If you wanted to know how screwed up our country is, all you would need to do is take a look at the media’s reaction to the announcement of the 2015 Oscar nominees. And it is uniform, so one article or television news story is as good as any other. The big controversy, of course, is that there were no non-white nominees for the acting categories.
First on the scene, naturally, was none other than America’s spokesman for all things racially unjust, Al Sharpton. He issued a statement hours after the nominees were announced, decrying the “lack of diversity” among the nominated actors. “The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains: the higher you get, the whiter it gets.” Don’t worry, though; Sharpton is convening a Diversity Task Force to show us the errors of our ways.
Sharpton and other outraged commentators focused their specific rage on the snub of actor David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Best Picture nominee, Selma. But in fact, that seems to be the only example they can come up with of an area where the Academy could have included black actors in their nominations. Who else are they going to point to? Should Jamie Foxx have been nominated for his role as Electro in the new Spider-Man movie? Maybe Tyler Perry for his small role as Ben Affleck’s lawyer in Gone Girl? Kevin Hart for Ride Along?
Stirring the Pot
This is a manufactured controversy if ever there was one. This happened before in 2011, where the acting nominations all went to white people. It happened in 1998. So, we know that occasionally it happens. That’s all. It’s not a conspiracy to keep black people from winning Oscars. For god’s sake, why are we even paying attention to the pig slop that comes dribbling from the mouth of Al Sharpton? The man is an absolute clown, and the fact that he is taken seriously as a modern-day civil rights leader is proof of how far American culture has fallen.
Last year, 12 Years a Slave, a movie that not only featured a black director and plenty of black actors and actresses and was about that great American evil Hollywood can’t emphasize enough – slavery – won the whole shebang. And now a year later, the entire Academy is racist? Now, a year later, we have all of these opinion-makers trotting out the racial makeup of the Academy voters? It’s just so transparent, yet it was enough to send the social justice warriors on Twitter into a frenzy.
Morgan Freeman (who has been nominated for an Academy Award on five different occasions; he won for Million Dollar Baby) once said that the quickest way to end racism was to stop talking about it. Truer words were never spoken. They ring especially true when the subject is as absurd, manufactured, and hollow as this one. But when you have hucksters like Sharpton out there on the warpath, the sensible viewpoints have to take a backseat to the P.T. Barnums of the world.