Dear George Clooney,
Ah, so it looks like you’ve decided to weigh in on the fake outrage of the day. I’m speaking of course of the boycotting of the Oscars being “too white.” I was wondering when you’d find the time to self-importantly chime in. South Park didn’t devote an entire episode to your “smugness” for nothing. Let me see if I’m reading you correctly...
“If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African Americans were nominated,” he told the trade mag. “I would also make the argument, I don’t think it’s a problem of who you’re picking as much as it is: How many options are available to minorities in film, particularly in quality films?”
Come again, stupid? You attribute this to racism? Allow me to interject with a simple explanation: many of the “black films” released in 2015 were simply unworthy of nomination. Tyler Perry films and Ride Along 2 are hard sells to the Academy. A quick look at UrbanDaily.com for “African American Films 2015” even includes The Last Witchhunter with Vin Diesel. Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel. Also, Vin Diesel is black?! Someone call Shaun King.
Here’s the thing, when good films starring black people are made, they always get nominated. Not JUST the ones we know, like Monster’s Ball and Training Day, but even films nobody’s seen, like The Last King of Scotland and 12 Years a Slave. It’s clear the Academy WANTS to be social justice warriors and nominate more “black” films, there just aren’t a ton of them out there, as seen by the ANEMIC selection of films this year. Still, the Academy was scraping the bottom of the barrel to ensure some token nominations.
“There were nominations left off the table,” he said. “There were four films this year: ‘Creed’ could have gotten nominations; ‘Concussion’ could have gotten Will Smith a nomination; Idris Elba could have been nominated for ‘Beasts of No Nation;’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton’ could have been nominated. And certainly last year, with ‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay — I think that it’s just ridiculous not to nominate her.”
Creed – Really?! Really? Creed was as though somebody said “Okay, I want to take Rocky, remove the soundtrack, characters, inspiration or fun. We’ll call it Creed.” You don’t even have to dislike the film, but let’s think for a second… when was the last time a Rocky film, ANY Rocky sequel was nominated for anything other than a Razzie?? This one’s no different. Only it’s worse. Creed was such a festering pile of crap, I can’t believe anybody made it through. Well, except proctologists.
Concussion? The film that was met with mediocre reviews and an even worse box office tally? The one where Will Smith was supposed to play a Nigerian but went with a South African accent? I get it, a faux English accent is easier than Nigerian, but that kind of goes to my case, no?
Beasts of No Nation: to be fair, I have this in my screeners DVD’s (yes, yes I know evil SAG union blahblahblah) and I have yet to watch it. As does THE REST OF THE ENTIRE WORLD. So I have no opinion on it yet.
Straight Outta Compton – Again, if people have seen it, not typically the kind of film that’s nominated. Remember, past winners include Brokeback Mountain and Schindler’s List. Sure it’s got the “biopic” thing going for it. You know what it lacks though? THE QUALITY OF NOT BEING A CRAPPY FILM. Watch this film and tell me who you would nominate. Honestly, Ice Cube? Yet you believe in your heart of hearts truly believe had such a stand-out performance that the only possible reason for their snubbing could be racism. Go.
Selma: This one was nominated for best picture. But its nomination was not enough because it didn’t get the nod for best director? This happens all the time. What’s the issue? Do we have to conclude that the ONLY motivation here can be racism?
“…a woman over 40 has a very difficult time being a lead in a movie,” he continued. “We’re seeing some movement. Jennifer Lawrence and Patricia Arquette have made the loud pronouncement about wage disparity, have put a stamp on the idea that we got to pay attention. But we should have been paying attention long before this. I think that African Americans have a real fair point that the industry isn’t representing them well enough. I think that’s absolutely true.”
And this is the problem with leftism and why it has to implode. George’s only rationalization here is “we should have more equal representation… just because.” It’s not performance-based, it’s not merit-based. It’s solely based on the melanin in your skin, or the genitals between your legs. It’s for this same reason that leftists can’t grasp economics. Because as Adam Smith said of economics, the same is true of the entertainment industry. It is the “invisible hand” of THE MARKET, that determines the kind of representation generally seen in Hollywood. Women make up half of the population. Nobody forces them to see any movies. They vote with their dollar.
Black people have voted with their dollar and made Tyler Perry one of the wealthiest men in the country. They also made N.W.A. such a successful rap group that a biopic was made about them.
White people didn’t push these films to “marginalize” anyone through under-representing them. The Academy is just out of touch with what Americans actually want to see in films. That’s why box office numbers are going to crap.
In the bastion of progressivism that is Hollywood, it has nothing to do with racism, and everything to do with self-important douchebags like you, George Clooney.
You, the smug prick who ruined Batman with rubber nipples.
I know, right? Send your angry hate-tweets to @scrowder. I’ll be sure to not care.