Look, I’m not much into movies. I know that for millions of people around the world it’s a fantastic form of entertainment and an escape from reality. And I really do kinda watch movies…but there are very few movies that are coming out today that I care to spend my money on to watch in a theater. I’d just as soon wait until they hit Netflix or Amazon Prime, thank you very much.
OK, so you can call me cheap. And you can call me not a fan of the celluloid arts. And I’m good with that. So why in hell do I care if Spike Lee or Jada Pinkett Smith decides to boycott the Oscars this year? Actually, I could care less. In fact, I’m thinking overall America could care less. It’s not a big deal to me that “persons of color” have been excluded from receiving nominations for the second straight year (yeah…I had to go back and look…I blogged about it last year too!). And I’m sorry that the people that vote for the Oscars didn’t think Straight Outta Compton was worth an Oscar nomination. It probably wasn’t. But I’m not going to lose any sleep because a bunch of people felt they didn’t get what they felt they deserved. That’s called life. You deal with and move on.
Do I think what happened was racist? Nope, not a bit. I don’t because I think the Oscars are voted on by the liberal left anyway, and as they are always telling us, it’s the mean-spirited, hate-filled Republican right that are the ones that are racists. They are the pure and unsoiled. And they are the savers of the planet. Actually, what happens is, those that sell the most tickets and have the best acting abilities are the ones that get nominated. The studio heads that run that industry are interested in one thing: money. They could care if someone is black or white, gay or straight, Jewish or Christian or Muslim or whatever. If they are a box office smash, the studio heads will be behind them, and they will be pushed into the Oscar race. It happens that way every year.
The main point here is that it extends across all of America. There’s a reason why people are at the top of their industry, and I don’t care what the industry is. It’s that they are smarter, or better, or more creative, or whatever. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be there. And if you don’t measure up to them, you aren’t going to be in the same league. I spent my career in radio broadcasting. Yeah, I did talk shows, but you know something? I was never as famous as Howard Stern. Why? Because he was better than I was. He was better at getting an audience than I was. If I had been as good as him, I would have been a multi-millionaire screaming “Bullshit” on the air just to see if I could get away with it. But I wasn’t. And so, I didn’t measure up. I don’t deny him his rightful place because I’m jealous. I give him his due. The same with people like Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity, or Glenn Beck (who I’ve met several times, and no… I don’t like him as a talk show host, but HE was better than me too!)
To the Spike Lee’s and Jada Pinkett Smith’s of the world…get over it. You’re in a high profile business. If you feel you got stepped on it’s probably because you weren’t good enough…not because you are black. Period.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!