Friday, January 16, 2015

Here We Go Again: The Boy Who Called "Race"

Just when you thought you might get a little break from hearing another ridiculous thing out of Al Sharpton’s mouth, the Oscar nominations were announced. Yesterday morning, the nominations were revealed, with most of the nominees being pretty obvious selections based on the hype and reviews of their prospective movies. People can get really worked up about these award shows—but never can I remember a time where people got upset over the diversity (or lack thereof) of the nominees. I’m not kidding. This is real. Yesterday, the ultimate race baiter himself stated, “The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets.” Never mind the fact that the people who select the nominees are most likely typical Hollywood liberals or that they select the nominees based on their talent. 
Sharpton’s complaint is in regards to Selma only getting two Oscar nominations. Awww…poor baby. Two Oscar nominations (best song and best picture) is just not good enough and you know, is obviously indicative of those racist members of the Motion Picture Academy. Sharpton and his buddies really wanted the director of Selma, Ava DuVernay, to at least get a nomination—because she’s a woman and she’s black (they could care less about any talent she may or may not have). However, DuVernay has only directed three movies! To blame the lack of a nomination on the color of her skin is not only offensive to Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of being judged by his character (and NOT his skin color), but it is also ignoring the reality of her rookie status. To help bring people back down to earth, our friends at have compiled this list of the 225 actual biggest Oscar snubs ever. Sidenote: The most snubbed actor of all time? Whitey McWhite himself, Leonardo Dicaprio! Seriously, that’s just an injustice I can’t comprehend.
Just when you didn’t think this “racist” Oscar nomination debacle couldn’t get any more insane, #OscarsSoWhite is trending on twitter with more than 67,000 tweets already. BET tweeted, “Our community #snubbed.” Because I mean really, what is more racist than not giving people Oscar nominations just because they are black? They deserve that nomination just because of their skin color—MLK Jr. would be so proud at all of the progress that has been made since his death. So sorry for all of that injustice you feel, BET (not).
Here’s to waiting for the day people stop blaming everything on race—we can hope, can’t we? Until next time!

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