***Now as an middle class white guy I might not have the best grasp on the whole controversy and do not mean to upset anybody.***
With the Oscars about to begin I have to address the whole "Oscars so white" controversy that has lead up to the awards. Due to the lack of nominations for black actors or actresses many people have complained about a lack of diversity from the academy. There is no denying there has been a lack of diversity in the past with only a handful of African American actors and actresses bringing home statues in the history of the award. You can't argue that, the majority of award winners have been white.
But my question is simply this? What if there was just no black people who were truly deserving of nominations this year?
As someone who went to school for education I know very well how much people want more diversity with everything in life. I personally think diversity just for the sake of it is stupid, and that people who are most deserving of whatever the award/position is should receive it. If I'm getting brain surgery I want the best man or women available for the job, idgaf if they are white/black/asian/latino/man/woman/gay/straight. I want the person who is going to give me the best chance of survival. For the same reason I think the Rooney rule in the NFL is a joke, and frankly pandering, say a team has a guy they know they want to hire, why should they interview a minority that they know they aren't going to hire? To me that is more offensive.
Diversity and equality are good ideas but at the end of the day it should be who is the best. Do people complain that the majority of the NBA is made up of black men? They shouldn't, because they have shown they are the most qualified for that position. Sports I think are really the great equalizer when it comes to race because 99.9% of coaches today don't care who you are, if you're the best you're on the field/court/rink.
Did Cam Newton win NFL MVP this year because he is black? No, he won it because he very successful on the field and was most deserving of that honor. Aaron Rodgers, who is white, won NFL the year before for the same exact reason: he was most deserving.
Now I think, especially in 2016 if there are people who are deciding things that are holding prejudices based on race/gender etc. that they should be removed immediately. I don't think it should matter who you are. It shouldn't matter, if someone is better than you at a job they should have it. I just personally think the people are most deserving for things should receive them. I fucking hate pandering, it makes my blood boil. I don't understand why expressing that in today's society is considered a hot take. Sadly that is what society is full of today, people doing things disingenuously for fake approval of others. That's basically all twitter is now for example.
If one year there are 4 black and 1 white men who "earned" nominations for best actor than thats how it should be in my opinion. If another year its all white or all black guys or any combination of any group of men or women then they should be nominated, its that simple. Isn't simply nominating someone just because they are black or latino or whatever with no legit chance to win just as "offensive"?
To me I honestly think it is just bitterness. Mainly over Straight Out of Compton not getting any major nominations or Will Smith not being nominated for Best Actor for "Concussion". Especially with Smith's wife boycotting. I think it is just petty. Newsflash.... Straight out of Compton simply was not the best picture put out in 2015 and Concussion sucked. Will Smith didn't deserve a nomination and it is not because he is black. I watched that movie and it was a snoozefest, just because he had a horrible fake accent the whole time does not mean he deserved to be nominated. If he or any other African American actor or actress had done an outstanding job and deserved to win or at least be nominated and weren't then I would 100% understand the outrage. Could Straight Out of Compton been nominated for Best Picture? Probably. I already think that award is wicked watered down already. A few years ago it used to just be five nominees and now its closer to 10, so what does adding one more movie with no chance of winning do? Again to me that is pandering and stupid but to each there own. Just because there may or may not have been a ton of diversity this year does not mean that there never is or never will be in the future.
What really surprises me of all the outrage is the recent success African Americans HAVE had at the Oscars. It is not like no African Americans have won or been nominated recently, if that was the case I would definitely understand the outrage more. Lupita Nyong'o, Octavia Spencer, and Mo'Nique all have won Oscars for Best-Supporting Actress since 2009. Chiwetel Ejifor was nominated for Best Actor two years ago. Selma, the story of MLK's march was nominated for Best Picture just last year.
I may offend you but I'm sincerely not trying to, I've said it throughout this post and truly believe it with anything in life. The most deserving people should be recognized for whatever it is in their specific field. Maybe this year there were no African Americans who warranted nominations, I really don't think they were not nominated simply because of race, and I sure hope that that was not the case. I hope in 2016 and going forward the most deserving people are recognized for their success: whoever they may be.