Well this was unexpected. Jamie Foxx is not the first black actor to brush off the #OscarsSoWhite controversy (see Will Smith’s ‘Fresh Prince’ Aunt Blasts Him Over Oscar Boycott and Ice Cube Slams Race-Baiting Whiners Boycotting The Oscars), but he’s definitely the biggest…
“All these Oscar talks, I don’t even trip about that,” said Foxx, according to US Weekly. “I mean, what’s the big deal? I was sitting at home with my Oscar, like ‘What’s all the hubbub?’”
According to Page Six, Fox added: “Me and Denzel were like, ‘Hashtag what’s the big deal? Hashtag act better.’”
Foxx cited the attitude of Sidney Poitier, who became the first black winner of the best actor Oscar in 1964 for his turn in Lilies of the Field. “I was with Sidney Poitier just a couple weeks ago, and in 1963 all he asked for was an opportunity to act,” Foxx said. “That’s all we have to do: opportunity. If you turn the camera on and say, ‘OK … win an award … and action,’ we’ll all have taken 10 steps back. It’s all about the art. Who cares about anything else?”
That’s the thing. If there was a specific movie or a specific black role that was shunned, I would more than understand the controversy. Or, you know, if the Oscars were actually about movies regular people enjoy and not just celebrities giving each other reacharounds while they revel in their own awesomeness.
Also, two years ago? When black actors were nominated and won oscars? Leftists sung a different tune…
#AcademyAwards show diversity, tolerance, cultural creativity of US in Obama Era. Hard power matters, per Putin, but Oscars r as powerful.
— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) March 3, 2014
So which is it, guys? Just because black actors weren’t nominated this year doesn’t mean they’ve never been nominated ever. See Jaime Foxx above, who’s sitting pretty with his Oscars LOLing at all the pathetic whiners who just can’t deal with rejection. Newsflash: if you want to be recognized with a trophy, maybe do trophy-worthy work. Extra hint because I’m feeling generous: Maybe you should do your best for the love of the work, not with the hopes of dashing on stage and thanking the Academy, then going to several after parties where you get super drunk and have your butt kissed by overly-hyped pretty people.
Whoa. Did you see how fast my soapbox came out? Freaking magical.
Frankly I’m a bit done with all these entitled pansies who want accolades for showing up. Just like this Yelp employee who bitched about the wage gap in an open letter to her CEO. The world is not against you, morons. Sometimes you actually have to excel, not hold your hand out.
Step it up people. Step. It. Up.