Hollywood can be repugnantly politically correct. It is most certainly overwhelmingly progressive (and statist). Nobody with any credibility could still claim otherwise. Name a typical progressive cause and you can count on many Hollywood stars to climb on their soapboxes and express either support for said cause or vehement criticism for anything that impedes it.
It is actually quite rare, especially from high level Hollywood people, to bust right through the politically correct culture not merely with acts or behavior that indicates liberal hypocrisy (such as liberal Alec Baldwin calling his own daughter a “piggy”), but with words, and in so doing show that they are not as brainwashed as most others in their field. And in a time, when people can be at least to a degree “blacklisted” for not being properly progressive (blacklisted by the kinds of people that have wailed about the 50s era McCarthyism, ironically enough), it is especially courageous if someone drops an un-PC bombs when they’re up for industry-wide acclaim.
Enter Charlotte Rampling, who had the temerity to suggest that if no black actors are currently nominated for an Academy Award, it may just be because they weren’t good enough. And furthermore, to suggest that there is a diversity deficit is racist to white people. To claim that there is such a thing as racism to white people, is itself unheard of among staunch progressives, who think racism was born from only white people, and is practiced only by white people.
People responding to Rampling have, predictably, very little of any substance to say, because progressivism is always about emotion rather than valid arguments. What is the truth for them, is what one ”feels” to be true. Many people “feel” that it is racist not to include black nominations, even though it may simply be a case of black actors not having the 5 best performances this year. Many people “feel” that it would only be just to introduce quotas. Because of course, people should be nominated on the basis of their ethnicity, not their achievements. So does this mean that there must, eventually, also be a quota of black actors winning the Oscar? Well, that would be the only consistent conclusion, wouldn’t it?
The ”integrity” of those who oppose Rampling is also clearly established when they admit in a fit of honesty, that Rampling’s chances of winning the Oscar will now be seriously diminished. As if we needed any confirmation that having the best performance is NOT what gets you the win. No, it is about how many people like you that matters. Point taken, Hollywood.
Michael Caine, bless his heart, also deviates (in a more nuanced and diplomatic way) from the main line. My respect for him as a person has certainly been raised to the level of my respect for his abilities.
I have not taken the people in the entertainment seriously for quite some time, and haven’t taken the Oscars seriously ever since it couldn’t be denied that movies get nominated and awarded mostly for offering up progressive and politically correct lectures masquerading as “movies.” This is only the latest in showing what a sham this ceremony really us. A circle jerk of smug, whiny, politically correct liberals who can’t slap each other on the back hard enough for saying the “right things” at exactly the right time. The bandwagon was riding around, and one by one they hopped on board. And no progressive whining is complete without Matt Damon, George Clooney and Mark Ruffalo telling us about their unoriginal opinions.
I actually hope they go through with their plans for racial diversity quota’s. It would be the perfect opportunity for even more people with half a brain to finally tune out of what has become an utter joke.
P.S. Not only have the Oscars nominated black actors in the past; it has also awarded them a statue. Halle Berry and Denzel Washington even both won the award in the same year for their performances in “Monster’s Ball” and “Training Day”, respectively. And really, was Washington’s performance really the best the movie industry had to offer that year? So perish the thought that a year goes by where 5 white actors are simply better.