I actually wrote this a few weeks ago but since I'm seeing the same bullshit articles now that the Oscars are today, I decided to post it anyway.
Now before I say anything I want say that I dont really follow the Oscars and never really followed them. I do care in the sense that I'll look at the winners and nominations list once but I'm not actively reading articles about it. So even though I don't really care about the show itself, the recent 'racist' bullshit that is happening made me angry and made me want to say something.
For the ones that dont know what is going on, basically whats happening is that a bunch of big name people are trying to boycot the Oscars because there is no non-white actor or director that is nominated for an Oscar this year. It is the second time this happened but you would think that this wouldnt be an issue. From what I can tell (and correct me if i'm wrong), it started with Will Smith's wife (Jada Smith) calling it racist and wanted more diversity. But hey, what a coicidence that she said that after her husband didnt get a nomination for his movie 'Concussion'. Have you seen the movie or a trailer? The movie wasnt great and Will didnt do a great job either.
But those two are still so entitled that they can whine and complain because no excellent movies featuring a black leading actor were made in time for this years Oscars, so no black actor is nominated. Somehow they personally feel marginalized for being black. I fucking hate crybabies like them. Aside from this I think Its something from the last two years that people feel the need to be PC all the time and get offended by everything, its bullshit if you ask me.
Why cry about racism while, and you have to be honest, when there were no really great black actors or directors in the last year. An award should be given based on your skill and role, not because of your freaking skin color. The second problem that we are having with this is the call for diversity. What the hell man?
What gets me is now since there is such an uproar about this, next year the Oscars are going to have to feel obligated to nominate a black actor (even if he or she doesn't deserve it) over a more deserving non black actor just to avoid this same shit. The head of the Oscars already said that they are going to change things and that they want to significantly increase the amount of nominations for 'people of color'. This is fucking bullshit and it makes me angry, how stupid can people be.
A few things that are changing in the upcoming years:
- They're going to double the number of women and diverse members by 2020.
- Members who haven't worked for 10 years, achieved lifetime membership or have been nominated for an Oscar lose voting rights.
- New members' rights last 10 years before renewal, and must work in the last 10 years. After 3 terms they get lifetime membership.
- Launching their own campaign to find new diverse members, moving away from the old nomination process.
So its not all bad but it doesnt stop with black actors. I think its weird that they also want to double the amount of female members. Dont get me wrong, for all I care the whole team and nominees are female or black. I just think that doing all this crap for the sake of diversity is stupid. And again, for the actors and directors, you should be nominated for your skill and role, not because of your skin color of gender. There just wasnt a black actor that was particularly better than this years nominees.
Some people even urged Chris Rock to pull out as a host. People like this are making Chris Rock's job very easy this year. These jokes are all writing themselves. These people asking Rock to quit, they're mad about a lack of representation. And now by asking him to quit, they're advocating for even less representation. And it doesnt stop there, I think that if it was just Jada Smith that would whine about this, it wouldnt be such a problem but like I said earlier, some big names are supporting the call for diversity (Matt Daemon for example) while it looks like they do it to get bonus points. It's stupid, black people have been nominated numerous times and now its a problem? Denzel has 2 Oscars. Freeman has been nominated like 4 times. I dont see people complaining about the BET Awards...
Luckily, a lot of people are seeing how hypocritical and stupid this nonsense is. Take a look at my boi Ice Cube, I think that some things that he said about it all is how most of the actors should look at all of this. Here is what he had to say when interviewed on the Graham Norton show:
"We don’t do movies for the industry,” he continued, gesturing at Hart beside him. “We do movies for the fans, for the people. And the industry, if they give you a trophy or not or pat you on the back or not, it’s nice but it’s not something you should dwell on.”
“We got accolades from all levels, from our core fans, from our curious fans, from people that didn’t even think they wanted to see that movie,” Cube continued. “We got so much praise for the movie. So how could we be mad that one other Academy or guild or anybody didn’t say it’s their number one?”
“It’s like crying about not having enough icing on your cake,” he added. “You know what I mean? It’s just ridiculous.”
I'd wish that more people would like at it like this. While getting an award is nice it shouldn't be that important. Especially crying for racism and going on about a certain part of the nominees being black is ridiculous. You should get an award based on skill and your role, nothing else.
Setting a quota is not about equality. It's racist on itself. There are talented black actors but none were that great this year.