When you post the exact words spoken by Oscars host Chris Rock on your social media walls and “Facebook friends” don’t want your views shared on their “social media” feeds, you can bet the comedy educated America. Truth hurts, or makes us laugh! It’s time for all “creditable” awards ceremonies to share the demographics of the voters. The percentage of men, woman and the break down of all backgrounds should be available for award ceremonies, including Olivier Awards, Tony Awards, down to regional theatre awards like Chicago’s Jeff Awards, Florida’s Carbonell Awards, Arizoni and so on. If you want to show value for your “awards ceremony” honoring the best, share the voters breakdown on social media.
The film industry has made a mint of black artists this year. You can bet those paying the piper would want to be honored with at least a nominee or two! If Chris Rock did not mention the obvious issues haunting the Oscars and America, wouldn’t you, as a fellow black male, or female, be outraged? So why not open discussion on global media that keeps dividing us as a Nation. Americans look for way to find common ground and share your views on social media. Note, social media friends who send private messages have no value!
Facebook friends, Twitter friends and so on.. If you can’t take the heat in the kitchen, it may be time to remove yourself. We can all agree to disagree, but when social media friends don’t want your opinions on their feeds there are a few options. The individual who is not happy with others opinions might want to take the “Trump” road and just remove them completely. The other option is to actually let social media open the current issues up for conversation, so we can be educated on all sides of the equation. Broadway Global and Theatre Chat allow all sides shared in our groups that total 180,000 as we want to keep artists employed and patrons informed. The arts are the international language that bring nations together through music, dance, theatre… Should we not embrace where we find common ground and voice opinions when values don’t agree with a now global society? Through Theatre Chat City/State groups and Broadway Global we have 180,000 arts lovers with many common values. When your values are different from your social media friends, it may be time to let them go with a Facebook block or twitter removal. For those who send you personal messages that they agree with you, but are not willing to share that agreement on social feeds, their opinion have no value! If you don’t stand for something, you stand for nothing at all!
Theatre Chat shared a #BlackLivesMatter tweet during the Oscars red carpet. We chose to attach the post to a few Broadway leaders, who were tweeting live about important issues, like commercials and dresses! Request came in by private messages to delete the tweet. We understand the option of not commenting, as these arts leaders and talents are a brand in the arts. The option to delete the post was not an option. Our values are our values! We may have lost a few social media friends, but in the long run we gained others who have the same values. A true friend is not afraid of all opinions or sharing them in public on social media. Please don’t take the “Trump” road on social media and remove fellow Americans from discussing our issues! We have seen “removal” in history, Hitler Nazi cleansing is not an option! For those posting comments like “you are sick of hearing about Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter”, maybe you could put yourself in the “life” shoes of an Asian, Indian, or African American.. the opportunities are not even close! So, before you complain on social media that you are sick of hearing about issues that they have dealt with since birth, re-think your educated comments.
The Oscars may have been boring to some, but it was educational. We don’t want to take away from the winners and nominated industry, so lets call this a win for all Americans. Happy to see the Facebook cap of 5,000 friends fall off to those who have same values and understand the issues we have in America. No one is asking for quotas for winners. The film industry made huge amounts of monies that are sitting in studio owners bank accounts. Don’t worry a few winning films will make their way to Broadway and so will the same artists opportunities.
It’s time for the voters to represent the multiple ethnics that make America the global melting pot, and leaders for diversity in our global society. Arts imitates life, comedy comes from the issues we all can relate to. When it hurts, when we laugh from truth, it did its’ job. Chris Rock did his job, not just as a Oscar host, but as a black entertainer that is stating truth! Opportunities must start at the top, from the chosen creditable voters. Shouldn’t voters represent all? Please share this link on your favorite social media feeds, see which “friends” allow discussion or block you, either way your life will be better for the truth! And you will win a personal Oscar! Let’s hear it for the boring Oscars that no one watched, yet blew up social media feeds and relationships. Discussion is the future for our global society. Please share your feedback on Richard Cameron’s Facebook Fan Page I will approve all post, as long as we all are respectful. Your comments may be shared on our next Broadway Global exclusive.