by Kevin Jackson | February 23, 2015 12:10 am
“Why aren’t there more blacks in the sport of curling!?”
Huffington Post ran a piece recently that reads:
#OscarsSoWhite that if Common and John Legend win an Academy Award for Best Original Song this Sunday, it will be only the 32nd time in 87 years that a black person has held a competitive Oscar on Hollywood’s biggest stage. That’s 32 times out of more than 2,900 winners.
“It’s a white industry. Just as the NBA is a black industry. I’m not even saying it’s a bad thing. It just is,” Chris Rock wrote last year in a thoughtful op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter. Rock’s piece went viral because of how clearly he laid out the problems in Hollywood: It’s a place where at every level, from the top on down, diversity is lagging behind society.
Except here’s where Rock was wrong: It is a “bad thing.” Last year, 43 million people watched the Academy Awards. This year’s ceremony will reach more than 200 countries around the globe. For 87 years, the Oscars have been a celebration of filmmaking. And the message it puts across, however unintentionally, is hard to miss: Certain voices matter more than others.
There you have it. Even when a black racist like Chris Rock admits that sometimes things just are what they are with no conspiracy against black people, some bleeding heart Leftist steps up to remind black people just how bad we have it.
Are black people excluded from Hollywood? Are there not black people doing quite well in Hollywood?
Tyler Perry is practically a one-man wrecking crew with his Madea films. Before people realize how vile and despicable Spike Lee is, he did pretty well in Hollywood, though he is now pretty much a “bottom-feeder” these days.
In defense of part of what HuffPo opined, I too was pissed with Out of Africa won for Best Picture over The Color Purple.
The irony of a bunch of white people in a movie about Africa winning over a bunch of black people in a movie with “purple” in the title didn’t go unnoticed on me. Further, The Color Purple was a far better film than Out of Africa, the latter being the typical Hollywood drivel that the Oscar selection committee members like.
That said, I didn’t lose a lot of sleep over a pretentious whack job like Steven Spielberg not getting an awards I felt they deserved. Spielberg can fight for himself.
If black Liberals want a bigger voice in Hollywood, they should start their own version of Hollywood. It’s really that simple.
Hollywood doesn’t have a monopoly on entertainment.
Look at some of the big black stars, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Kevin Hart, Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry, and many more. I would have NO problem seeing films with these people and the many other great black actors in Hollywood, with a sprinkle here and there of a white actor or actress.
Notwithstanding, Oprah has enough money to challenge Sony, and who could argue with the timing, right!?
From my vantage point it looks like, if white Liberals complain enough, they can get black people to segregate themselves!
Black neighborhoods, black schools, Congressional Black Caucus, and so on. Black-centric living, thinking, doing.
There has never been a white (or other color) Ms. Black America, yet white people don’t complain. How do white people stand for this!?
It’s practically genius, when you consider how many “black” things there are, yet how hard blacks fought years ago to end segregation and become part of “mainstream society,”only to fight so hard to live in the past!
Yes, I do chuckle at Liberalism often.
I offer black Liberals this word of caution: Bollywood.
Separate from “white” Hollywood, and you too can be as popular as the Indian actors nobody knows.
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