America’s # 1 race baiter, Al Sharpton, aka CI 7, is perturbed (maybe not $$$) that the Oscars for the “second year” in a row has not nominated a Black actor or director for an award.
Sharpton among others are incensed that in spite of movies such as “Concussion” starring Will Smith, “Beasts of No Nation with Idris Elba and “Creed” with Ryan Coogler are not among those nominated.
[Note of Disclosure: I have not seen any of the movies listed above and never heard of Ryan Coogler, which I assume, makes me a racist. Oh, I forgot, Black people cannot be racist. (sarcasm) Well then, that makes me not interested.]
Sharpton through his National Action Network, community organizers and other Black radical extremist groups are planning to nudge guilt-ridden viewers into turning off “anything that does not represent the broad cultural and diverse contributions of American entertainment” based on Hollywood’s alleged “climate of exclusion for people of color.”
‘We’ve talked about the climate of exclusion for people of color in Hollywood both in terms of being selected for possible awards and in terms of having power to make deals and it seems as though Hollywood listens a day or two and moves on. Now it’s time to make sure we can’t be ignored…
So where to begin? With the advertisers, of course!
Sharpton in an interview with Variety stated:
One of the things that NAN has done, whether it was with Imus or other issues, is the way we have used the cash register. If major advertisers know that people are tuning out and the ratings are down, that will impact the bottom line of the value of the Academy and the Academy has to, at some point, determine whether or not it is in their interest to continue excluding people and excluding them at what price. Now we have to escalate that price. When we were fighting people before, we went right to the advertisers and people who ignored us started saying, ‘lets sit down and talk,’ because their bottom line was effected. You have to remember advertisers have to do business, have to go before congress and the senate for regulations, they have to deal in municipalities to expand their businesses. Advertisers when they’re approached by civil rights groups, they may agree or disagree, but they don’t want to get into it….
Ka-ching! There you have it, America. While for those in the grievance industry and the mainstream media, it makes for good sound bites, this planned boycott is not really about “the climate of exclusion for people of color in Hollywood,” but Sharpton securing another huge payday from Hollywood and advertisers.
After all, this is the season or Sharpton’s annual or bi-annual efforts to extort billions but this time around, said extortion campaign is in the name of the Oscars, of which I have not watched in more that twenty years.
Sharpton who never leaves home without his trusty race card stated:
It’s failed because it’s a small body with an even smaller percentage of people of color. When you have an industry where 40% of the theater-goers are people of color, but the representation people of color in the Academy is much smaller, you have a situation that is offensive and insulting.
Sorry Al, what is offensive is the cost of movie and Broadway theater tickets, said offense of which crosses the color line.
Backing Sharpton are at least two Black Hollywood elitists who have prospered and done quite well for themselves amidst the racist Hollywood elites, i.e., Jada Pinkett Smith whose net worth is somewhere around $20 million and Spike Lee (who else?) with an estimated net worth of $40 million.
Both announced on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday that they would be boycotting the Oscar’s because all of the major nominees are Caucasian.
Lee released his statement on Instagram proclaiming that he could not support a “lily white” awards show, while Pinkett made her statement in a video posted to her Facebook page. (#1, neither Lee’s or Smith’s statements were well received by the commoners who made their displeasure known in the comments beneath their statements; and #2, the moment when one realizes that, the “white guilt” relabeled “white privilege” thing has gone off the rails.)
Of course, not everyone is drinking the kool-aid, sweet tea or eating “chitlins and watermelon,” i.e., as referenced by Sharpton Monday in a weird rant during his MLK, Jr. speech pushing the Progressive agenda (of course).
Black actress Janet Hubert, famous for her role in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” as Will Smith’s Aunt opposes the boycott movement pointing out that there were issues that are far more urgent in the Black community that needs to be addressed.
“People are dying. Our boys are being shot left and right. People are hungry. People are starving. People are trying to pay bills,” Hubert said. “And you’re talking about some (expletive) actors and Oscars. And it just ain’t that deep.”
Nailed it but then Sharpton and his Marxist ace boon coons would much rather engage in the annual or bi-annual extortion of millions from Hollywood moguls and major advertising companies which adds up to money in the bank their pockets while Black on Black homicides adds up to blood in the streets and bodies in the morgue.
Finally, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy and Black responded to the fray, first by acknowledging the nominees and voiced her concerns about the lack of inclusion.
Translation: The Academy has its checkbook out with pen in hand…or will that be cash?
Isaacs might want to “check her privilege” before she “cuts the check.” After all, Oscar ratings have been swimming south for some time now.
In the meantime, Blacks are still dying in the streets of Urban America.