Spike Lee is boycotting the Academy Awards because he’s mad that the awards are not being given away along racial lines. He’s not alone, Jada Pinkett Smith is doing it as well. I suppose that the Oscars will have to stumble along without them because there’s something they entirely miss. Maybe, just maybe, the good movies this year were dominated by white people? Did they ever give that one a thought? Of course they didn’t.
Now I can’t say for sure that this was a statement by Lee, although it came from a radio news report on this whole debacle so it probably was, but he wants black men to be proud of being black men. Presumably, he also wants black women to be proud to be black women, but hey, this could be sexist as well as racist, who knows? How about you stop being proud of being black. Honestly, how about you stop being proud of being men. Just be decent people. Is that too much to ask?
Apparently so because lots of people see skin color as something to take pride in. Well, black skin, maybe brown skin, perhaps yellow skin and red skin, if you want to attach arbitrary colors to such things. White skin, no, you can never be proud of that! That’s racist! But it’s just stupid. Why in the world would you take pride in something that is entirely an accident of birth? What purpose does being proud of your skin color or your hair color or your eye color or your height serve? Isn’t it the quality of your character and not the conditions of your birth that make you a worthwhile person? Not to crazy racist liberals, I guess.
But for these people who see race in everything, then spend all their time pointing fingers at everyone else and screaming racism, I guess we can expect no better. The Academy Awards, indeed any award show, isn’t about equal outcome and political correctness, it’s about recognizing excellence in performance among actors and other technical individuals in the movie industry. If black people don’t win more awards, maybe it’s because they aren’t in good movies or don’t turn in memorable performances. But no, that couldn’t be it, it has to be racism! By all means, if Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith want more black actors and actresses to win awards, they can join the Academy, they can cast their votes like everyone else and see how things go. There is a process, but the members are expected to vote on merit, not skin color, and it’s clear that some people are incapable of doing so. It’s racists screaming about racism. Hope they enjoy sitting home on their proud black asses while everyone else has fun on the red carpet.