Joining the chorus of people calling the Oscars racist is legendary actor Michael Caine. If you haven’t seen any recent Christopher Nolan films, or you’ve been living under a rock, Michael Caine is a super white, British actor who’s been in the industry since the dawn of mankind. Slight exaggeration. Of course being white and being British makes him doubly white with even more “privilege.” I’m going, of course, off leftist’s stereotypes of “whiteness.” So when Caine said something that was both true and logical, with a British accent, the leftists freaked out. Here’s what he said:
In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Caine was asked about the controversy, responding: “There’s loads of black actors. You can’t vote for an actor because he’s black. You got to give a good performance, and I’m sure there were very good [performances].”
In other words, you have to be good at your job to get recognized for it. Someone can’t just nominate you because you’re black, or your a woman, or your transgendered. You’re nominated based on your skills. Duh. But wait, there’s more logic.
When his interviewer confirmed that Idris Elba wasn’t in the running for an Academy Award, Caine added: “Well, look at me. I won the [European Film Award for] best actor [for Youth], and I got nominated for nothing else.”
Asked about his advice for black actors frustrated by the situation, Caine said: “Be patient. Of course, it will come. Of course, it will come. It took me years to get an Oscar.”
Which was the coup de grace for the leftists. What, black actors have to WAIT to get an award? That’s like sending them to the back of the bus. How dare you. Black actors deserve awards now, because they’re black. Shut up you snooty white man.
Behold, Tweets of rage:
Ugh Michael Caine. I liked you. Why you do dis https://t.co/jCJOPWTTyV
— Andray (@AndrayDomise) January 22, 2016
Sir Michael Caine, I guess it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say "wait." #MLK
— Nichelle Stephens (@niche) January 22, 2016
Michael Caine announces he is white, proud of himself.
— Noah Berlatsky (@hoodedu) January 22, 2016
Michael Caine, good god. I'm glad these white actors are finally showing their true feelings (or lack of) about POC.
— Jenifer (@_vanessaives) January 22, 2016
I bet the SJWs are feeling super proud of themselves this morning. Caine has spent years in film, polishing his craft. SJWs roll out of bed and hop on social media to spew crap all over the internet. Not unlike this famous scene from a famous film:
Yeah, I know it’s gross. But so are SJWs. Some questions:
- Could someone tell me why Michael Caine is wrong? After all, plenty of white actors have to wait years before their nominated. If at all. Yet they don’t complain. They try again.
- Will Smith recently said “racism was rare.” But he wasn’t nominated this year, so racism? Someone please explain.
- Are white actors supposed to feel guilty that, after dedicating their life to their craft, they have been recognized by their peers for all their hard work?
- Must they give up their awards or nominations to “colored” actors who were not nominated, maybe because the film they stared in or their performance wasn’t up to Oscar snuff?
- Is there a specific minority-centric movie or role that was specifically snubbed? This was both asked and pointed out in the open letter to George Clooney (which you should totally read).
The real punchline in all this is that the Oscars are always less about the people who go to and enjoy movies, and more about the people who make the movies fluffing each other and reveling in their own awesomeness. Plus the designer dresses on the red carpet.
Oh, also, guess who hasn’t chimed in on this “controversy?” I’ll give you a giant hint:
Sometimes talent is required. It also helps if the movies you’re in don’t suck and people go to see them. Denzel Washington knows these things. He’s reaped the benefits of such basic knowledge as picking decent films and being good in them. So maybe a black actor wasn’t nominated for a film this year. But to say the entire institution is racist, that might be extreme. As fun as it is to watch people fighting about it.
Remember Denzel. Remember that sometimes if you want to be recognized for your work, you should excel at your work. Sometimes an award requires more than just skin tone, sometimes it requires talent, effort and excellence.
Take it to the bank, people.
What say you? Should we have the “black actor award” to appease the vocal few? Tweet me at @Courtneyscoffs and I’ll tell you you’re wrong. Or we can talk about Denzel.