A few entitled, uber-rich celebrities have decided to make themselves a public spectacle. As it turns out, a few black actors will not be attending The Oscars this year, and they are using MLK Day as the day to take their stand and justify their actions, but there’s one thing they missed.
The announcement came in a variety of ways, including a video posted to Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Facebook page. Although people couldn’t really care less if she goes or not, it seems that people have taken an issue with her reasoning. You see, The Oscars are just “too white” for her liking.
“Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?” Pinkett-Smith said. “Maybe it’s time that we recognize that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, that that is the place of true power.” She concluded, “I will not be at the Academy Awards and I will not be watching.”
Sadly, she’s not the only entitled celeb brat who feels this way, as well-known director Spike Lee expressed similar sentiments in an Instagram post that he kicked off with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. In it, he explains his frustration that no black actors were nominated this year.
#OscarsSoWhite… Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let's Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can't Act?! WTF!! It's No Coincidence I'm Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. Dr. King Said "There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It's Right". For Too Many Years When The Oscars Nominations Are Revealed, My Office Phone Rings Off The Hook With The Media Asking Me My Opinion About The Lack Of African-Americans And This Year Was No Different. For Once, (Maybe) I Would Like The Media To Ask All The White Nominees And Studio Heads How They Feel About Another All White Ballot. If Someone Has Addressed This And I Missed It Then I Stand Mistaken. As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where The "Real" Battle Is. It's In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To "Turnaround" Or Scrap Heap. This Is What's Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With "The Green Light" Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, "I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS". People, The Truth Is We Ain't In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White. (Cont'd)
“How is it possible for the second consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white?” he wrote. “And let’s not even get into the other branches. 40 white actors in two years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! WTF!! It’s no coincidence I’m writing this as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.”
Sadly, Martin Luther King Jr. would be rolling in his grave to hear such a thing. You see, Mr. King actually stood for something – equality. All he wanted was for everyone to be looked at and viewed as equals. Now that such a reality has come to be in America (and rightfully so, I might add), it seems that those he sought to fight for have now twisted his work. Where he sought equal opportunity, they have turned it into special privilege based on the color of their skin. Affirmative action is demanded all around, even at the Oscars.
Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t want handouts, he just wanted the opportunity to work for and be eligible for the same things as everyone else. He was able to do that – yet those same people seem to have forgotten that. Now, if things don’t go their way, they cry foul, act like entitled brats, and want something on account of their skin color. This doesn’t apply to all black people, but it certainly does apply to these complainers.
You don’t just get things handed to you in life – you earn them. If the judges at The Oscars believe someone, despite their race, didn’t win, then they didn’t win. Filling a “black quota” isn’t equality. What was it that MLK said about content of character, rather than color of skin?
Long story short, trying to force people to award actors because they have black skin is the exact opposite of what Mr. King ever wanted. You know why? Because that’s racism in its purest form.
(h/t: The Daily Caller)