So those people of color who are involved with the entertainment industry are upset with the Academy Awards nomination process because, they feel, there are not enough of them being nominated. And for the past several weeks, the rest of us have been bombarded with #OscarsSoWhite and black stars claiming they will not attend the Academy Awards on Feb. 28.
How many of their white counterparts are complaining publicly about the purely racist fact that white inclusion for awards from the BET Honors or NAACP Image Awards or Black Movie Awards or NAACP Theatre Awards are slim to none? The answer to the question is the same … slim to none.
So exactly whom is keeping racism alive?
We find it incredibly worrisome when Anthony Anderson, the star of ABC’s television sitcom “black-ish,” says at the recent NAACP Image Awards that “Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like” when he’s talking to an all-black audience.
And how does Anderson respond to someone of his own race, like actress Stacey Dash, who might take exception with his stance? Well, we will let you judge for yourself using his own words, saying she is “Ann Coulter dipped in butterscotch” and adding that she should “come back to the black people.”
But Anderson is hardly the only one to blame for the planned “Black Out” of the Academy Awards. Director Spike Lee, actor Will Smith and actress Jada Pinkett Smith and others will also boycott the 88th annual awards night. The Rev. Al Shapton (no surprise) is also in the mix, holding meetings regarding a “serious campaign for people to tune out the Oscars.”
That might be putting comedian Chris Rock in a tough spot, since he will serve as the Academy Awards’ host, as well as Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — each of whom is black.
Getting far less press from the liberal media are the responses from such black individuals as director John Singletary, who became the first black director nominated for an Academy Award in 1991 for his film “Boys n the Hood,” and actress Janet Hubert, who starred in “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”
“It’s like every year people complain,” Singletary said. “People even complain even when we have a lot of nominations. To me, I’m not surprised. I’m not disappointed either, as much as other people are disappointed.”
“I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living, and made millions and millions of dollars from the very people you’re talking about boycotting just because you didn’t get a nomination, just because you didn’t win,” Hubert said. “That is not the way life works, baby.”
We agree there needs to be dialogue about equality and diversity in Hollywood. But that dialogue should start with the all-black awards shows.
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