Friday, January 29, 2016

My Thoughts on the Race Issue at the Academy Awards

"This is so deeply not about me."
~Will Smith

It made national news, and its a story that won't go away until long after the Academy Awards are over...The fact that there aren't enough black people winning awards! Let's forget about the fact that we are coming up on the most important presidential election of our lifetime, and Europe is being taken over by terrorists, who OUR own leaders want to throw the door open to, and let into the US. Let's forget about the fact that musical legends are dropping like flies, yet corrupt politicians live on and on and on. Yep. Let's forget about all that insignificant dribble, and focus on what REALLY matters....THE ACADEMY AWARDS!!!!

You already know the story, so I'll sum it up in a nutshell. The complaint is that not one single black person was nominated for best actor. And, people like Will Smith and his wife, along with Spike Lee are not going to attend the awards. Some are calling the whole process the dreaded R word...RACIST!!!! Or, maybe its something else...Maybe they just thought the movies weren't that good. The movie Concussion starring Will Smith was snubbed, along with the NWA story, Straight Outta Compton. Both, I understand were very good movies, but I seriously doubt the fact that they were snubbed had anything to do with the actors being black. I am so tired of seeing the race card thrown about EVERYTHING. It cheapens things when real racism the punk who shot up the church in Charleston SC last year. But, the reaction to that was racist too. People desecrating military graves is a federal crime, yet not one single arrest has been made. 

Anyway, the directors of the Academy Awards are changing their rules to make sure this horrific oversight never happens again. Lovely. You know what will be next? There will be an actor that gets nominated to fulfill the Oscar's Rooney Rule, and the outrage will be that he was only nominated because of the rule. Then, THAT will be labeled racist. This stupidity never ends.

I have never understood why people are so into who gets what award. Personally, I don't care who is the best actor, director, etc. I have NEVER watched an Academy or People's Choice awards show, and I haven't watched the Grammys, or MTV awards in 25+ years. I really don't get it. I don't understand why anyone would want to watch a bunch of coddled, pampered, spoiled millionaires accepting awards. All it is is even more pampering and stroking of their egos. Its a "LOOK AT MEEEEEEE!!!!" fest. And, heaven forbid they don't get the award they want. They start crying like a 3 year old.

I didn't winnnn.
Its not faaair!!!

Personally, I have better things to do with my life than to care which actor gets which award. They play pretend for a living. I don't care what they have to say about politics, or anything else. Just make a damn movie, and if it interests me, I'll go see it. I couldn't care less about who is in the movie. Just because someone is in a movie I hate doesn't mean that particular actor is incapable of making a movie I like, so what's the point of even having favorite actors? It isn't like music where bands create a style all their own. Actors do whatever someone else tells them to.

So, I have a proposal. It would solve everything, and it is only one sentence long. Ready? Here we go:


I like it. Do you?

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