Last night, many chose to watch the Oscars to see how they would handle the ”Oscars so white” controversy. Additionally, many were interested in how the usually raw comedian, Chris Rock, would handle the issue.
In a word: OFFENSIVE
Chris Rock had the chance to stand up and address the issue with pride and strength. Instead he stood dressed in his all white suite and participated in a reverse minstrel show. He helped the powers that suppress diversity to mock the recipients of that very oppression.
In addition the presentation of Stacy Dash as the “diversity” rep was a pure slap in the face and a representation of the fact that the Academy has no sense of what minorities are feeling. Instead they chose to use her to poke fun at the anger surrounding her previously ignorant commentary.
And then we get a few more minstrel moments.
The “Black History Moment” could have been used to actually honor blacks. Instead they chose to give Jack Black the time for a moment of tasteless humor and used Angela Bassett to compound the embarrassing moment.
Next they take Whoopi Goldberg and let her jest about how impossible difficult it is to get a role let alone an Oscar while pushing a mop.
If that were not enough to get your blood boiling, they end the show with the song “Fight The Power” by Public Enemy while rolling footage of the “so white Oscars” as if to say, “You can complain about us but at the end of the day, we control this”!
The writers of this year’s Oscars should get an award – for one of the most offensive display of diversity sensitivity since the end of slavery!
This frustration about the “Oscars so white” is not a new thing. It is just getting old. And it is time we take notice and walk into our own power. After all it is just a gold statue. But what it represents is industry honor, recognition and a chance for equal monetary rewards. Perhaps we don’t need it. Perhaps we just need each other.