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The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 02:59:26


Darth Darth Binks
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So I guess people are already boycotting the Oscars this year because of #OscarsSoWhite. Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have come out and said that they won't go to the Oscars because of its lack of diversity (meaning black people) yet again.

For starters, I didn't know these two people even existed until I did my Human Geography homework of relating news to the class, but that's because of my not being a big movie goer, I guess. Mister Lee has said that this lack of diversity has to change, which is why he is boycotting the Oscars. He has a smart enough head on his shoulders, saying that the real problem is in the Hollywood studios (so I don't see why boycotting the Oscars is gonna help). Then he goes on to say that Hollywood should be forced to have at least one minority try out for roles, alluding to the NFL's Rooney Rule, which states that teams need to interview at least one minority for head coach and other senior positions. He basically wants Affirmative Action for movies.
Gee, that's great and all, but how is that going to solve anything? There's a LOT more white actors than black or Hispanic or Asian or anything other than white actors. I think that may be why there's a LOT of white nominees in the Oscars, or am I just being racist, here? Even if minorities try out, they don't need to be picked if the people in charge don't want them for whatever reason. Unless Spike Lee means Hollywood should be forced to have a quota for minorities in movies, which could very well lead to a declination of quality of movies. If you need a quota for minority actors, then Hollywood is either really racist, or there aren't enough minority actors and not enough particularly good minority actors. I think it's a bit of both, but more of the latter.

And why do people take the Oscars seriously, anyway? Are you going to let a couple coots tell you who is better than whom? Leonardo DiCaprio has yet to win an Oscar, and he's one of the best actors out there. You know that blood on his hand in that Django Unchained scene? That's real blood. He accidentally cut himself on what he slammed down, but he rolled with it, smearing on the poor black actress's face, who later stated that it was disgusting (did she win an Oscar? I think she should have, because she rolled with it, too). But Leo never got an Oscar. And I'm not about to think any less of him because of it, because it's the Oscars. They always leave someone out, or don't give the award to someone we think should have gotten it. Quentin Tarantino isn't even a nominee this year! What's up with that!?

But this isn't what gets me mad. You can bitch all you want about a subjective ceremony not having enough (non existent) black actors. I'll get annoyed, but not mad. What has me mad here, is that Mr. Lee has the audacity to compare his stance to that of Martin Luther King jr.'s. A snippet of his Instagram post goes as such:

It's No Coincidence I'm Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. Dr. King Said "There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It's Right".


F*cking really!? This guy's bitching about a subjective awards ceremony warrants a comparison to MLK's involvement in bringing to light things that matter? How about this, Mr. Lee: GIT GUD, BLACK PEOPLE! how about that!? Is that racist to say? More so than the BET awards, dedicated to black people? Will Spike Lee be boycotting that ceremony, too? The Oscars try to recognize only the best. As I have said before, I don't watch too many movies in theaters, but I haven't seen many spectacular black actors this year. Am I missing someone? The only person I have heard good things about is the guy from Creed.

A message to Spike Lee: Screw off. I wouldn't care about your existence if you hadn't gone and compared the Oscars to problems MLK tackled. Using his birthday to promote your asinine cause, too. MLK was busy being a badass and helping our nation. You are whining about a subjective ceremony. Big difference.

Don't take the Oscars seriously, boys. Sometimes they get it right, sometimes not. It doesn't change the quality of any director, animator, or actor's work. Here's hoping Leo gets one, though (Studio Ghibli is nominated, too. But Pixar's "Inside Out" will win, if only because it's Pixar. This is an example of why the Oscars shouldn't be taken seriously).

Stay edgy and have a nice time.
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 03:09:34


Gen. NumbNuts
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Racism is such a lowly issue. I honestly can't believe we haven't grown mature enough to look past stupid stuff like this.
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 03:14:24


Genghis 
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What about bollywood
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 03:19:32


[AOE] JaiBharat909
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What about bollywood

I'm dying so hard. Screw you for exposing the real story of racism. TOO MANY INDIAN ACTORS!! Where are the blacks??

Getting more serious however, great praise to Darth for this post. A really sensible analysis of the insanity of this controversy. Affirmative Action is the greatest trap to be created for minorities in America. It fundamentally encourages our society to not only see race, but to use it to create artificial outcomes. Next they'll ask for quotas. And when quotas are not enough they'll come up with another system in which they can benefit themselves without actually earning it. What happened to the great meritocratic machine that was the US society?
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 03:46:24


Major General Smedley Butler
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If they're really interested in getting black people jobs and educations in Hollywood, they ought to start donating more to charities for inner city families and counseling for young parents. Since a sizable number of the poor are black, this should get them their goal while giving children and families of all ethnicities stability and food.
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 04:15:06


Eklipse {TJC}
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It's kinda sad when a civil rights movement that used to do spectacular things has begun reducing itself to attacking petty non-issues. Feminism in the U.S has suffered from a similar problem. We're running out of real problems to solve, so those involved in activism either consciously or sub-consciously begin inventing fake problems so their activism can remain relevant. Meanwhile those in power do everything they can to maintain the divide between different groups of people so they have more to manipulate with. Keeping racism alive benefits both major parties in the U.S when you look at it.

We could spend our time fighting poverty, fixing our horrible healthcare system, or battling against the massive corruption in our government. But nah, I think the Oscars need boycotted for not having enough of *Insert minority group here*!
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 05:53:37


Lord Varys
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^^

In all seriousness, Racism, for all practically purposes, is dead.
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 06:04:36


Benjamin628 
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Wow, rich people fighting rich people over who gets awarded for being the best liar.

Barack Obama is the best black actor, deserves an Oscar.

That will solve the minority "issue".
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 06:09:37


Lord Varys
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really?

what happened to all that, "Obama is Best!" BS of 9 months -4 years ago?
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 10:35:17


Min34 
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Leonardo DiCaprio has yet to win an Oscar

It`s likely he`ll get it this year though.
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 11:17:19


Pulsey
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Thats what they said last time^ :P
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 13:25:53


Von Jewburg
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Yeah Eklipse. I saw an article about "the sexual politics of Warhammer 40K", where a feminist whined about the lack of females in the miniature wargame. Female miniatures, not females playing it.


It's futuristic war. Nobody cares whether you're a boy or a girl, those demon aliens or hyper-intelligent guys in mech suits don't care about your sexual orientation. And girls aren't restricted to female factions last time I checked. I've seen a girl do pretty well against the owner of my Games Workshop with a Necron army, when one of his original customers failed quite quickly...

When I play Warhammer, I don't care whether or not my Space Marines are guys or girls (they are technically all males). I care whether I can get a good enough die roll to kill something, not whether some girl on Tumblr says my 40K army is supporting misogyny because I have no females.
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 13:30:45


Min34 
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Thats what they said last time^ :P

Leave my dreams alone Pulsey!
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 15:24:15


SirSalty
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The reason Dicaprio didn't get an Oscar for Django unchained is because he was outplayed for best supporting actor by Waltz who played tremendously in Django.
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 15:52:29


Onoma94
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Sometimes I think the people shouting the loudest about racism, are racist themselves.
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 19:12:37


Benjamin628 
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SOMETIMES I THINK THE ONES SHOUTING THE LOUDEST ABOUT RACISM, ARE RACIST THEMSELVES!!!!!!
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 21:40:40


Lord of Turnips
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I AM A TURNIP!



Edited 1/19/2016 21:41:48
The Martian Rants: The Oscars: 1/19/2016 22:04:37


Lolicon love 
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