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Books, Concussion, and Cuba Gooding Jr.: Bette Midler @BetteMidler Follow The Oscars are today! You know, the awards show where Leonardo DiCaprio is "overdue" but black people can "wait till next year <p><a href="http://slagartehfox.tumblr.com/post/140222616147/becketted-pers-books-truthaboutspeech" class="tumblr_blog">slagartehfox</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://becketted.tumblr.com/post/140222214348">becketted</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://pers-books.tumblr.com/post/140221381189">pers-books</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://truthaboutspeech.tumblr.com/post/140220124408">truthaboutspeech</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://pers-books.tumblr.com/post/140167579259">pers-books</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>#OscarsSoWhite</p> </blockquote> <p>Were they just supposed to give awards on the basis of “ok you’re black, we need to fill a quota here’s an award”?<br/><br/>Or can we go based on merit and who actually earned it? The fact is the industry has a lot more white actors because the population of the country is mostly white, so you’re always going to get  a lot of white winners. It’s not racist, it’s statistics.<br/><br/>When the hell was the last time Bette Midler was even relevant? I’m not even aware of what she’s famous for. </p> </blockquote> <p>Wow! Where to start with this bullshit?</p> <p>No one wants a fucking quota. That’s not what anyone’s asking for. Yes, the Oscars are supposed to be about merit, but if you look at who and what’s nominated for an Oscar each year, compared to oh, say, ANY OTHER FUCKING FILM AWARD, you’ll see quite clearly that non-white actors and film-makers of considerable merit are IGNORED by the nearly ALL WHITE ALL MALE Oscars committee. So how come EVERY OTHER film award committee thinks there are actors of colour who merit an award yet the Oscars committee doesn’t? </p> <p>I very much fucking doubt it’s lack of merit, but rather the kind of bullshit racism you’ve just displayed.</p> <p>I’m a queer woman, but I’m also white, so perhaps <a href="https://tmblr.co/mOrTi51w21hwXHhob1QGMkg">@reverseracism</a> or <a href="https://tmblr.co/mTzoFCkjc22BN6Wa-hUGQDg">@fandomshatepeopleofcolor</a> wants to explain this better?</p> <p>(And if those blogs don’t want to get into this, I quite understand. I just don’t want to be accused of not staying in my lane and whitesplaining, but at the same time, I couldn’t ignore this bullshit reblog.)</p> </blockquote> <p><b> Or can we go based on merit and who actually earned it? </b><br/></p> <p>lmao I love when people say this kind of stuff because they’re basically admitting they’re racist because the subtext here is that they absolutely believe people of color are worse artists than white people, because there’s no other explanation here, otherwise. Seriously, examined the “merit” argument translates to “I admit i inherently think white people are better actors and technicians”.</p> <p>Like even my mother who is far from a social justice aware person understands this and was ranting about how people can be so racist that they believe this is some kind of <i>statistical anomaly</i>. For like 80 years. </p> <p>Anyway this person has an icon about Freeze Peach so no one takes this kind of bigot seriously. Don’t worry about it, <a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/m3-aJd2K0lkYXEXCh6vhpLw">@pers-books</a>.</p> </blockquote> <p>There’s so much straw here I could light the frozen wastes of Alaska on fire with it.</p> </blockquote> <p>&gt;“whitesplaining”<br/>And just like that my ability to take anything they said seriously went flying out the window.</p><p>Also “let’s ignore the Latinos and LGBT and the Black female president of the Academy because muh lack of diverseteh!”</p><p>My question to the people saying these things is this: what would you have nominated instead? What critically acclaimed black movies or actors happened in 2015 that should’ve been nominated? Concussion? Perhaps. Straight out of Compton? (and I believe that did get nominated for something) Perhaps. But other than that, I really can’t think of much. It’s likely next year will be different, I can already think of one movie that may be a contender (The one about Jesse Owens) and so we’ll see. Meanwhile in other years “12 years a Slave” won best picture and “Selma” received a lot of praise and several acclaimed black actors (Jamie Foxx, Whoppi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lupita Nyong'o, and others) have been up for and won awards. So just cool your jets, it’s not like there’s been this decades-old tradition of excluding African-Americans from the awards.</p>