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What I Learned By Watching The Oscars Tonight

For weeks now, social media and those who pay attention to the world of entertainment have been filled with talk of a “white-out” at the Academy Awards.  There have been hashtags on Twitter like:

#OscarsSoWhite

#OscarsWhiteOut

#HollywoodSoWhite

The hashtags and obsession are over the fact that all of the actor nominees were White.  There have been people on both sides of this argument.  Many saying there were good enough acting performances by Black actors that there should have been some nominations.  Who knows — of the nominees I only saw one movie represented — Creed.  Sylvester Stallone didn’t win and I thought his performance was good enough to bring it home.  Do I think it’s a problem that all of the nominees were White?  Nope.  Just as I don’t think it’s a problem that the NBA is predominantly Black.  I go to as many games as I can and watch even more on TV.  I love the NBA.  Some of the players are real heroes of success to me.  I never once wondered about the racial make up.  I simply don’t care.

Watching the Academy Awards, I did learn a few things:

  • The broadcast as not about movies at all, it was about race
  • Hollywood Is Racist
  • Those who believe they’ve been put into the wrong body and have surgery to feel better about it no longer have a sex-change operation nor gender-reassignment surgery — they are, in fact, having “gender-confirmation” surgery
  • Leonardo DiCaprio is a multi-millionaire actor who commands 10s of millions of dollars per film yet has a problem with greedy people
  • In 11 months of filming The Revenant, most of which was in Canada, they had a hard time finding snow because of Climate Change

Chris Rock

Now, I remember why I purposely missed this show last year.

Here’s what’s real – if only White people are getting opportunities in any genre of employment, I have a problem with that and I’ll keep my voice loud to ensure equal opportunity for all.  The facts don’t show that.  The problem wasn’t lack of opportunity, it was that people think there is a requirement that every race or ethnicity be represented in everything we do in this country.  That would not make this a better land.  That would only force us to stop truly seeking to honor greatness for the purposes of political correctness.

By the way, had all of the nominees tonight been other-than-White, it would have been perfectly fine with me.  I get that some of you don’t believe that.  Here’s something you really need to know — I don’t care what you believe.  This is exactly how I live my life.  Those who are exceptional should get the job, award, proclamation, raise, promotion et al.

But, what do I know?

Pags

 

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    Kathy Rupert
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    Amen! Well said.

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    John
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    The circus has existed for centuries. So it continues today in it's many forms. In old Rome actors and other members of the circus were barred from the gatherings of roman citizenry. So I learned nothing new other than the circus is alive and well.

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    Sheldon VonStonefield
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    and what was that ending music all about? "Fight the power"? Who chose that? and Chris at the end saying the BLM.. why not all lives matter?

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    Jon
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    The BLM movement........ If you look at what they are doing you could only come to one conclusion as to their end game......Segregation? This is what it seems the BLM want. The insanity of it all. I believe some have gone mad. How can anyone stand on a stage in a suit that costs more than I make in a month and tell me that the white man has his boot on their neck. DiCaprio has spent years working his butt off. He has been epic places in the world and made some pretty amazing films and he chose to talk about this? He does have freedom of speach. I believe it showed his lack of intelligence and any ability for independent thought. What these two have in common is they lack any substance. They have been encapsalated by the herd mentality. They don't have to take responsibility for their choices or beliefs, and it gives them someone to blame when it all goes bad for them. It is a hollowness that can only be filled with enlightenment.

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    Charles
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    Dead on. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who noticed "gender-confirmation" surgery. Hollywood liberals changing the language again to make it seem normal and acceptable.

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    Flic
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    Stop the insanity..........what it should be is: "NO JOB" lives matter. I am so sick of the racism going on in this country and how screwed-up this country is when we should all be coming together for many a reasons: homelessness, violence, ecology, children without food, GMO's, I could go on-and-on-and-on there are so many issues. How about the Indians'........there lives matter but they are living on mudlands....without food. How about Cambodians.....they survived the genocide...............CRAP.....I'm sick of this country and I hate to say that. Maybe it's this social media...666? There is my rant for the day!

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    Douglas T.
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    Chris Rock introducing the orchestral director to the audience, "I just did that so he can get laid at the Governor's Ball"........cringe.

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    Tamie
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    I concur with you.

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    Pamela Hall
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    My stomach couldn't take more than 3 minutes of it. The same people who didn't nominate any blacks turned it into a circus. It was nothing more than an attempt to further "divide and conquer" our nation and turn us into a Communist nation. I used to disagree with many of their choices, but could it be that their performances were just not good enough this year? It's the same mentality that says we shouldn't choose a valedictorian because it hurts the feelings of all the slackers. Here we are again letting a minority try to control everybody. Stop watching the trash and stop going to their movies and making them rich. I have .

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    carol
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    What I learned is that the glamour of the show is gone, about the same as I was when the girl scouts came out! While some made great comments about age, gender, and all races to be recognized. ..the show beat it down to overdone...could not turn it off fast enough! But before that happened, I saw young and old, black, white and others, gays and all genders in the audience. Enough already. What I learned is that I dont hear anyone having a tantrum because white people are not recognized at a black award show. If you think there is no equality, than look at your own self first, do you buy and read magazines made for one color race? Do you watch shows that are made just for one race, where their whole point of show is to talk about their race? If so, you are a racist....one of those interested in keeping segregation a part of our society.

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    Vicki Albers
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    The truly sad thing I saw on a comment about this on Instagram was some bleeding heart Liberal actual commented that all of them, every actor should take home a trophy because that's only fair!! The same crap their pushing in schools....everyone gets a participation trophy. You don't dare to be better at something than someone else because it might hurt their feelings. I wanted to throw up. To top it all off I read an article that one of the colleges was no longer going to call their top degree a "Masters" degree. I think you can all pretty much figure out why the pc crowd has a problem with that now. The world has gone mad!

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    Chuck
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    You nailed it

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    Marie Manshum
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    What I learned is I sat there for 3 hrs and got lectured. I'm certainly not a racist but I'm definitely an idiot. Oh, and congratulations dopes in charge of this hot mess. You have successfully taken any established race relations back 60 years.

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    Sophie
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    Thought #1.....I always thought that the Oscar's where about being acknowledged for putting in a great performance and winning an award for doing the best work out of everyone. When did it become about the color of one's skin? If you didn't get nominated, then I guess you might want to go back and work harder the next year if you want to win an Oscar. Thought #2.... You are an Actor ( Director, Writer, Song Writer, Musician, etc.....) you won an award for being the best at what you do...be thankful and appreciate what you have. Leave the political stuff at home. It takes away from your speech and your moment. Thought #3.......No Diversity at the Oscars?? Hmmmm.. A Spanish man won for Best Director, An Italian man won for Best Musical Score, A Gay man won for Best Original Song, a Pakistan woman won for Best Documentary, a whole bunch of Australians won for Mad Max....hello?? Thought #4......Joe Biden introducing a segment on rape? Thought #5.......The Oscars are done. Long gone is the era of glamour and style that was once the hallmark of the Oscars.....so very sad to see this wonderful institution be turned into trash. Might as well read a comic book...it has more style.

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    Cheryl
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    this IS why I listen to you, I swear you are the only man on earth left with any common sense.

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    BOB RILEY
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    I AGREE WITH YOU JOE BUT I OWNED A SMALL BUSINESS FOR 25 YRS. & SADLY I LEARNED THAT THE HONEST,FAIR,HARD WORKING PERSON USUALLY IS OVERLOOKED FOR THE EXPEN- SIVE,LATE,SLOPPY WORKER THIS IS THE MENTALITY OF THIS COUNTRY THE IGNORANT BAD PERSON IS THE ONE THAT GETS THE GLORY

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    Elmer
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    I guess I've not paid attention to the race of the actor -- I mean, I know Denzel Washington is black and Sylvester Stalone is white . . . . . but I can distiquish between red and green. Doesn't mean I think one color shouldn't have a place in life. What annoys me and why I don't watch the awards is all the hype on what everyone is wearing and how much it cost. I would get more out of the award's show if the guys were wearing a nice suit and tie and the gals were in a nice dress - even gingham or linen.

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    Jason
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    Hoorrrraah Pags! Spot on as usual

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    Carol
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    Stupid is as stupid does and says. Hollywood is corrupt and racist and a great big group of liberals that think everyone should love them and follow their lead. They are all pumped up egos and bad bad examples to follow. There are a few that have their heads on straight, but they are very few. The Oscars are not worthy of watching, haven't been for a long time!!

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    KDR
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    For me the viewer and someone of no color , why on earth would I want to listen to an uneducated racist bitch slap my race with insults for something I had no part of? Lets not cry fowl when Black supremist groups like BET or Whoopi Goldburg exclude whites from nominations. They throw the race card out as if it is an entitlement. Like Pags , I look at a persons sole and judge them worthy of my esteem. If what the point of the Oscar's was to demand afirmitative action in the academy, then let's do it in sports One could say that in sports there is a genetic advantage . One can say that as well as within acting. Chris Rock made a great point when he interviewed 99% blacks in Compton about who was best actor. All had no clue what the Oscar's were about nor did they know any of the actors or the movies were about. Why are the Chinese not upset or the Italians or the Irish who were some of the first slaves of the new colonies. Plesse dont try to convince any of us that you deserve more ir be treated better just based on the color of your skin. Europe doesn't have this bias. Why should we?

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    Jeanna G.
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    Very well said Joe. I actually watched the Oscar's in it's entirety..was not impressed yawn yawn. Actually was quite disgusted and shaking my head most of the time. Most of the actors had to push their opinions on the audience because they know millions watching. I found it to b political. Just stupid. In my opinion Leo was not grateful at all for winning his first Oscar..he just wanted to make sure the world heard his crap about climate change..that of which is a lie. Of course have to comment on the dresses the actresses were wearing..they didn't leave much to the imagination..very poor taste in my opinion..tacky. Again, very well said Joe.

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    Linda jones
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    I was disgusted by the liberal lovefest

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    ray
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    Best part was Lady gaga

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    Laird
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    Joe, I heard the comment about "gender confirmation" and made a comment to my wife about it being a Holly-weird thing! How about just saying the person is crazy and decided the Divine did not do a good enough job. Some surgeon is supposed to correct God's "mistake?" Someone in the academy needs to be fired. The "jokes" were very divisive and the "man on the scene" segment in Compton should have been considered offensive to everyone across the color spectrum. Holly-weird has decided to become the launching pad for the downfall of our country and they are doing a pretty good job. Lou Gossett, Jr. had some real class in his statement about how it was about the work and not the color of one's skin. I have always like Mr. Gossett and now even more. The man has class and shows his understanding of what is going wrong with the academy. I like the way they had all those previous "OSCAR winners" get up and present. I also think someone needs to take note the group of presenters was quite diverse and all colors were represented. Chris Rock should be invited to all the bahmitzvahs for all those directors and producers kids for his diatribe and ability to pump a "Black Lives Matter" into the end of the show. Racism is alive and well and it isn't coming from the lighter side of the spectrum.

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    Shirley
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    Next year when the black actors and actresses are nominated they can wonder whether they were nominated for there talent or because they were black.

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    Joanna
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    Don't Blacks have their own TV channel BET? All Blacks only on these programs. I find that offense since I am white. Does this mean they have to shut down the channel now? I'm not pursuing it but are they saying this is acceptable?

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    Tom
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    As a child of the fifties/sixties I lived and breathed "Soul" music and rhythm and blues. Listening to and dancing and singing along to the great music of that time, I knew the performers were predominantly black artists, and that didn't matter. They were simply the best. It occurs to me now that I don't recall any protest movement back then labeled "Soul Music So Black".

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    Glenda
    February 29, 2016 Reply

    Wish I would have missed it. Won't be watching in the future !!

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