Yes, they even have a hashtag for it: #OscarsSoWhite.

But, surprise of surprises, members of the academy are “offended” by such accusations:

Penelope Ann Miller, best known for Carlito’s Way and The Artist, is a member of the actors branch that could have nominated Creed‘s Michael B. JordanConcussion‘s Will SmithThe Hateful Eight‘s Samuel L. Jackson or Beasts of No Nation‘s Idris Elba. “I voted for a number of black performers, and I was sorry they weren’t nominated,” she tells THR. “But to imply that this is because all of us are racists is extremely offensive. I don’t want to be lumped into a category of being a racist because I’m certainly not and because I support and benefit from the talent of black people in this business. It was just an incredibly competitive year.”


Jeremy Larner, a member of the writers branch — which did nominate Compton‘s (white) writers for best original screenplay — was a civil rights activist in the 1960s and won an Oscar for 1972’s The Candidate. “I cannot prove the Academy or anyone else is not racist,” he grants. But, he says in his own defense, “I have voted for many people of color for awards.”

Wait, aren’t those sort of excuses like saying, in this context, “and I have many black friends”?  I thought so.

Of note, however, is the fact that this is the second year in a row that no blacks have been nominated.   That, however, in and of itself, doesn’t mean the Academy is racist, except to those who choose to believe it.  Why?  Perhaps because the movies featuring black actors didn’t quite measure up?  Again, Jeremy Larner:

 “I happen to think Straight Outta Compton is not a great film for reasons of structure and substance. I can imagine it is a powerful affirmation for those who share the assumptions of its music and see it as fans. But to me, a good film has to show a lot more than this one does.”

Translation: as a film … meh.

Miller is a bit incensed that the Academy is the target:

“There were an incredible number of films in 2015 that were primarily about white people. Talk to the studios about changing that, not the Academy. There’s only so much we can do.” She adds, “I think when you make race the issue, it can divide people even further, and that’s what I worry about.”

Ya think!  But then, that’s been the identity politics the left has engaged in for decades.  When you let the PC out of Pandora’s box, and give it credence when used against your ideological enemies, don’t act surprised when it comes around to bite you on your Academy, or campus , or …


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8 Responses to And the Oscar goes too …

  • “don’t act surprised when it comes around to bite you on your Academy, or campus , or …”

    but not just the PC – it’s anywhere the progressive version of reality slams into…reality.

    🙂 Sometimes- “die reinste Freude ist die Schadenfreude”.

  • I’ve been told for decades that it all comes down to British and boring.

    Straight Outta Compton Certainly isn’t British and boring.

  • Any work that uses as it’s theme “fuck the police” is a non-starter for almost everybody (I am implying non-criminal-types).
    Even after recent dark moments like Waco, the cops are generally their for us.
    Attempting to start a civil war over what amounts to cops doing their job is an anathema to civilized people of every color.
    Let’s give em’ an award, a Darwin award.

  • The Oscar goes to…….the MSM, for their role as amnesiacs totally overlooking any blame to democrats for the hilarious story going on in flint

    • Nope – them pipes that are probably the root of the leached metal in the water – done by Republicans, yep – in the dark of night the guvner dug up all the good pipes installed by Democrats and replaced em with lethal genocide causing lead leaching pipes and solder joints. To add insult to injury then they sold all the good pipes to Republican held corporations for scrap to make a tidy profit.

      Yessir, that’s how it are, and not a Democrat in sight neither.

    • The fault is typical primarily municipal government incompetence. The Blame assignment is politically super-charged though. They are determined to over inflate this to push the governor into agreeing to a bunch of unrelated crap.

      I don’t feel bad for the governor, though, could be a more stereotypical Establishment Rhino if he tried. I feel bad for taxpayers. We have a surplus this year and Governor was hoping to do some Progressive shit with it, but he couldn’t hide it well enough especially after imposing a tax voters voted down. This is all to get access to the surplus..

      If you want to know what really happened. I’ll try to give it. Flint use to us local water sources in its pipes up until some decades ago, they decided they could cut people and buy the processed Detroit water to distribute. Detroit’s water price has been going up and up, so naturally Flint wanted to save money. They went back to local sources. Except, someone forgot an important factor. The Age of the City’s pipes, particularly the homes and the last mile to the homes are from the 1910’s, 20’s, 30’s. Because of this they have lead. Lead solder in somewhat newer homes. And lead coatings and pipe in older homes and parts of the city. They are suppose to control the pH of the water to prevent scale removal and leaching of the lead in the older pipes. City of Detroit itself adds phosphates to do manage its water or they would have the same problem.

      Whoever should have known better when they switched sources at the city, didn’t. So they went along thinking things were good. Water samples are drawn at points before they enter the homes, so testing missed the problem. Until someone tested water drawn from homes.

      To my knowledge, the plan to switch sources was approved by the EPA and not the State who were more concerned about the impact to the environment than to people.

      • Yep, pure incompetence. I doubt there is an apprentice plumber anywhere who couldn’t tell you the effects of acidic water on plumbing. And not just lead-acidic water will eat your copper pipes, too. Any competent water supply organization routinely tests and, if necessary, treats its incoming water to avoid such problems. It ain’t rocket science.