If only the rejection of this pathetic political correctness in Hollywood would become more widespread. The famous movie writer/director duo Joel and Ethan Coen did not say anything all that inflammatory. They are not against more diversity in the movie industry. But this specific singling out of the Academy Awards nominees, and of specific movies is ‘idiotic’ to them. Don’t hail Caesar; hail the Coen Brothers.
Of course, there is plenty of diversity in the movie industry in general already. Movies are chock full of minorities, and the whiny race-baiting hypocrite Will Smith (who, ironically, was nominated for an Oscar twice and lost, BOTH times to another black actor; how is that for lack of racial diversity at the Oscars?) has not become a movie superstar for no reason. The same goes for people like Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, or Morgan Freeman to name but a few examples. Obviously they have gotten plenty of work. The less said about the number of women or Jews in movies the better because any notion of a lack of diversity there is absurd on its face. Even animals get a lot of screen time. Just think about all the movies prominently featuring dogs.
As the Coen brothers point out, the roles the black actors are asked for depends on the stories. And the stories, including the writing of the characters, may not always be up to Oscar “standard” (whatever that may be these days). Obviously, plenty of movies dealing with issues of racism and/or slavery have been nominated (everybody is still rolling their eyes that “Crash” won the best picture award years back instead of the other minority group appeal movie “Brokeback Mountain”). Are we supposed to be buried under mountains more movies about racism or slavery? About life in the hood? Because ironically, these types of movies that appeal to the plight of oppressed or poor black people make for good Oscar-bait.
Not enough eh?
Maybe a good idea would be for Hollywood in general to then get past the umpteenth high profile, Oscar bait movie about racism, ghetto life or slavery, so the people nominating actors for their performances can be impressed by what other meaty roles Hollywood has to offer to black actors (or other minorities)? You know, something about acting range and all that? About diversity not only of color, gender or sexuality, but of the type of movies made? The type of stories told? The type of roles played?
But that would require them to come up with stories that are not about hypocritically lecturing people from a soapbox.