If you are reading this, you’re not likely going to be attending the 2016 Oscars. In fact, only half of the 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be there because Kodak Theatre has a seating capacity of 3,400.
I know that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have begun a movement to get folks to not pay attention to the Oscars because of the lack of diversity but the reality for me is this… I didn’t see most of the films. I don’t go to the movies. I don’t even have a television! I am usually enveloped in the fashions that you can’t really escape if you have any kind of social media account.
But… I want to draw attention to a few things I’ve been thinking about…
Is it realistic for actors like Tyrese Gibson and 50 Cent to ask Chris Rock not to host the Oscars? Isn’t Chris Rock a part of the diversity that the show needs? Would they like for Chris Rock to be replaced by a white man?
I didn’t see many of the films but I did see a wonderful documentary about Nina Simone that has been nominated for Best Feature Documentary by Liz Garbus.
Here are a few other nominees that tell stories you may care about…
From HuffPost.com: During a segment about the ethics violations California Democrat Maxine Waters is accused of, “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” producers actually showed footage of another black woman in the news: Shirley Sherrod.
“OOPS…we so screwed up on this one and we are sick about it…” the blog post was titled.
“Right now we are trying to console ourselves with the fact that, while we did a doozy of a mistake, at least it was unintentional, we noticed it immediately and scrambled to fix it immediately,” she wrote.
To make a long sory short, Sarah Palin has a new show on Fox News called “Real American Stories.” The show will feature interviews with various celebrities. LL Cool J just foun out that Fox would be using an interview he did with someone else in 2008 on the Sarah Palin show…. and this upset him. LL tweeted, “Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palins Show. WOW.” Here are statements released by both parties!
LL’s Camp: “Contrary to what was reported, LL COOL J was never scheduled to be a guest on ‘Real American Stories’ with Sarah Palin this week,” a spokesperson for LL Cool J says. “The show had planned to use an interview from 2008 that was being repurposed without LL’s permission. This statement is not a reflection of any feelings LL has toward Fox News or Ms. Palin, whom he has never met, rather a clarification of what we have seen published in the media.”
Fox: A Fox News spokesperson responds, “Fox News did not commit to restrictions on its interview with Mr. Smith so therefore the network did not need his permission to use the interview in this program.” (Source)
Hmmm… I think I will side with Fox on this one. They do have several channels and it’s not like the Fox viewers don’t have a choice about what they can watch anyway. If someone would choose to watch So You Think You Can Dance over the President’s address on health care, I think it’s safe to say they didn’t care about health care in the first place.Besides… if they hadn’t watched the 3 other Fox news channels, then they could have watched ANY other network to see the address! Calm down Gibbs!