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Oscar's Subtle Bigotry Was Embarrassing
JewishWorldReview ^ | 4/2/02 | Mom_Grandmother

Posted on 04/02/2002 9:29:39 AM PST by Mom_Grandmother

March 31, 2002

Marianne M. Jennings

Oscars' Subtle Bigotry Embarrassing

"Halle Berry was very good in the Flitnstones. Very Victoria's Secret, purring like a kitten, and the perfect contrasr to John Goodman's Fred. She's a B movie actress who logged a torrid love scene and apparently a good performance that landed her an Oscar, an achievement second in history, according to her acceptance speech, only to the Emancipation Proclamation and the discovery of penicillin.

Her Oscar acceptance performance was right up there with those youthful thespians who play Ado Annie in junior high productions of Oklahoma. Ms. Berry's overacting topped Julia Robert's yammering, sending a drifting uneasiness through the Kodak Theater with Academy members thinking, "Should have voted for Maggie Smith and a little British class."

This year's Academy Awards were a slap in the face to every black in America. Condensension was transparent. A Marlon Brando snub was called for and instead we suffered through sycophants kneeling at the golden alter of Oscar, symbol of Hollywood decadence, socialism and now racial stratification.

Ms. Berry and Denzel Washington's wins, coupled with Sidney Poitier's longevity award, were Hollywood racial pandering. Mr. Poitier had already won an Oscar in 1963 for The Lilies of the Field, but everyone behaved as if the honorary award, bestowed on the likes of film festival Robert Redford was magnanimous. Stale and offencsive Whoopi Goldberg only added to the decent into mediocrity designed to remedy discrimination. Even with writers, there's not an eloquent voice in Hollywood. Ms. Goldberg has perfomed better on Hollywood Squares.

This year's Oscar's subtle bigotry was embarassing. coupled with Ms. Julia Roberts' affected affection, the event set us back 50 years. Smug moguls ginned up the "Free at last" theme. this year's Emmys should witness best actor awards for Nickelodeon's Kenan & Kel or the Power Ranger in the black uniform.

The arrogant liberal mind assumes that minorities can never solve problems or break down barriers without the assistance of government programs, affirmative action and give-away Oscars. President Bush's characterization of such programs as soft bigotry is wrong. These condecending porgrams are racism institutionalized. They guarantee a lesser place in society as they demand dependence on feigned benevolence and discourage self-reliance.

Oscar assumed that without giveaways and special recognition, "people of color", as Ms. Berry describes herself,would never achieve. Mr. Poitier's career is proof that they are wrong. Ironically, Ms. Berry's longwinded lecture on racial barriers ensures that the racial divide continues. Wouldn't it have been lovely for Ms. Berry to recognize her own merit and simply say, "Thank you." She couldn't because Hollywood made certain it preempted her win and her night to preserce the racial divide.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: berry; bigotry; oscar

1 posted on 04/02/2002 9:29:39 AM PST by Mom_Grandmother
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To: Mom_Grandmother
Any thread discussing Halle Berry should include at least one photgraph of her bending over Fred Flintstone's desk so that we Freepers might judge her, ummm, "abilities" for ourselves.
2 posted on 04/02/2002 9:33:49 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mom_Grandmother
BTTT...it was nauseatingly so.
3 posted on 04/02/2002 9:34:23 AM PST by wardaddy
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To: Mom_Grandmother
This year's Oscars were a slap at "halflings" who were shunned in the major categories.
4 posted on 04/02/2002 9:37:03 AM PST by My2Cents
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To: Mom_Grandmother
Juia Roberts: Professional Yammerer.

That describes her well.

5 posted on 04/02/2002 9:38:59 AM PST by Benrand
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To: Mom_Grandmother
Happy to report I missed it entirely, except for a brief glimpse of The Human Whoopi Cushion when looking for the local news at 10. I gave up on Holly-bleeping-wood and its self-love fests years ago.

By the way, I admire your devotion to typing the entire article. (Copy-and-paste is permissable here. ;-)

6 posted on 04/02/2002 9:39:51 AM PST by newgeezer
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To: Mr. Lucky
Any thread discussing Halle Berry should include at least one photgraph of her bending over Fred Flintstone's desk so that we Freepers might judge her, ummm, "abilities" for ourselves.

yabba dabba doooooooooooooooooo

7 posted on 04/02/2002 9:43:18 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: Mom_Grandmother
Saw all the performances except Judi Dench. Berry deserved the award. She played a struggling woman who's husband was executed. She looks for work and raises a kid. Tough role and she pulled it off.

I disagee with Denzel's award. It was a slap at Crowe who has been acting a fool in public this year. The role of Nash was the movie and it was much more complex then Denzel's. Denzel got it for the shunning of Crowe and because he has had multiple nominations. He did better work in Malcom X and Hurricane.

8 posted on 04/02/2002 9:44:46 AM PST by breakem
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To: Mom_Grandmother
The Oscars viewed in respect with these actions will be recognized as another affirmative action social program along with the Heisman Trophy.
9 posted on 04/02/2002 9:46:35 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: ALL
I know how Ms. Jennings feels. I was a very big fan of Halle Berry. Not of anything recent but of "Queen". I thought she was wonderful and her race did not matter to me, her performance was great. It was a slap in my face when she got up on stage and made a big deal of race, and I will never forget it. A simple "Thank you, would have been nice. I was embarrassed just watching her.

I would think a person would want to win an award on "Merit" their acting ability, their accompishments, not their skin color. But what do I know, the woman has no self-respect nor shame, and the same goes for Julia Roberts. The both were an embarrassment.

10 posted on 04/02/2002 9:50:48 AM PST by Mom_Grandmother
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To: breakem
I agree with your assessment. I saw Berry's performance in 'Swordfish' as credible made memorable only by her brief nudity .... Denzel is a great actor who really won the Oscar for his performances in many films. Russell Crowe may be another actor who simply finds it difficult to deal with success .... Like Tom Cruise, who is rumored to be a supreme jerk while working, even demanding the firing of people who dare to make eye contact with him.

Mr. Crowe has been acting the fool since his 'Macho' role in Gladiator. Running off with Dennis Quaid's spouse must have been a huge ego boost, and after she left him he is rumored to have crawled into the bottle. Now Crowe may soon have to pay significant damages for his crazed battery of a fan which included a Tyson-like neck bite ...... Only in Holly Weird.

11 posted on 04/02/2002 10:09:24 AM PST by ex-Texan
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To: ex-Texan

12 posted on 04/02/2002 10:22:13 AM PST by Jack Black
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To: ex-Texan
I disagree with the crucifixion of Russell Crowe based upon behavior. He's not a pedophile like Woody Allen. Is there anybody in Hollyweird who hasn't slept with - and been unceremoniously dumped by - Julia Roberts? Ann Heche gets a pass on her lesbianism because she decided to slum it and get married? The list of misbehaved celebrities is endless, yet Russell Crowe warrants the Academy's worst treatment, not to mention a shameful smear campaign against John Nash.

Actors of his calibre (L.A. Confidential comes to mind) and style are always snubbed by the incestuous and PC Hollywood set. They can't tolerate rebels, unless they're of the sexual deviancy type. I congratulate him that he's in the company of the truly great actors pilloried by Hollywood fags and deviants. At the age of 39 he's already earned a place next to Brando, George C. Scott and Richard Burton - all of whom suffered rebuff by the Hollyweird elite. Go Russell.

13 posted on 04/02/2002 10:43:20 AM PST by steenkeenbadges
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To: Jack Black
She's not all that pretty.
14 posted on 04/02/2002 10:49:08 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Psycho_Bunny
She's not all that Black either (oops, I meant to say African-American!)
15 posted on 04/02/2002 11:13:34 AM PST by Sam's Army
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To: Mom_Grandmother
I am very happy to report that I had no clue the Oscars were on (and no desire to watch them otherwise. I spent the night playing Project Gotham (X box) - awesome, baby!
16 posted on 04/02/2002 12:15:44 PM PST by Joan912
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To: Psycho_Bunny
She's not?

Beauty in the eye of the beholder, I guess.

17 posted on 04/02/2002 12:16:24 PM PST by Mr. Thorne
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To: Mr. Thorne
Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder.
18 posted on 04/02/2002 12:19:20 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: Psycho_Bunny
get your eyes checked she is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen.
19 posted on 04/02/2002 12:22:25 PM PST by vin-one
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To: ex-Texan
Just saw the awful "Swordfish". Berry tans herself. Isn't tanning a white thang?
20 posted on 04/02/2002 12:28:19 PM PST by bvw
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To: Mom_Grandmother
This year's Oscar's subtle bigotry was embarassing. coupled with Ms. Julia Roberts' affected affection, the event set us back 50 years.

"I love my life!"

21 posted on 04/02/2002 12:29:29 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: bvw
She's half-white; maybe she was half-tanning.
22 posted on 04/02/2002 12:31:36 PM PST by Mr. Thorne
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To: mc5cents
don't need no beer to make her good lookin'...
23 posted on 04/02/2002 12:34:10 PM PST by Mr. Thorne
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To: steenkeenbadges
Russell Crowe is a great actor. No doubt about it. His performance in 'Beautiful Mind' was the best all year in my opinion.

However, his conduct is very self-destructive. I saw his battery victim on television claiming Crowe broke his hand and bit a chunk out of his neck and spit it in his face.

24 posted on 04/02/2002 12:40:00 PM PST by ex-Texan
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To: Mr. Thorne
pfft, pfffttt,, pfffttt,
OH MY GOD, What a honey,
reminds of the old stone's song, Brown sugar.
all those old highschool sayings are coming back to mind....
woo hoo, foot stomping on the ground,
thanks for the pic.
25 posted on 04/02/2002 12:47:57 PM PST by vin-one
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To: Mom_Grandmother
"I would think a person would want to win an award on "Merit" their acting ability, their accompishments, not their skin color. "

I am constantly amazed about this. I remember asking a co-worker why he was a Democrat. His answer was, "Well, I'm black, aren't I?" --Yah, so???

I come from MN, originally. The University of MN is known for its diversity, and there are many families from different countries living in the areas surrounding the University. I was exposed to children from many countries in my youthful school days. I never remember feeling differently about anyone because of their skin color or religion. It just wasn't a thought in my head...not an option even.

Consequently, I guess I just don't think the way Ms. Berry does. I felt happy for her that she won, and that it touched her so, but when it came to her getting upset and saying, "...it's been 75 years, I deserve to ..." I thought it took away from any nice feelings I had about that moment, for her.

A chip on the shoulder, no matter WHO you are, isn't very attractive.

26 posted on 04/02/2002 12:59:40 PM PST by NordP
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To: vin-one
Get YOUR eyes checked....De gustibus non es disputatum.

I've never found the Hollyfreak or Cosmopolitan Stick-Woman look to be the least bit attractive.  I actually find it quite repulsive.  She's just gross.  Her face looks like an alien experiment gone bad.  Years of experience with that type of look has led my brain to instantly fire off a "Warning! Psychob*tch Alert" whenever I catch that type of woman out of the corner of my eye.

Women like that are the primate equivalent of the French Poodle: a totally useless animal that's supposedly "fine and handsome".  

Then you find out it's a prissy, neurotic, freak-of-fur that pisses all over everything.  Screw that.  Just give me a plain-Jane Aussie Shepard any day of the week.

Sure, it's not the "most beautiful" dog but, the joy it brings MAKES IT the most beautiful dog.

27 posted on 04/02/2002 1:05:19 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Mr. Thorne
Dude...get real. She looks like a freak. What the hell is with those cheeks?
28 posted on 04/02/2002 1:08:25 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Psycho_Bunny
I think she's gorgeous!! But she's also a silly little self-absorbed Hollyweird starlet, with the usual vocabulary of worn-out liberal platitudes to spout whenever anybody is stupid enough to either give her an award, or worse yet ask her for her opinion in front of a camera.
29 posted on 04/02/2002 1:15:09 PM PST by Bagehot
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Didn't I already answer that? Beauty is in... et cetera?

Don't get nasty on me, or I'll start posting pictures of E.D., Lauren and Laurie all over this thread...

30 posted on 04/02/2002 1:30:12 PM PST by Mr. Thorne
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To: Mr. Thorne
don't need no beer to make her good lookin'...

True, true. But for some... it helps.

31 posted on 04/02/2002 1:38:59 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: Mr. Thorne
Don't get nasty on me

Take a good, hard look at my nick.

Then think about your statement.

What are the chances of me remain civil for any appreciable length of time?

>:P

32 posted on 04/02/2002 5:46:56 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Psycho_Bunny
See, now, with an attitude like that...

I'm going to take my marbles and go home.

= P

33 posted on 04/02/2002 5:51:28 PM PST by Mr. Thorne
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To: Mr. Thorne
Go ahead. I already stole the ones I like.

heheheheh.

34 posted on 04/02/2002 5:57:59 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Mom_Grandmother
So, in 2002 when Denzel, Halle Berry, and Poitier win, with Whoopi Goldberg as host...we have bigotry.

What do we call a year such as 1997 when the winners, the host, the performers, and the special award winners were all white?

It's Hollywwod...why try and make sense of it?

35 posted on 04/02/2002 5:58:24 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez
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To: Psycho_Bunny
hmmph.

I spit in your general direction.

36 posted on 04/02/2002 6:55:18 PM PST by Mr. Thorne
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Well Psycho, I guess from my point of view the grass is always greener.
My wife is absolutely beautiful, inwardly as well on the outside,
but she is no Halle, or Jennifer Anniston. But I will keep her.
I wasn't looking at her mind. just what is on the outside.
37 posted on 04/03/2002 4:32:21 AM PST by vin-one
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