CAN you imagine that?? Kudos to Sky News for toning it down a bit from what I’ve seen tonight but BBC News has gone full on “people are wondering how diverse the Oscars will be this year”. NO THEY’RE NOT!!
Christ, it’s becoming fucking intolerable. Imagine the mindset of anyone either voting for, or just watching, the biggest film awards ceremony, not thinking “oh I hope there are some really good films this year with some great stories and maybe also some brilliant special effects”. Ohh noooo, but instead thinking “oh I really hope there are a sufficient number of black actors, directors and other associated artists represented in the Oscars here tonight!”. NOT ONE SINGLE FUCKING PERSON THINKS LIKE THAT!!!! Well, not one not working in media and needing woke points, at least.
Why in years gone by was no one thinking “you know what, most of the biggest and best films are made by white men and have white actors in”?? WHY??? Because NO ONE GAVE A FUCKING SHIT about the sex/colour/sexuality of who was making films or in them. Why…? Because we were just swamped with amazing stories, great acting, great special effects, great music scores, etc etc.
Oh, but Stephen, this is because all those black voices just didn’t get the chance to make amazing films that would have blown audiences away!!
Oh REALLY….? Well let’s take a look at one Oscars 2020 nominee shall we. It’s Cynthia Erivo for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in Harriet. So, after all the shrieking about “we black people aren’t slaves no more you know!! We are citizens in our own right with all kinds of stories to tell, every bit as diverse as white folk!!!”, what do they go and make a film about…? A black slave escaping. Fucking THRILLING. I have a black South African friend, and I can tell you for 100% certainty right now, there will never come a day when he would say to me “Hey Stephen, there’s this really cool looking film I really wanna see, it’s about this black slave who escaped her owners and fought for abolition – do you wanna come see it with me?”. Are you still wondering why there’s not really much of a changing landscape in Oscar voting…??!!