For the second year in a row, Hollywood has “whitewashed” the Oscars. Out of the twenty nominees in the acting categories, not a single one is black–or even not white. This has caused consternation among minority elites in Hollywood, specifically actress Jada Pinkett Smith, and director Spike Lee.
Pinkett Smith made her opinion known in a Facebook video in which she says:
“…the Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose, to invite whomever they choose, and now I think that it’s our responsibility now to make the change. Maybe it is time that we pull back our resources, and we put them back into our communities, into our programs, and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit that are just as good as the so-called mainstream ones.”
The video is drenched in sarcasm. Pinkett Smith is clearly annoyed that her husband, Will Smith, wasn’t nominated for the movie “Concussion,” which has received mixed critical reviews.
While some critics have praised Smith’s performance, others, like The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Mike LaSalle, didn’t take to it:
“It’s as if we don’t believe his acting even as we’re affected by it, so that we never forget we’re watching Will Smith…”
She also posted a Facebook update, which reads:
“At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic achievements. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment, J.”
Michael B. Jordan of “Creed” also failed to get a nomination.
These alleged snubs have caused Pinkett Smith to uninvite herself from the Oscars. Spike Lee has also said he won’t be attending. But there’s a problem I have with all of this.
Anyone is free to do what they want–as Pinkett Smith noted–but are the Oscars really not nominating black people because they favor white actors? I find that incredibly difficult to believe, considering the people nominating the actors are other actors in the Academy. Hollywood is as liberal as Harvey Fierstein is gay. Am I really supposed to believe that a community of liberal actors is going to deliberately exclude black people? If anything, I would think a disproportionately large number of black actors would get nominations, given the left’s constant moaning about diversity.
Could it be that the performances of the actors nominated this year were simply considered better than those who weren’t nominated? This was a pretty strong year across all categories. Perhaps in private, actors actually consider merit, and assign their votes accordingly. Gasp! Maybe the lack of leftist monitoring alleviates the pressure to check a box next to a black person’s name simply because they’re black.
This isn’t to say that Michael B. Jordan or Will Smith sucked, but it just might be that the actors who received this year’s nominations were simply better. I wonder if Jada Pinkett Smith even considered such a possibility. Unlikely.
Moreover, what’s the alternative? Affirmative action nominations? New rule: Each category must have one minority actor! That solves the problem. Wait! Newer rule: In addition to the previous rule, there must be at least one minority winner out of the four major acting categories.
I have a better idea. Let’s make the nomination process public, and see how quickly it changes to appease the PC elites. It would ruin any integrity the Oscars have left, but it would be fun to watch.