Oscars so white, Oscars so wrong!
Writer Joey Krebs comments on the unbearable Whiteness of the Academy in selecting Oscar winners
“The unbearable Whiteness of being biased in selecting its current and past Oscars winners is flawed”
By JOEY KREBS, Contributing Writer
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rears its ugly face again, showing no inclusion or diversity for its colorless market trade show, the Academy Awards. For the second year in a row, “It’s all about the White’s place at its Wrong time..”
For the second year in a row, all 20 actors nominated for Oscars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are White. The Academy has faced criticism for years about the lack of diversity among its voting members. According to a 2014 survey, 94 percent of the Academy’s voting members are White, and 76 percent are male.
Because Academy voting membership is limited to artists working on the production of theatrically-released films, the lack of representation in the Oscars is a reflection of the whiteness that permeates the film industry. Black artists such as director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith have announced that they will not be attending or watching this year’s Oscars, citing the lack of people of color in all four acting categories.’
The unbearable Whiteness of being biased in selecting its current and past Oscars winners is flawed.
Need further proof? Let’s return to uncover the dirty little secret from last years’ Academy nomination of Bennett Miller as Best Director in being praised for his scandalous exploitative and inaccurate Combative Arts film Foxcatcher which “Whitewashed” and omitted our athletic culture of diversity. The film committed many historical errors with its bashing extravaganza project including shelving the great combative history of Mark Schultz’s Black opponent Big Daddy Gary Goodridge for a more marketable White cast for its final flawed UFC No Holds Barred scene.
This year the elitist Academy institution is back at it again and the media is finally calling ‘foul’ on the Academy’s systemic racism.
“I been in the right place
But it must have been the wrong time
I’d of said the right thing
But I must have used the wrong line
I been in the right trip
But I must have used the wrong car
My head was in a bad place
And I’m wondering what it’s good for.”
– Dr. John: “Right Place Wrong Time”
Joey Krebs is a freelance fine arts writer based in Los Angeles.