Last night’s Oscars night was three hours of lost purpose. Rather than shine a spotlight of those deserving an award, the show was over shadowed by racism and poor conduct of those less fortunate actors and actress nominated. In my opinion, I feel the Academy should have curbed all the hype surrounding the complaints of all white nominations and not address the issue at all rather than turning Oscars night into another multi-racial media publication. Last years Oscars Night’s ceremony was surrounded with heightened security due to possible national terrorism, yet, there was no public outcry of boycotting, by white, black or other ethnic group.
As if Chris Rock’s monologue wasn’t enough, the Academy allowed this racial theme to be carried on throughout the entire show and continuing with Rock’s introduction of the Minion’s presentation and the Academy Awards accounting firm, which by the way, I felt was way out of line using three Asian children to promote this racism theme. Our country is facing enough racism and bigotry in the news and media, I don’t feel the Academy needs to promote the issue, especially for three hours. If Will and Jada Pinket-Smith and Spike Lee or others felt they needed to boycott the Oscars, so be it. That is their choice and decision. But let’s put things in perspective. The Academy has never shown racism or bigotry and those deserving a nomination or an award received the recognition they rightfully worked to receive, in the past, and if there were no black artists nominated it’s not the fault or bigotry of the Academy or by the Academy voters. You want to be nominated for, or receive an Oscar, you need to work in your profession. If your not in a movie, don’t perform to the highest standards, it doesn’t matter what your skin color or ethnic background. What movie were the Smith’s, or what movie did Spike Lee direct that they feel they performed an Oscar winning nomination or Award in?
This is 2016 people, we’re past the 50’s and 60’s. It’s time we, as Americans, learn that we are one Nation and not one race or ethnic background is better than another. We are all citizens of this country, and all equal in rights. So why is there so much discrimination and hate? (read The Seniam Report Post of July, 20, 2015; “We Are American!”) The past is the past, and no way proud of our country’s past nor can it be changed or altered. If things in our country’s past intimidates or offends you, I’m sorry, however, there isn’t any need for continuing bringing up the past, move forward. Taking down statues or historic artifacts doesn’t change the history of our Nation. What does offend me are those that constantly use history to continue this racial and bigotry fight, rather than utilizing their fame or powers to distinguish it and move forward in working together, as one, to make our Country better and greater than where we are now. If your not able to do that, then relocate yourself to another country where you feel more comfortable and free from discrimination.
That being said, there were some Oscars awarded that, in my opinion, didn’t warrant the nomination let alone winning, but then, I’m not a movie critic nor do I proclaim to know the guidelines of what makes a movie better than the other. I’m referring to Bad Max and all the nominations and awards it received. I felt there were movies in some of the categories in which Bad Max won that were more deserving of the award. But, I’m sure if I were to survey opinions, others have the same or different opinions.
Over all the Oscars Night was dreadful, and in my opinion, is the fault of the Academy allowing the racism and bigotry to overshadow those deserving the recognition of their talent and hard work by their peers. To acknowledge the boycotting in the first 10 minutes is one thing, to continue that theme throughout the entire evening is another.
What’s your opinion. I’d love to hear.
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