Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The affirmative Action Oscar goes to, drum roll please

There is nothing more absurd and amusing then watching multimillionaire black actors and actresses cry "racism" when they don't get their way. Will Smith was not nominated for an Oscar in his role in the movie Concussion, so the spoiled multimillionaires who represent the elite one percent have taken to twitter to air their "grievance" over this grave injustice, hence #Oscarsowhite was born. Forget the "real problems" impacting blacks such as black on black crime, drug addiction, illiteracy, poverty etc, nah there is a far more pressing problem that blacks need to focus on such as Will Smith not getting nominated for the third time. Wow, that injustice reminds me of the civil rights days of Jim Crow.(sarcasm). It must be so hard for Will Smith working in Hollywood but wait. Maybe Hollyweird isn't as racist or as white as Will and Jada would have everybody to believe.

 In 2002, Will Smith was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Ali, but he lost. He must have lost to some white actor or actress right? Wrong, Will Smith lost to Denzel Washington who won the Oscar for Best Actor in Training Day.  Surely racism reared it's ugly head at the Oscars in 2007 when Will Smith was nominated for and lost again in the  Best Actor Award category for his role in The Pursuit of Happiness. Oh wait Forest Whitaker beat Will Smith for his role in The Last King of Scotland. So to recap, Will Smith was nominated twice for an Academy Award and both times he lost to other black actors.  Will did win a slew of  NAACP Image Awards. #NAACPIMAGEAWARDSSOBLACK. Fox News contributor Stacey Dash weighed in on this fake controversy.

 It's no secret that I can't stand Hollywood due to it's warped minded political stupidity but the committee which is responsible for nominating films doesn't have a problem in how it nominates films. It's been doing it for  many decades before Spike Lee and Will and Jada Smith were even born. Their ego's must be fully inflated if they think that they will be missed by them boycotting the Oscars. I doubt many other black actors and actresses will join their boycott, because they won't dare jeopardize their careers to support a bunch of self serving, spoiled hypocrites.




18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Kanye West is going to yank the microphone away from any of the recipients? If they are complaining that the Oscars are so white, then why are the not complaining that the BET and the NAACP Image Awards are too black. No one is complaining Miss Black America and Essence Awards too are too black (and female). If they are all about diversity, why are the still practicing segregation with these awards show? We all know if the white community had such shows, there would be an outcry.

The president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science is a black woman, Cheryl Boon Isaacs. Since she first complained and the rest of the Hollywood liberal elite followed and are boycotting the Oscars because of "lack of diversity" or no black actor or actress was nominated. Does she get a free pass while others who made up the ballots are the ones being condemned for it.

If they are complaining of "lack of diversity" in the entertainment industry, why are there a lot blacks and Hispanics given leading or supporting roles in movies and television. Yet, we hardly see people of Asian ancestry given the same amount of roles. For the past 25-years, Hollywood has been race washing characters that were based on novels and comic books. The character that Morgan Freeman played in "The Shawshank Redemption", the character in the novella was a middle-aged Irishman. Why was Michael Clarke Duncan cast to play Wilson Fisk (the Kingpin) in the film adaptation of "Daredevil"? I think Vincent Donofrio did a better job in the Netflix series. Since the character of the current Nick Fury in Marvel comics is patterned after Samuel L. Jackson, whom he would eventually play on film, I prefer the original, but I did not care when David Hasselhoff played him in the TV movie. Why did they cast Ben Kingsley, a British actor of Indian ancestry as the role of the Mandarin in "Iron Man 3" when the original character was Chinese? They wonder why the reboot of "Fantastic Four" bombed at the box-office. As a fan, I did not approve of casting Michael B. Jordan in the role of Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, when the character was a blonde hair Caucasian. Or am being racist? I have learned that they are coming out a movie based on one of my favorite anime series, "Ghost In A Shell". However, I was outraged when I learned that Scarlett Johannsson was cast for the main character, who is Japanese AND Asian. If that's not enough, British actress Tilda Swinton will be playing the role of the Ancient One, when the character is Tibetan and male, and Chiwetel Ejiofor will be playing his adversary Baron Mordo, when the character is a white male. It's funny that many years ago, the complaint was that Hollywood is "white-washing" characters. While Asian characters are still being portrayed by white actors and the criticism I believe still continues, I wonder where the outrage is for blacks playing roles of white characters?



10:14 PM  
Blogger p. anthony allen said...

First off, I could care less how many blacks are nominated for Oscars. Tyrone, I think by now you should know that I'm a believer in blacks being self-reliant and self-sufficient in every way. But I digress....

Stacey Dash is a world class idiot. Moreover, as her movie role claim to fame promotes, she is totally "Clueless." Dash erroneously claimed that NAACP Awards and BET Awards were only given to blacks. In fact several white entertainers, actors and others have been nominated and have won both Awards. And to add insult to her injury, she calls for ending these type of awards, when she herself attended, and was a presenter at an NAACP award event. Dash has acted and appeared on a BET produced drama. She also has appeared on several "black" entertainment magazines.

Appearing in "black" films and on "black" publications was fine while she was promoting her career and being paid. Yet, she wants to end "Black Entertainment Television" and any type of award that goes with it? Some would call her a hypocrite for having, and showing such an opinion. But I wont. I believe that she's just plain "stupid!!" Miss Dash is as dumb as a bottle of "Mrs Dash" and proves to be not worth her salt!

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Vincent said...

Love the Dash! I love Will Smith and Denzel and every film they do. I believe Will is the highest paid male actor there is, save maybe Tom Cruise who's a producer now. What more exactly do I need to do for Will and Jada?

10:03 AM  
Blogger p. anthony allen said...

Anonymous; "-Why was Michael Clarke Duncan cast to play Wilson Fisk (the Kingpin) in the film adaptation of "Daredevil"?
-Why did they cast Ben Kingsley, a British actor of Indian ancestry as the role of the Mandarin in "Iron Man 3
-As a fan, I did not approve of casting Michael B. Jordan in the role of Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, when the character was a blonde hair Caucasian"
.

Anon asks; " Or am being racist?".

No Anon, I don't think you're being racist. I think you're being stupid...

Should a black man dress up as Santa Claus for his kids on Christmas? Or, should he find an old fat white guy to do it for him? Was Marta the Orion (Captain Kirk's love interest) actually a Halloween witch? And what's up with the "white sheet" ghost? Doesn't that put real ghosts out of work? And was it you that was you that slapped Erika Kane for cheating on Palmer Cortland? Did you shoot J.R.? Maybe Slender Man will have you kill them all!

My point here is that you are overly concerned about the race/ethnicity of "FICTIONAL" characters. You wrote that you "did not approve of casting Michael B. Jordan in the role of Johnny Storm." Are you serious dude? It's no different than having a dream that you had a million dollars in the bank. So you wake up and go to the bank, and attempt to withdraw it! Get real dude....

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Post-"If that's not enough, British actress Tilda Swinton will be playing the role of the Ancient One, when the character is Tibetan and male, and Chewitel Ejiofor will be playing his adversary Baron Mordo, when the character is a white male."

I forgot to mention that the film in particular is the upcoming "Doctor Strange" movie due out later this year. On the further note, Hollywood still continues with this bad habit of whitewashing their characters who are originally Asian, Middle Easterner, or indigenous. I'm very puzzle how the Hollywood liberal elites who lecture about diversity, yet allow the whitewashing to continue. They're just as guilty to continue to blackwash characters as well. Instead of racewashing characters, why don't they give role to an actor that fits the description of the role.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Alpha Conservative Male said...

p allen"First off, I could care less how many blacks are nominated for Oscars. Tyrone, I think by now you should know that I'm a believer in blacks being self-reliant and self-sufficient in every way. But I digress...."

Did I say you allen? Just checking. Apparently Will Smith and others "who aren't you" don't believe in the concept of self reliance and self sufficiency, because they are relying a stupid award in order to make them feel like they are worthy, it's pretty sad actually. People who tend to fake the cries of racism tend to also be pretty pathetic.

Vincent said "
Love the Dash! I love Will Smith and Denzel and every film they do. I believe Will is the highest paid male actor there is, save maybe Tom Cruise who's a producer now. What more exactly do I need to do for Will and Jada?"

Yeah, Stacey has a tendency to hit the ball out of the park on occasion. The racist charges by black progressives should be turned on them. #essenceawardssoblack etc. Will and Jada smith are living the American dream. The live the lives only few will ever know, so it is laughable to take these clowns seriously when they talk about the lack of diversity in Hollywood yet they made their millions in it with a smile.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Alpha Conservative Male said...

anon said "I wonder if Kanye West is going to yank the microphone away from any of the recipients? If they are complaining that the Oscars are so white, then why are the not complaining that the BET and the NAACP Image Awards are too black. "

That's the question they will never answer, because it would show them as morally fake for daring to answer in support of those awards. How can blacks who support in essence racially segregated awards that targets on particular race and say nothing yet complain about the Oscars?If I was a member of the Academy Award Committtee, I would tell Will and Jada and Spike Lee that we would make more of an effort to diversify the nominating process when the NAACP Image Awards, the Essence Awards and other race specific award groups that you all support diversify there's.

anon said "et, we hardly see people of Asian ancestry given the same amount of roles. For the past 25-years, Hollywood has been race washing characters that were based on novels and comic books. "

I've been practicing martial arts for 17 years. One of my all time favorite movies is the Karate Kid. When Hollywood decided to make a remake of it with Jaden Smith playing the role Daniel LaRusso, my jaw dropped at how utterly stupid that decision was. I an a fan also of Ghost In The Shell but I can understand why they picked Scarlett Johannsson. Hollywood is not known for being purist when it comes to making movies adapted from novels, television shows or anime.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allen-"My point is that you are overly concerned about the role of "FICTIONAL" characters. You wrote that you "did not approve of casting Michael B. Jordon in the role of Johnny Storm." Are you serious dude? It's no different than having a dream that you have a million dollars in the bank. So, you wake up and go to the bank and attempt to withdraw it! Get it dude..."

I take it you are not a comic book fan, Allen. But if you are, let me ask you this. Let's take some of the known black superheros: Storm, Black Panther, Luke Cage aka Power Man, Falcon, Blade, and War Machine. We saw Halle Berry play Storm in X-Men films series; Chadwick Boseman is cast as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War; Mike Colter as Luke Cage in Jessica Jones; Anthony Mackie as Falcon in Captain America; Wesley Snipes as Blade; and Don Cheadle as War Machine. Would you object if these characters were cast by white actors? I certainly would. I don't appreciate Hollywood desecrating some of my favorite superheros,whether the character is black by whitewashing them.

What if Hollywood decide to do a remake of "Carmen Jones" where Dorothy Dandridge who was the first black actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role, which she lost to Grace Kelly in "The Country Girl". Now let's suppose that the characters were replaced by white actors. Suppose if they were to do the same thing with "A Raisin In the Sun". You and I both know that there will be outrage over this.

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tyrone-"Apparently Will Smith and others "who aren't you" don't believe in the concept of self reliance and self sufficiency, because they are relying on a stupid award in order to make themselves feel worthy, it's pretty sad actually."

To award anybody who has not earned it is like spoiling a child with gifts, especially if they misbehave. That's like if you give an employee a raise or a promotion or award them for Employee of the Month for being a great worker, his or her coworker may complain for not receiving one and may make allegation until they are awarded just to shut them up.

It got me to thinking last year when Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison returned his sons "participation" trophies because they did not deserve to earn them for accomplishing nothing. Some may say that Harrison was being a "rotten father" by denying his sons a trophy, but I have to agree with him on this.

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Indigo said...

2-2-16. The GOP Iowa Caucus, known for being the most conservative of primaries, was won by Ted Cruz, and I'm glad. Since high school, college and since, Cruz has proven himself of conservative values, moreso than any American I can think of right now. Consider his Senate floor filibuster against ObamaCare, and his willingness to be hated by establishment RINOs, and to speak truth about the leftist biased media. In fact just this morning Cruz said that this result signals that “the next president is not to be picked by the media,” (but by grassroots conservatives and people waking up).
Donald Trump came in 2nd, and was gracious and optimistic. When Trump entered the race and promised to build the wall, and almost overnight the media and a half dozen corporations “crucified” Trump, he held his ground and did not apologize but instead blamed them for their PC weakness, and capitalized on connecting to the sentiments of most Americans. As long as Trump is not pulling a con job to get into office, then I support Cruz or him. I would like to see both Cruz and Trump working to clean up Washington DC and the USA.
Coming in third was the “sound bite boy,” Marco Rubio. Rubio experiments with words to see which ones have a certain political effect. He is not hard core. I remain mystified why so many republicans support Rubio. Someone called Marco “Jeb Jr.” He is fuzzy, has been made a puppet, and is too immature and weak for this nation. But both Cruz and Trump have qualified themselves by being strong, sharp, clear, conservative campaigners.

12:44 PM  
Blogger p. anthony allen said...

CB;" People who tend to fake the cries of racism tend to also be pretty pathetic".

I didn't say that their "cries of racism" was fake. Hollywood is a microcosm of the larger part of American society, and the entertainment industry itself. The first, foremost and most important thing you must keep in mind, is that Hollywood is a "business." Studio executives, movie producers, directors, investors, agents and what have you, are going to do what they do with only one goal in mind...that is to "make money."

Entertainment (particularly movie entertainment) is based on personal appeal. If you want to sell entertainment you have to appeal to a particular demographic. Personal appeal, for the most part is dictated by human nature. Again, for the most part, a persons appeal for entertainment typically is based on background, culture and familiarity. Simple put, we tend to want to see people we feel we can relate to, ie; someone who looks and sounds like yourself. So, lets face the facts. The racial demographic fact is that 70 percent of the country is white. Thus, Hollywood, for the most part, is going to make movies that they feel will appeal to that "70 percent" of the population.

Example: In the late 1950's a man named Berry Gordy Jr. saw a need in the entertainment business for blacks to have more control within the recording industry. More importantly, there was an empty space in the music industry, a space created by the hunger of younger blacks to have a "sound" and a music of their own. From the outset of the Motown Recording Company, all of the artists, writers, producers, choreographers and the majority of the musicians were "black." That was the idea and the purpose.

Berry Gordy launched his company to appeal to a particular demographic. The music was written, produced and performed to appeal to that specific demographic, black people in particular. However, as the company began to grow the "freshness, purity and undiluted" sound of the music began to have a "crossover" (white mainstream) appeal. That appeal allowed Motown to become the uniquely American music and sound that moved and inspired people throughout the entire world.

So my point is what it always has been. We as blacks need to start our own businesses with the idea in mind of building our communities by serving our own communities. What Berry Gordy did with black people, for black people was not "racist." Blacks in Hollywood can take a page from the Gordy business model and not concern themselves with what "white" Hollywood does.

12:18 AM  
Blogger p. anthony allen said...

Vincent; " I believe Will is the highest paid male actor there is, save maybe Tom Cruise who's a producer now".

If you believe that, you're believing wrong. Far as being "highest paid", other black actors such as Eddie Murphy and Denzel Washington have had larger pay days than Smith. As far as being the highest paid (save Tom Cruise), Smith is way far down the line. The highest paid actor in 2015 was Robert Downey Jr. Jackie Chan, Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg and even Adam Sandler have had larger pay days than Smith.

12:41 AM  
Blogger p. anthony allen said...

Anon;"I take it you are not a comic book fan, Allen".

No, I'm not... But that's far from my point. These are "imaginary" characters. The creator/author of these characters can take the characters in any direction that he or she chooses. It's for the reader/listener/viewer to decide if he values or can fathom the direction the creator/author wishes to take. A writer creates from his own mind and has complete "artistic privilege."

Art, for the most part, imitates life. Since both original writers are deceased, whomever writes for the character has that artistic privilege. The writers could very well decide to (in order to appeal to a particular audience to make money) write that Clarke Kent had hid his inner feelings, and always wanted to cross-dress as a female. So it would be entirely up to you if you want to continue reading/watching it or not.

Frankly, I could care less if a fictional black character is portrayed as white, or a white character is portrayed as black.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Alpha Conservative Male said...

anon said "
To award anybody who has not earned it is like spoiling a child with gifts, especially if they misbehave. That's like if you give an employee a raise or a promotion or award them for Employee of the Month for being a great worker, his or her coworker may complain for not receiving one and may make allegation until they are awarded just to shut them up. "

Very true. So now if the Academy Awards Committee starts nominating black actors and actresses on a quota basis in an absurd attempt to force and image of diversity, then people are naturally going to think that the actors and actresses are merely token nominees and not genuine nominees. It's like the Rooney rule in the NFL. When a coaching vacancy opens up, a black person must have an interview. So if I was applying for a coaching position, I would wonder am I being interviewed due to me be taken seriously as a coaching prospect or am I being interviewed just to fill a quota?

p allen "I didn't say that their "cries of racism" was fake. Hollywood is a microcosm of the larger part of American society, and the entertainment industry itself. The first, foremost and most important thing you must keep in mind, is that Hollywood is a "business." Studio executives, movie producers, directors, investors, agents and what have you, are going to do what they do with only one goal in mind...that is to "make money." "

You are partially right allen in that Hollywood is a business, but their business is driven by their political and ideological leanings. There are actors and actresses in hollywood who are blacklisted for having the audacity to be conservative. The friends of abe is an organization of republican and conservative actors and actresses who's list is kept secret due out of the fear that the dominate progressive studio execs and other progressive actors and actresses will black list them if they are discovered. Now if Hollywood was simply about "making money", then it would make no difference what political or ideological leaning that person was correct?

p allen said "Entertainment (particularly movie entertainment) is based on personal appeal. If you want to sell entertainment you have to appeal to a particular demographic. Personal appeal, for the most part is dictated by human nature. Again, for the most part, a persons appeal for entertainment typically is based on background, culture and familiarity. Simple put, we tend to want to see people we feel we can relate to, ie; someone who looks and sounds like yourself. So, lets face the facts. The racial demographic fact is that 70 percent of the country is white. Thus, Hollywood, for the most part, is going to make movies that they feel will appeal to that "70 percent" of the population."

That does make sense. So in reality Will and Jada Smith along with Spike Lee shouldn't be bitching Hollywood studios or even the Academy Awards Committee, they should be bitching at society or reality. The truth is that the Academy nor most of Americans don't care about yet another black themed movie that centers around either slavery or the era in Jim Crow. These people are like black comedians who can only seem to create comic material based on race. Yeah it can be funny for a minute but after that their material become predictable and stale. Spike Lee only makes black themed movies geared primarily to blacks thus his movies have limited appeal.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Alpha Conservative Male said...

p allen said "
So my point is what it always has been. We as blacks need to start our own businesses with the idea in mind of building our communities by serving our own communities. What Berry Gordy did with black people, for black people was not "racist." Blacks in Hollywood can take a page from the Gordy business model and not concern themselves with what "white" Hollywood does."

The problem with that concept is that a black style hollywood would not survive economically. First, you would have to find black financiers to fund the movie projects. Then you have to hope like hell that blacks would actually go to see the movies so that they could be profitable thus warranting more movies being made. Oh wait, there is another problem. Without black movie theaters, how would those black movies be aired? For a long time, there was a void in Hollywood of Christian themed movies until the Passion of the Christ came out which was a massive success. As of recent movies like War Room, The Bible etc have proven that there is a market of those films and hollywood is making those movies to fill the demand for them.

12:43 AM  
Blogger p. anthony allen said...

CB; "The problem with that concept is that a black style hollywood would not survive economically".

I guess you didn't read my reference to Berry Gordy and the Motown Record Company. Moreover, there are plenty of economically successful black owned and black centered entertainment companies today. Radio One, Harpo and Johnson Publishing just to name a few.

First off, lets bear in mind that we're talking about "entertainment." The idea of entertainment is that, for the creator (the artist) has to be honest, pure, fresh, undiluted and have appeal to the masses. Its the undiluted purity of artistic expression that sells and fairs well in the entertainment market. When an artist "sells-out" the honesty of his of herself that's when the economic viability is lost.

I'm not a fan of hardcore "gangster" rap. However, its a genre that speaks to, and appeals to a lot of black youth. Hardcore rap is a genre that was created by, and for black youth. Yet it has become a "cross-over" phenomenon which appeals to, and even sells to, twice as many young whites as it does to blacks. Again, I'm no fan of hardcore rap, and I believe that more musically creative genres are just as viable as hardcore rap music.

Thus, there's plenty of money and economic possibilities for black owned, operated, centered and directed movie entertainment companies. The actual problem is that we as blacks don't believe in ourselves. We make excuses like;

-no black financiers- there are plenty of blacks in Hollywood with cash, we could do it ourselves
-no black theaters- when we could buy and/or build them
-the Oscars won't recognize black movies- frankly, SO WHAT! Who cares. Just make good movies! Eventually they'll recognize the viability. (eg; build it, they will come)

In many ways we're our own worse enemy. For some strange reason, we seem to have convinced ourselves that we can't do these things for ourselves. Tyrone, did the Democrats convince you that blacks can't own theaters? Did the Democrats convince you that it was a "problem" finding black financiers? Did the Democrats convince you that a "black styled Hollywood" could not survive economically? Or did conservatives convince you that blacks couldn't achieve any of those things?

1:53 AM  
Blogger awareness said...

Oh snap, http://ccpopulism.blogspot.com/

Always race comes up as a reason to protest something. Nobody owes anyone anything based on skin color.

4:37 PM  
Blogger -FJ said...

Funny how the Black Community seems to always define itself in terms of White people, their absence or presence... as if race were the only factor that gives their existence its' "meaning". In that way, it remains forever the "insurmountable obstacle" preventing full assimilation as "Citizens" and as "Americans".

Will there ever come a day when 2/3 of NFL players or 75% of NBA players are black, and no one seems to notice or care?

1:08 PM  

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