Everyone’s favorite faux preacher, Al ‘Not-So’ Sharpton, has now seen fit to insert himself into this growing conspiracy against black actors that is being called the #OscarsSoWhite campaign. Sharpton has now called upon all Americans to "tune out" of the 88th Academy Awards next month. He also vows to use his bogus ‘civil rights’ group referred to as the National Action Network, to drive down 2016 viewing figures and reduce the US Academy’s advertising revenue. Sharpton has backed calls for a boycott of the 2016 Oscars over the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ failure to nominate a single actor of color for the second year running.
Sharpton, who also happens to be Barry “Almighty’s’ advisor on all matters having to do with discrimination, real or imagined, said Hollywood had “locked out” people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. He said, “To me, it is clear that they think they can get away with this as a pattern.” Al went on to say, “We must escalate our feelings and we must escalate our activism to now, in my view, affect the bottom line, because mere conversations and appeals don’t seem to reap any benefits or change for the community at large.” Sharpton then went on to say, “You must remember that people of color are 40% of movie ticket buyers.”
Sharpton said, “We are not asking for favors here; we are supporting an industry that has now … locked us out. They have a policy they won’t correct. Even the president of the Academy says that something needs to be done.” ‘Not-So’, who labelled Hollywood “fraudulent” following last week’s announcement of an all-white list of acting nominees, said his boycott would aim to hit the Academy in the pocket by reducing viewing figures and therefore advertising revenues. But if I’m not mistaking, viewership of the Oscars, as with most other awards shows, has been declining, and pretty steadily so, over the last few years anyway.
He said, “I’m not saying that we want to select who is nominated or wins, but if you are telling me out of best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress – out of 40 slots, two years in a row, that there are no blacks and no browns who rose to a level of being considered, that’s hard to believe.” He added, “That’s unacceptable. Then I have the right to say, ‘You know what, you can do what you want, but you won’t do it with my support.’ Let’s see if advertisers and others think that you are as attractive to pay those high fees if they know that sizeable portions of the population will not be watching your show the night it airs.”
Sharpton started shooting his mouth off after Jada Pinkett-Smith, Spike Lee and Michael Moore all said they would not be attending the 2016 ceremony in protest at the Oscars’ diversity deficit. Pinkett Smith, who first raised the prospect of a boycott over the weekend, tweeted on Tuesday that she would “look forward to the future”, after Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a statement saying she was “heartbroken and frustrated” by the all-white nominations and vowing to improve diversity among the Academy’s membership. It was not clear if Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith would attend next month’s ceremony.
And then there was Lupita Nyong’o who, or so I’m told, won a best supporting actress Oscar in 2014 for her turn in the drama Twelve Years a Slave. She chose to vent her frustration via Instagram. So on Wednesday morning she took to the web to announce her support for improving diversity. She wrote, “I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year’s Academy Awards nominations,” she wrote. “It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture. The Awards should not dictate the terms of art in our modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today.”
And it was Whoopi Goldberg who was heard to say on her imbecilic little television show ‘The View’ that Hollywood’s problems went way beyond this year’s all-white list of acting nominees. She said, “It’s not that the people doing the nominating are too white.” And she went on to say, “The problem is, people who can help to make movies that have blacks and Latinos and women and all that, that money doesn’t come to you because the idea is that there’s no place for black movies. There has never been, in the history of movies, a plethora of black movies made because people believe we don’t want to see movies with black people in them.”
So what do you suppose is it that will make these poor, distraught black actors feel better about themselves. How about if we cease with all these ‘Best’ awards and simply hand out to all who take part in making a movie, no matter how good or how bad, “Participation Oscars.’ That way everyone would get an award and no one’s feelings would be hurt. Because, frankly, I’m getting pretty tired of these Hollywood losers telling me that this entire problem stems from the fact that my country is racist. If in fact it is racism that’s the problem, I would argue that it is less about my country and more with Hollywood. Why’s it the country’s fault?
Personally I could really give a shit less about any of these overpaid crybabies. I stopped watching stupid awards shows decades ago. And the skin color of those nominated, or not nominated, really had nothing to with my decision to tune them all out. I simply came to see all of these imbecilic entertainers as being, quite frankly, pretty boring. And I got tired of them interjecting their leftist politics into everything. When it became less about being a way for us, the ‘fans’, to cheer for our favorites and more about political propaganda, I just stopped watching. So at this point if people want to boycott they can go right ahead, it’ll have no impact on me.