In honesty we must report t that we were no worshipers of thespians even back when they spoke educated English. We relied upon them to provide entertainment, not thought. Some playwrights provided though, not actors. And few enough playwrights.
But today, sillybreties carry hordes of followers in their twittering swathes, so the reality is foisted upon us willy-nilly. Hence Hollywood’s “mutual masturbation” known as “the Oscars” leaps to annual prominence.
The salient element recently was not who won or did not; it was a dearth of black candidates, a dearth automatically assigned to “racism.” by the usual suspects. The media slavishly signed on and the Academy thereupon announced a revision of the rules for the future. An implicit guarantee that Oscars would thenceforth be awarded on the basis of skin color in addition to artistic pretense. Affirmative Action has finally arrived for the Academy Awards. Among our species, such emoluments have always been political to a degree so this is nothing new, really. Dishonest and hypocritical yes, new, no.
Consider: Such awards go to a a small handful of the U.S. population now approaching some one hundred thirty million. We haven’t counted, but say there are a dozen Oscars for acting. Blacks amount to some 13% of the U.s. population; statistics therefore reduce a black Oscar to the same tiny fraction but applied to only 13% of citizens. There have been, we surmise, far more black Oscar nominations than their percentage of the population should expect. Of course, never mind that.
But this is politics, not reality; the omission of any black candidate this year is equated absolute evidence of discrimination. Recompense is required; a guarantee of future awards whether or not deserved artistically, at the obvious expense of white performers merely because they are a numerical majority, a condition used to convict them of evil apriori.
The unarguable result of substituting equality of results for equality of rights must be: Future Oscars will reflect less artistry and more politics. Why bother, but for political (and therefore, corrupt) goals? Actually, it may not matter significantly; too many movies are reduced now to the status of either political polemics or comic strips. The technology is masterful; the artistry, insignificant. And cinema is prostituted. But the Oscars will still boost ticket sales …