So evidently Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and a few other black actors feel like they need to boycott the Academy Awards because no black actors were nominated this year for individual Oscars.
Excuse me while I go get my blankie.
“Begging for acknowledgement or even asking [to be nominated] diminishes dignity,” Mrs. Pinkett-Smith said, while begging for acknowledgement.
Actor Chris Rock, who is hosting this year’s awards show, tweeted the following, “The #Oscars. The White BET Awards.” The irony of calling the Oscars racist for not featuring any black actors when the BET Awards don’t feature any white actors was lost on Mr. Rock.
So how do I feel about this? I think it’s silly that this is a news story the day after we celebrate the man who said, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” But what are Smith, Lee, Rock, and other people doing? They are judging people by the color of their skin. They are saying that in a country that is 72% white, it’s not possible that among the five people nominated in each category, none of them are black. Is it possible that, somehow all the best actors were white last year? Nope. According to them, it MUST be racism.
It’s not enough that we have a black President. It’s not enough that one of the richest women in America is Oprah Winfrey. It’s not enough that there were black people nominated last year. It’s not enough that the Best Picture Award last year went to a movie about the evils of black slavery (12 Years A Slave). It’s not enough.
So, famous black people, my question to you is this: what exactly is it going to take for you to quit accusing us of racism? I think I know the answer.
Whining because you didn’t get your way is not the answer. Accusing people of unfairness because things didn’t go the way you thought they should is not the answer. Boycotting the Oscars because white actors are actually good at acting is not the answer.
Grow up already.