Friday afternoon, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced plans for a “sweeping series” of changes in an effort to make its voting membership more diverse.” The academy is pledging to double the number of female and minority members by 2020, and will immediately diversify its leadership.
What sparked this shakeup within the inner sanctum of liberal Hollywood?
After members of the academy nominated an all-white slate of actors for this year’s Oscars, director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith set off a media firestorm by announcing that they’re boycotting the upcoming event.
According to these entitled black celebrities and a trending hashtag on Twitter, #Oscarssowhite, the academy has a race problem; it doesn’t adequately recognize the achievements of “people of color.”
Spike Lee wrote an open letter to the academy decrying the “lily white” acting nominations. Lee also said film studios need to implement a quota policy similar to what the NFL did a few years ago, in which teams are required to interview minority candidates for positions.
Spike Lee is a bigot! He’s obsessed with race, and his movies are shallow. Yet, he’s been nominated twice and was awarded an Oscar in November honoring his lifetime achievements as a moviemaker, so what’s he complaining about?
Jada Pinkett Smith posted a video on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, letting people know she’s boycotting the Oscars, saying, “Maybe it’s time we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, and we make programs for ourselves …”
When Smith says “our people” and “our community,” she sounds like a bigot! It’s hypocritical to demand “inclusion” while promoting separation.
Jada Smith is upset because her husband, Will Smith, didn’t win an Oscar for his movie “Concussion.” I’ve got an idea for you, Jada. Why don’t you make movies for yourselves?
Why can’t these blacks stop blaming whites and work on their character and craft so they can make movies that are worthy of recognition?
The only color Hollywood and the academy care about is green. Spike Lee, Jada Smith and other blacks complaining about being snubbed by the academy need to make better movies. Period.
Blacks are not being overlooked due to their race; they’re not winning Oscars because their work doesn’t stand out, and their movies don’t make money.
According to reports, 60 percent of movie profits come from the foreign market, and movies starring blacks don’t do well overseas. The studios are in business to make money, so you can’t blame them for not casting more blacks.
In America, when you put out the best the marketplace will reward it. I don’t see a lot of Sidney Poitiers these days, or any great black movies worthy of the price of admission, let alone an Oscar.
Blacks are taking the easy route and complaining and protesting to get their way. This is a continuation of the age-old war between Booker T. Washington’s “earn your way” and W.E.B. Dubois’ “agitate” to push your way in. These spoiled blacks are just repeating what Barack Obama, Black Lives Matter and other race hustlers have done successfully. They know that white liberals – who make up the bulk of Hollywood – will cave as they always do.
The path of least resistance for Spike Lee, Jada Smith and other angry blacks is agitation. Working on your craft and steadily getting better takes work – and who wants to do that?!
The problem with most black Americans today is that they feel entitled to have things handed to them. They’ve been told that white folks owe them, so when things don’t go their way, they cry “discrimination.”
“Shut up and act!” is what these spoiled brats should be told.
Will and Jada Pinkett own a production company called Overbook Entertainment. On their site, they tout that their company has “generated more than $3.0 billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts and even more in home video sales.” Spike Lee’s net worth is estimated at $40 million; his movies have grossed almost $400 million. Oprah Winfrey has her own media empire, and her net worth is an estimated $3 billion. Why can’t these people pool their resources and cultivate talent instead of moaning about being excluded by whites?
They can’t do it because most blacks cannot work together; they’re jealous and distrustful of one another. They have a spiritual and moral deficiency because most haven’t been raised in stable two-parent homes. The overwhelming majority of them haven’t had good fathers. As I write in my book, “The Antidote: Healing America from the Poison of Hate, Blame, and Victimhood,” the worst thing that can happen to a person is to grow up without loving parents – especially without a good father.
There’s no color issue here. There’s a moral issue. No white versus black, but good versus evil. Today’s hyper focus on race is nothing but drama! They’re incidents made up by the race hustlers to keep blacks angry, make them feel like victims and separate them from whites and America. Perhaps we should be the ones separating – our money from their sub-par movies!
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