Skip to comments.Race for the Oscars: By dwelling on skin color, the Academy Awards do blacks a disservice.
Posted on 03/25/2002 8:10:40 PM PST by Pokey78Edited on 04/23/2004 12:04:20 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
The Motion Picture Academy is as much "academy" as the People's Democratic Republic of Korea is "democratic." But on Sunday night, at the Oscars, the academicians were positively Crimson in the way they immersed themselves (and the rest of us) in a single, iron-willed thesis.
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When will idiots like Whoopi consider themselves Americans first?
Why are we all expected to be so damn colorblind yet laud every little piece of blackness as somehow "special". It doesn't fit....."and if it doesn't fit...one must not SUBMIT!!!"
Another point: the race issue at the Oscars only shows multi-culturalism and separates people. It doesn't bring people together. As for the Sidney P. being a role model only for blacks, everyone should read Tammy Bruce's book, The Thought Police.
And all this focus on race. Good Lord, seems to me we have moved away from King's dream of people being judged based on the content of their character versus the color of their skin. And the people moving away the fastest are the people of color! Go figure.
Never. I heard Whoopi say, on Politically Incorrect, that she thought communism was cool and didn't know what all the fuss was about. (To his credit, Bill Maher slammed her.) These highly paid black actors just want to cause dissension. Not good role models for their bro's. And not making them any friends, either, among other Americans of all colors who work hard and never, ever make the kind of money she and her whining cohorts in HoWood pull down.
I didn't see the Oscars, but I listened in vicariously through Matt Drudge's program. When I heard Berry's remarks, and some of the initial reactions, I simply thought the situation unfortunate. I dunno quite why, but I don't think Halle Berry thinks of herself as an African-American. Yet, she works in the Hollywood System, where the PC Cardinals and Bishops are thicker there than the Catholic ones in Rome, Berry probably has to view herself professionally as an African-American: because that's the way she is cast.
I first saw (or noticed) Halle Berry in Executive Decision and again in X-Men. Neither role would ever have been regarded as Oscar-winning material. Yet in neither role was she clearly "playing" an African American. In one she was a smart stewardess and in the other, a mutant human with super-powers. Monster's Ball is different. That film is about about race and the deliberate blindness to it that the protagonists exhibit.
What I'm trying to get across is that Berry's is probably of two minds: Professionally, she has to carry the mantle of "African-American" because that is how Hollywood treats her and honors her in the big roles. So come Oscar time, she bent to that professional role. Privately, I don't think she's as concientious of it. At least not in the way that Whoopi or Jesse or Al are. I don't think she does and I hope she doesn't.
Put another way, although it's not quite the same example, we had a girl in our high school whose parents were a Causcaion and a Polynesian (Hawaiian). She was a beautiful girl. Yet, for some reason, many people thought she was black. Rude/PC people would ask her questions to get an "African-American perspective." It grated her to have to explain her background and then turn around and set it aside to answer the question objectively. But, whether she liked it or not or the questioners meant it or not, she received and lived the "African American" perspective because that's how she was treated.
Halle Berry goes through much the same thing, I'm guessing. On the one hand, she probably looks in the mirror and, except for complexion, she does not see the typical African American face before her. (Don't get me started. Watch TV, the movies, and the nightly news to see and hear what Hollywood and the Mainstream Media passes off as typical.) Probably she is not regarded by people as African-American if she goes about unrecognized. Yet in 21st Century America, thanks to PC ideology and its dogged promotion by the Left, especially in Hollywood, her professional peers and employers have to label her something, so, looking into her background, pigeon-hole her as an African-American.
That's why I consider her situation "unfortunate." She probably was not expecting her Oscar win. Yet when she won, she understood the sad context of the win. She might have tried to shake it and somehow assert the win based purely on her talent. As it should have been. Instead, we witnessed a sad spectacle and we read the fallout on Free Republic.
Probably, I am coming off like an apologist. Then again, maybe I'm wrong and she has "drunk the Kool-aid." I'm just willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and suggest that perhaps she didn't mean to come across the way she did.
You don't teach "multiculturalism," you just live it.
Don't flame me till' you think about it.
But didn't Whoopi Goldberg herself point that out during the awards?
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