NBC’s Al Sharpton, President Obama’s go-to man on race and the ring-leader behind the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown race hoaxes, is furious over the Oscar nominations and has called for an emergency meeting in Hollywood to extort money address the issue.
“The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets,” America’s top tax-cheat declared, ” I have called an emergency meeting early next week in Hollywood with the task force to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards.”
Because Sharpton and Obama never fail to work in tandem, the President is hosting a White House screening of “Selma” Friday.
Much is being made of the fact that the not-very-good Civil Rights drama “Selma” received only two Oscar nominations: Best Song and Best Picture. Also, not a single one of the 20 Best Actor nomination slots went to a black actor.
As is always the case with America’s race-grifters, context is intentionally being excluded in this debate for the purposes of a shakedown.
Over the last 5 years, including this year, 10% of the Academy Oscar nominations have gone to black actors. This is almost perfectly in line with the 12.6% (averaged over 5 years) population of blacks in America. The race-grifters are also intentionally ignoring the fact that just last year, a mere 11 months ago, this very same Academy awarded “12 Years a Slave” an Oscar for Best Picture. Moreover, over the past 5 years, no less than 7 films touching on racial issues have been nominated for Best Picture.
There is nothing I would enjoy more than to declare the mostly left-wing Motion Picture Academy racist. Personally, I’m shocked Chadwick Boseman didn’t earn a Best Actor nomination for his magnificent portrayal of James Brown in the biopic “Get On Up.” But I recognize that “Get On Up” was released over the summer and that matters. There also wasn’t much of an Oscar campaign behind him. That also matters (and infuriates me).
I also choose to recognize science, facts, figures, truth and history. Before screaming “FIRE!” I did my homework and discovered, much to my dismay, it would be anti-science to declare the Academy racist.
No one wants to say it but “Selma” just isn’t a very good movie. While there is much to like about the film, in the end, the story, direction, and performances fail to achieve the kind of emotional lift-off and release promised. We don’t share in America’s and Dr. Martin Luther King’s triumph over the evil of racism. We’re kept at arm’s length. That is what the kids today call an epic fail.
Here are 225 reasons “Selma” supporters need to stop crybabying.
John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC