I am compelled to say this because, having walked away from the morning news about this…I had such a bad taste in my mouth, I had to rinse.
And as you know, this is where I do it.
You are my Mouthwash. 🙂
So, here goes…
I’m surprised that by now, that FB isn’t all a-Twitter, about the newest black/white scandal
It appears, this year, the members of the Academy of Motion Pictures, has neglected to nominate even one black thespian. I know right?
Annnnnnd, not even one black director! What next I ask.
Wait…there’s more…not one single woman director was nominated either…even though (as has been suggested) everyone knows Ava DuVernay, the black, female, director of Selma should have been a shoe in.
There even seems to be some lamenting the fact that she could have been the first African American Female Director to get an OSCAR.
Well guess what? SHE. STILL. CAN!
As there were NO OTHER black female directors nominated, she’s still got a shot at that title.
Now, I don’t mean to sound sarcastic, but if I do it’s because I am.
[A bit of a sarcastic statement there.]
I just cannot believe that EVERYTHING and EVERYONE, even the OSCARS with 6,000 members of the Motion Picture Academy, have to walk, talk, and apparently vote, on eggshells where black and white are concerned.
Okay…should there have been black actors and directors, as well as female directors nominated?
But…it’s all subjective isn’t it?
To each his own?
Vote for who and what you believe to be the best?
Are we now going to institute a quota system…the Oscar version of Affirmative Action?
If so, what shall we call these special awards?
Awards given to someone because they represent a minority?
What shall we call these unearned, yet apparently deserved, awards to celebrate diversity over and above all else?
We cannot use OSCAR…that’s taken.
How about a MARTIN for the men?
(Seems fitting to name it after MLK doesn’t it?)
How about a SELMA for the browner women actresses and directors?
(Browner is NOT my term by the way…I borrowed it from a self-proclaimed brown commentator on CBS as she was telling the viewing audience that America was getting browner, so we need to be more open to accepting it)
And maybe NORMA RAE for those of a different or lighter hue?
Do you see how ludicrous this all is?
Do you see how ridiculous a face to face conversation containing ANY of the above would be incredibly demeaning on its face?
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’m just being naïve thinking that the folks voting for these awards are voting their preferences and not looking to maintain some kind of white status quo.
I don’t know anymore.
What I DO know is, it frustrates me to think that any, and I mean ANY, professional would welcome accolades based on the color of their skin or whether the bump’s in the pants or the t-shirt.
The views expressed here are my own and reflect completely and honestly what I believe.
I think we are ALL DESERVING of everything we deserve.
But I also know we don’t always GET what we deserve.
And that’s it.