We’ve covered the Oscars nontroversy a little on LwC (see Will Smith’s ‘Fresh Prince’ Aunt Blasts Him Over Oscar Boycott and Dear George Clooney: You Prejudiced, Pompous, Dumbass…), but there are some like Jimmy Kimmel who are taking the matter much more seriously.
As he should because what happens to white people who don’t take this serious issue seriously are met with vicious (albeit quite stupid) Tweets. Hell hath no fury like an #SJW with a keyboard.
To meet this “controversy” head on, Kimmel had the head of public relations for the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on to discuss what the Academy is doing to fix is racial problem…
Kimmel began by asking who was at fault for the issue at hand. Was it the academy for not recognizing black actors? Hollywood for not writing enough racially-diverse roles? Was it Kimmel’s nemesis Matt Damon just… just because?
Kimmel then brought in “Stewart Bloom” (Even Stevens‘ Tom Virtue) of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the P.R. director proposed a solution of tweaking the nominated white-washed films to make them more inclusive.
Okay, so firstly, even though Kimmel is a giant liberal (read Cecil the Lion Dies: Jimmy Kimmel Cries. Babies Die: Not So Much), he dove headfirst into black stereotypes to mock this #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Inserting Reverend Al Sharpton in a movie instead of Leo Di Caprio? Genius. Makes the bear-mauling scene that much better.
That was a joke. Obviously I wouldn’t want to see Al Sharpton mauled by the bear. I’d worry about how much it would harm the bear.
Even though you and I and all people who have a smidgen of a sense of humor find this funny, the overly sensitive unless-babies-are-being-butchered liberals? Not so much. As per usual, though, all the liberals could do was call Kimmel a big poo-poo head meanie for the segment instead of attacking its merit. Granted that’s rather hard to do when the entire segment was a JOKE. I present you with this winner from HuffPo:
We don’t know if this was a misguided attempt to parody the Academy’s tone-deafness in the matter, but the sketch turned “The Big Short” into “The Big Shawty,” the film “Room” into “Crib” and easily takes home the award for most cringeworthy segment of the year.
One man’s “cringeworthy” is another man’s comedic gold. They’re also called jokes for a reason…not meant to be taken seriously. If Jimmy Kimmel faces blowback for this, I’d suggest he take some advice from this sign-maker, who doubled down on his hilarious messages to uptight feminists. Seriously, go read it. Because with comedy, as I’ve said before, either everything can be mocked, or nothing can be mocked. Comedy is equal opportunity.
What do you think? Funny? Not funny? Have better movie title ideas? Tweet @scrowder.