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. Jordan, Concussion‘s Will Smith, The 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 …