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Friday, January 16, 2015

Maybe they're just not very good

In which we are supposed to be very concerned that there are insufficient numbers of people of color nominated for awards given in Hollywood:
For only the second time in nearly two decades, the 20 Academy Awards acting nominations went to a group made up entirely of white actors and actresses. Among the notable snubs was David Oyelowo, who received praise for his turn as the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma.

In 2011, the 20 nominees also were entirely white. Before that, one has to go back to 1998 for an all-white acting group.

The all-white nominees list comes at a time when Hollywood is fielding criticism for not doing enough to promote diversity in filmmaking. And just last month, Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin were apologizing for leaked emails that appeared to be racially insensitive. Rudin was nominated this morning for producing best picture nominee The Grand Budapest Hotel.
What I find amusing about this is that while we're informed that if right-wing writers aren't nominated for awards, this is an indication of their lack of talent, but if Africans or women aren't nominated for awards, this is an indication of racism and sexism.

Meanwhile, none of the science fiction SJWs celebrated the fact that a Hispanic man and a Indian were nominated for Hugo Awards last year. In fact, some of them are still openly decrying those nominations. The racists.

Another thing that is modestly amusing is the way in which the SJWs don't understand the way in which a relative nonentity being given an affirmative action award when very young, then winning nothing afterwards, will be used as evidence against their accomplishments in the future. See the Sports Guy's dissection of Wes Unsfeld's MVP award in his rookie year, followed by a subsequent lack of honors, in The Book of Basketball for details.

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Anonymous rho January 16, 2015 4:48 AM  

This deplorable racism is, entirely, my fault as a white man. I only watched movies based on comic books for the past three years.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 16, 2015 5:18 AM  

Interestingly it is an indication of racism...Hollywood's.

When an actor starts out on lead track, normally he has to prove his chops playing bad guys. It's a necessary step in building an acting resume. It's the only way to find out if an actor has that impossible to define quality called screen presence.

Black actors never get those chances anymore because all the bad guys have to white supremacists.

Anonymous 0007 January 16, 2015 5:36 AM  

And the cure for this omission is to remake all the old movies using a black leading man(Marvel - per stan lee) or an all black cast(annie).

Blogger ray January 16, 2015 5:46 AM  

Wes Unseld? Warriors in four.

Anonymous Strange Aeons January 16, 2015 5:55 AM  

Maybe they just haven't sufficiently swamped the box offices with blaxploitation 2.0 -
Perhaps they could try some roles where the black person is more hip, intelligent and sophisticated than the white person, and is abnormally affluent as well as being expertly profficient at everything, but still tugs on our heartstrings as he struggles to overcome adversity...

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 16, 2015 6:00 AM  

@Cataline Sergius

Before you can be Bruce Wayne you have to be Patrick Bateman?

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 16, 2015 6:14 AM  

Starting off with the 2011 nominees, I could have sworn a lot of them were Jewish.

Jews bash whites about how whites dominate institutions such as Hollywood and won't give anyone else a fair chance. It works by omitting that Jews are "white" whenever they want to be and that they are the ones that dominate these institutions and favor their own.

If there's only so many slots a project can have reserved for people with connections but no talent, over time a lot of those slots will go to Jews. Which means, generally, not Hispanics etc.

You can make Gal Gadot Wonder Woman, but unless you want to film an utter dud, some of the other roles in that film will have to be filled with people who were hired because they can act. Often whites.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 16, 2015 7:00 AM  

...unless you want to film an utter dud, some of the other roles in that film will have to be filled with people who were hired because they can act.

And there it is. My brother was a theater director of decent repute before he died, so I learned a few things about the profession.

The biggest thing about acting is it has to be learned as a trade craft. That means a prolonged apprenticeship in the various acting mines. Which blacks actors are being denied because no one in Hollywood will green light a project where black men are anything other than victims.

I remember black actors complaining about that constantly. Sarcastic black actor: Yeah Momma got a great part. They gonna whip me Momma. They gonna whip me for five scenes. They gonna whip me HARD!. It doesn't take a lot a skill to scream.

And as I said there are no villain roles available to them anymore.

So as it is there is almost no new black actors in the feeder tray. Look at the biggest names : Will Smith age: 46. Don Cheadle age 60. Denzel Washington, age 60. Samual L. Jackson age 66.

Anonymous TLM January 16, 2015 7:09 AM  

The black storm trooper in the Star Wars trailer wasn't nominated?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 16, 2015 7:10 AM  

Take the movie "Selma" even the pussy SJW class will skip that one even as they praise it. Intergration is a joke these days, but PC taboos keep us from laughing.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 16, 2015 7:14 AM  

Correction: Don Cheadle is in fact a mere stripling at age 50.

Anonymous Donald Sterling January 16, 2015 7:22 AM  

Revenge is best served White.

Hey, sounds like a good movie title.

Anonymous Omar's Running Shoes January 16, 2015 7:27 AM  

As Roseanne Roseannadana used to say, it's always something.

Pump up the volume, I say. The more complaints, the more riots and whining and demands and random assaults and extortions and self righteous in your facedness the better.

Its like watching a child ramp up the tantrum until the parent has endured enough and WHAM!

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother January 16, 2015 7:38 AM  

I love how there's no conception that there might not be any black actors good enough to get nominated. No skill, just color.

Blogger JP January 16, 2015 7:39 AM  

Well, aside from Denzel Washington, which dark actors are actually any good?
BTW, Charlize Theron is African-American. She won some awards not too long ago didn't she?

Anonymous George of the Jungle January 16, 2015 7:40 AM  

Hollywood should institute a new Spirituality and Consciousness Award that kicks in automatically each year. The one and only recipient... Morgan Freeman, who seems to be the leftist vision and embodiment of God, in that he always plays parts that are All-Wise, All-Knowing, and All-Compassionate except when He has to reluctantly approve kicking some ass by the lead character. At some point over the years of this kind of casting, the role has become confused in the minds of leftists that he actually IS all those things.

No doubt the typical leftist is comforted by the feeling that, if there actually were a God, He would be just like Morgan Freeman.

Blogger JP January 16, 2015 7:44 AM  

No doubt the typical leftist is comforted by the feeling that, if there actually were a God, He would be just like Morgan Freeman.

Well, he did actually play God in a movie once...

Anonymous NorthernHamlet January 16, 2015 7:49 AM  

VD,

right-wing writers [...] Africans or women

Yet one, as a self identified ideologue, may be seen to place politics above skill, even where skill is still valued. Call it being ham-handed.

The other, however, need not self-identify necessarily as they explore the ironies and contradictions implicit in the assumptions societies place in their identities.

Generally speaking.

Blogger Nate January 16, 2015 7:53 AM  

hey look... a whole seven comments before someone starting jabbering about jews.

Blogger Gunnar von Cowtown January 16, 2015 7:56 AM  

1. It warms my heart to see all that self-righteous SJW anger turned against a deserving target, and an institution of their own.

2. Cataline Sergius sez "Black actors never get those chances anymore because all the bad guys have to white supremacists."

File under the law of unintended consequences. It's really a shame for many reasons. The John Milius Conan the Barbarian (1982) is one of my all time favorite films. A big part of it is that James Earl Jones was just out-of-his-mind-awesome as Thulsa Doom. When was the last time a black man got to be a villain in a major motion picture? Denzel in Training Day (2001) doesn't count, because of all the forced moral ambiguity. Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man (1993), maybe?

Blogger Nate January 16, 2015 7:58 AM  

"The biggest thing about acting is it has to be learned as a trade craft. That means a prolonged apprenticeship in the various acting mines."

***chuckle***

No. it isn't and it doesn't.

Acting is nothing more than adults playing pretend.

Anonymous Kennet January 16, 2015 8:15 AM  

Man,that's why I love your blog:


"Meanwhile, none of the science fiction SJWs celebrated the fact that a Hispanic man and a Indian were nominated for Hugo Awards last year. In fact, some of them are still openly decrying those nominations. The racists."

OpenID cailcorishev January 16, 2015 8:16 AM  

I wonder if they ever worry about Concern Fatigue with all this stuff. Every single day, I wake up and read about at least one thing I'm supposed to be concerned and guilty about. If I actually bought it, it seems like it would be exhausting. Even if I remained left-leaning, I think I'd stop caring out of simple emotional self-defense.

OpenID cailcorishev January 16, 2015 8:18 AM  

The biggest thing about acting is it has to be learned as a trade craft. That means a prolonged apprenticeship in the various acting mines.

At the Hollywood level, I thought it meant playing ball on casting couches. And to get really big, possibly a literal deal with the devil.

Blogger JP January 16, 2015 8:19 AM  

I wonder if they ever worry about Concern Fatigue with all this stuff. Every single day, I wake up and read about at least one thing I'm supposed to be concerned and guilty about. If I actually bought it, it seems like it would be exhausting. Even if I remained left-leaning, I think I'd stop caring out of simple emotional self-defense.

You underestimate the endurance of the soccermommyblogger. Her entire day consists of picking up and dropping off kids and feeling offended on behalf of minorites.

Anonymous Stephen J. January 16, 2015 8:25 AM  

Well, Morgan Freeman did play a character who was kind of an @$$ hole in NOW YOU SEE ME.

Blogger David January 16, 2015 8:48 AM  

It's always prejudice that leads to differentials in outcome that deviate from statistical representation within populations.

How do we know this? It says so right here in black and white in a journal whose name is "Science." You can't argue with that.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6219/262

Blogger Owen January 16, 2015 9:02 AM  

When was the last time a black man got to be a villain in a major motion picture?

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?"

Ok, bad, bad joke.

Anonymous Zippy January 16, 2015 9:03 AM  

Chiwetel Ejiofor was the villain in the science fiction movie Serenity. Which, despite the rather ridiculous Amazon Warrior Woman who weighed maybe 95 pounds dripping wet was a pretty good movie.

And he was a great villain! He embodied Heinlein's statement that nobody is a villain to himself. He thought he was right; he believed in his own cause. Lots of charisma; best sf villain since Darth Vader.

By the way, Chiwitel is a victim of the current trend in not Anglicizing names. I remembered who he was, but could neither spell nor remember his name. Had to cut and paste it from the IMDB. Dude could be a movie star, but he should have changed his name to something people can pronounce/remember/spell.

Yeah, I know he was in 12 Years a Slave. But he had a lot more fun being the bad guy rather than the Sainted Victim. "Do you know what your sin is?"

Anonymous NateM January 16, 2015 9:04 AM  

0007-"And the cure for this omission is to remake all the old movies using a black leading man(Marvel - per stan lee) or an all black cast(annie)."

Except Ms Hannigan, the evil orphanage manager. she's still white

Cataline "When an actor starts out on lead track, normally he has to prove his chops playing bad guys. It's a necessary step in building an acting resume. It's the only way to find out if an actor has that impossible to define quality called screen presence.

Black actors never get those chances anymore"

Not necessarily true. Will Smith got to play that Investment Banker in Pursuit of Happyness. They even let the villain Win in that one.

Blogger Chris Mallory January 16, 2015 9:06 AM  

"When was the last time a black man got to be a villain in a major motion picture? Denzel in Training Day (2001) doesn't count, because of all the forced moral ambiguity. Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man (1993), maybe?"

Because a black guy as the major villain/mastermind doesn't work. Think about Die Hard. Sure it had the magic negro computer expert. But which black actor could have pulled off the Rickman role? The Bond movie with a black villain was concerned with giving away free heroin, not stealing nukes or making all the gold in Fort Knox radioactive. Washington in Training Day was a thug who got taken out by more dangerous white guys. Snipes in Demolition Man was just a pawn, a white guy was pulling the strings.
Duncan did do a passable job pulling off the Kingpin in the Daredevil movie. Some complained that a black was playing the role, but honestly, I can't think of any B/C list white actors with the physical size to play the role.

Blogger John Wright January 16, 2015 9:12 AM  

What I find, in a grim way, to be amusing is that even the most supine surrender to Political Correctness does not immunize the appeaser from any additional accusations of incorrectness.

If one utterly surrenders, one's surrender is not accepted.

Anonymous Doug Wardell January 16, 2015 9:13 AM  

My experience with the left has been that concern fatigue is real, but they feel guilty for getting numb to it and "know" that they "should be" outraged, so they play the role. Since all they really need to do is look like they care really hard and maybe demand someone else do something, it's an easy role. That's not to say they don't care about much or most of it, but I'm convinced that for much of the left, at least some of what they say has little connection to what they really feel.

Blogger Markku January 16, 2015 9:16 AM  

Perhaps it should be a business. A concern office. For a monthly subscription, they are concerned on your behalf for any topics you want to be concerned about, but find yourself unable. The staff specialize on different areas of concern so that professional-level concern is always guaranteed.

Anonymous DrTorch January 16, 2015 9:21 AM  

The left should stand up to the attempted cultural appropriation of the Academy Awards.

And Sharpton's comments are hate speech.

Well, Morgan Freeman did play a character who was kind of an @$$ hole in NOW YOU SEE ME.

Morgan Freeman was the bad guy in "Wanted".

Blogger Gunnar von Cowtown January 16, 2015 9:27 AM  

@Zippy. Duly noted. I've been meaning to check out Serenity (2005). Wow, that was 10 years ago?

@Chris Mallory. Excellent point about Rickman. Anyone else in that role would seem silly. Snipes' character may have been a pawn, but he portrayed a fantastic violent sociopath. That should still count as villainy if not Villainy? I'll take your word for it about Daredevil (2003), as I can't stomach Ben Affleck unless he's cast as a jackass from the Boston metropolitan area.

Wait. What about Samuel L. Jackson in Unbreakable (2000)? Regardless, we're coming up blank for roughly the past ten years.

Blogger lordabacus January 16, 2015 9:34 AM  

"When was the last time a black man got to be a villain in a major motion picture?"

"Last King of Scotland," 2006. This also answers the question about what other dark actors are good. (Not that Forest Whitaker is the only one. See Fishburne, Hounsou, Sam L., Wayne Brady). There's an important scene in this film where the protagonist starts to learn about Amin's atrocities and accuses his interlocutor -- a British intelligence officer, if I recall -- of objecting to the idea of black self-governance. The audience is meant to reject, even pity, this PC naivete.

Blogger Gunnar von Cowtown January 16, 2015 9:35 AM  

@DrTorch. Wanted (2008). Was it any good?

Blogger Owen January 16, 2015 9:37 AM  

Serenity, the movie from Firefly?

Definitely worth watching after watching Firefly. Yeah, the uber-kick-ass chick thing is a bit much, but the point of her was that she was altered to become that person. Regardless, really interesting backdrop for a Sci-Fi piece.

Anonymous Culture War Draftee January 16, 2015 9:38 AM  

OT, but the cultural critics of Karachi (Religion of Peace wing) have weighed in on Charlie Hebdo. The verdict: machine-gunning the cartoonists in cold blood didn't go far enough. They want whoever survived to be hanged. Apparently bullets are reserved for schoolchildren.

Evidently, they don't feel any unity. Or maybe they're just upset that the Eisners haven't recognized Pakistani talent.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30848689

Anonymous cheddarman January 16, 2015 9:39 AM  

Vox in blackface could be the most awesome minority villian ever, IMO

Anonymous NateM January 16, 2015 9:40 AM  

To be fair though if you just inserted a black character into some of the other nominees it would be either 1 Distracting as it would add an unintended dynamic or 2) would be considered racist by the people who advocated it.

like in Whiplash.. who would believe that a black jazz musician wouldn't just punch out their conductor if he threw a chair at them and then raised his hand to slap the musician?

Blogger Nate January 16, 2015 9:40 AM  

hrm... also... one of the badguys in the series Longmire was a black cop with a chip on his shoulder. He particularly hated white sherrifs and came after the main character... a moral white man.

And of course... the series got dropped by A&E in spite of excellent performance.


hrrrmmm...

Anonymous jamsco January 16, 2015 9:42 AM  

"Another thing that is modestly amusing is the way in which the SJWs don't understand the way in which a relative nonentity being given an affirmative action award when very young, then winning nothing afterwards, will be used as evidence against their accomplishments in the future."

Okay now, that's what I call a sentence. Is it the most complex sentence Vox has ever typed? The judges are still out.

Blogger jaericho January 16, 2015 9:44 AM  

I wish Idris Elba would get more screen time. I saw him in the show Luther and was impressed. His character was supposed to be sympathetic, but he'd cross the line a little too much. I think he acted it well.

Blogger Nate January 16, 2015 9:44 AM  

"@DrTorch. Wanted (2008). Was it any good?"

wait.. wasn't that the movie where they bent bullet trajectory by jerking the gun and thereby putting "spin" on the bullet?

hollywood's ignorance of firearms is absolutely mindblowing.

Blogger Chris Mallory January 16, 2015 9:51 AM  

"Snipes' character may have been a pawn, but he portrayed a fantastic violent sociopath. That should still count as villainy if not Villainy?"

Snipes did a great job playing a crazy vibrant, but without the white guy, he was just an ice cube.

Wanted was pretty awful, a semi nude Angelina Jolie being the high point.

Blogger bob k. mando January 16, 2015 9:51 AM  

John Wright January 16, 2015 9:12 AM
If one utterly surrenders, one's surrender is not accepted.



you're only surprised by this if you're taking their words at face value.

once you understand that it's a Social Dominance gambit ... and nothing more than a Social Dominance gambit ...
THEN
the fact that they double down AFTER you subjugate yourself makes perfect sense.

because the purpose is NOT to solve any problem. it's to leverage that 'problem' into forcing you to acquiesce to something when the speaker throws a temper tantrum.

the entire goal is to keep others beaten down and CONDITIONED to giving way to the aggrieved.

this is what i'm reacting too with Emma Barnett.

Blogger Nate January 16, 2015 9:52 AM  

"
Okay now, that's what I call a sentence. Is it the most complex sentence Vox has ever typed? The judges are still out. "

His been gone to long. His italian is effecting his english.

Anonymous NateM January 16, 2015 9:57 AM  

I think Snipes played a Crazy great because he is, in fact, crazy. Read some of the stories about people dealing with him on set sometimes. They are hilarious

Blogger Josh January 16, 2015 10:14 AM  

On topic because nfl and games:

Vox, you might consider switching your fan loyalty.

Green Bay’s Board-Game Obsession
Competitive Juices Fuel Lengthy Rounds of ‘Settlers of Catan’ Among Packers’ Players


"There may not be a more unusual bonding tradition in the NFL than the gang of Packers who get together regularly to play a board game called “Settlers of Catan.” For the past two months, it’s been the talk of the locker room. The number of players that have devoted a long night to the game is in the double-digits—including most of the team’s starting offensive line, among others."

Anonymous Monkey Boy January 16, 2015 10:14 AM  

The characters in "Wanted" are supposed to be super human with super human guns, hence how they can bend the trajectory of bullets. It was based off a comic book.

Anonymous jamsco January 16, 2015 10:21 AM  

"His italian is effecting his english."

Quite possible. Is "the way in which" an encouraged phrase to use when in Rome, I wonder?

Blogger Bard January 16, 2015 10:23 AM  

"This deplorable racism is, entirely, my fault as a white man. I only watched movies based on comic books for the past three years."
There was black Iron Man, the Falcon was black, and, ummm....black Electro?

Blogger Bard January 16, 2015 10:24 AM  

Oh yeah, black Nick Fury too.

Blogger Iowahine January 16, 2015 10:34 AM  

Idris Elba - yes
Netflix producing more Longmire.

Blogger Krul January 16, 2015 10:42 AM  

TLM - The black storm trooper in the Star Wars trailer wasn't nominated?

I felt it, yo.

This Empire Strikes Black

Anonymous Blume January 16, 2015 10:45 AM  

This summer Jackson is the bad guy in the kingsmen movie

Anonymous Michael Maier January 16, 2015 10:49 AM  

Bard January 16, 2015 10:23 AM "This deplorable racism is, entirely, my fault as a white man. I only watched movies based on comic books for the past three years."
There was black Iron Man, the Falcon was black, and, ummm....black Electro?


Except Jim Rhodes (Black Iron Man) was in the comics for a long time before the films.

And the Falcon has always been black.

I really wish you didn't remind me of Electro in the newest Spider-Man... what a pile of suck.

The black Nick Fury was in the comics before the films too, in the now-defunct re-launched Marvel continuity.

Blogger luagha January 16, 2015 10:58 AM  

Morgan Freeman was also the main (human) bad guy in Dreamcatcher, taken from the Stephen King novel.

Decent book, horrible movie; but there is one scene in the book where an Army special forces grunt calls one of the low-level invading aliens a 'space nigger' on an open mike so the whole platoon hears him. And his superior officer, the villain, later brilliantly dresses him down for it.

And I was willing to pay ten bucks to go to a movie where an Army special forces grunt has to stand up to Morgan Freeman, as his superior officer, and admit that he called an alien grunt a 'space nigger', to his face. And receive that dressing down.

Of course, Hollywood totally screwed up the scene in a Hobbit-like manner.

Blogger borderwalker January 16, 2015 10:58 AM  

Ah, what a tangled web.

There is soooo much going on here. (This is kind of long; my apologies, but Titus' first comment, and one skeptical response to it, set me off a little.)

I think the current state of Hollywood can be traced back to the time when acting was a thoroughly disreputable profession somewhere between prostitution (lotta crossover there in most historical periods, plus it’s all acting in the end) and the lowest sort of lawyer.

By the time moving pictures came along, acting had (sort of) moved out of the gutter and into same bohemian category as some art, with a kind of respectability for those at the top of the profession. (Some here will remember recent episodes of a popular turn-of-the-20th century period drama where the master of the house is puzzled where to serve the world-famous operatic tenor her supper: he knows she shouldn’t eat with the servants, but doesn’t think it proper she eat at the table with the family and gentry guests. Or that the same master of the house is likely more scandalized by the fact that his niece is seeing a jazz bandleader than he is by the fact that band leader is black.)

Still, the when moving pictures came along, producers and directors drew on the existing stock of actors. (Early television was also dominated by stage actors, since most film actors of the period were contract employees of the film studios, and prevented from working in TV by their contracts.)

Moving on to the producers and financiers of movies and television:

Jews are culturally drawn to entrepreneurial moneymaking activities, and as social outcasts in most post-Diaspora societies for most of their history, many didn’t care if the moneymaking activity was disreputable, shady, or just generally lacked cultural cachet.

Some of the tribe were drawn to moviemaking for the same reasons they were drawn to things like high-risk moneylending, burlesque, numbers rackets, personal injury law, shopkeeping in economically-depressed areas, etc.

The Tribal network gave them a leg up to start, and relentless in-group promotion a competitive advantage. A few generations saw them deeply embedded in Hollywood, if not gave them dominance of it.

Other immigrant groups have similar characteristics, and a similar social arc, yet Jews dominate Hollywood. Is this an accident?

Without even getting into the historical record of which way most Jews leaned politically in the 20th century or the documentation that Hollywood was specifically targeted by the Stalinist left (and later, other leftist movements) because of the enormous influence movies (and later, TV) have on the culture, it’s no surprise that wealthy Jews dominate Holllywood.

Saying “Jews dominate Hollywood” is like saying “water is wet”. It is self-evident, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone who can connect three dots.

This isn’t conspiracist thinking. These are observable past and present facts, and thoroughly documented trends. Though a lot of people (especially in Hollywood) will pretend otherwise, the surprise is when anyone bothers to deny it.

Anonymous Giuseppe January 16, 2015 11:02 AM  

Nate,
"His been gone to long. His italian is effecting his english."
Given your grammer above, it is clear you would benefit from the magnanimous teaching of my Latin ancestors, since, clearly, the tabaccy chewin' n moonshine drinking has re-educed y'r a-bility to process long sentences. Your spartan ancestors would not be proud. Letting a full savage Indian/mestizo best you in letters. For shame sir. For shame.

As a more serious aside, it is a fact that a couple hundred years ago, those who had an education could retain in their reading comprehension, the ability to process really long sentences. I blame text speech, email and darpa projects designed to reduce us all to barely thinking biomass.

Anonymous DavidK January 16, 2015 11:03 AM  

After reading an article on it this morning I came to the conclusion it is just the usual sour grapes.

OpenID cailcorishev January 16, 2015 11:08 AM  

"There may not be a more unusual bonding tradition in the NFL than the gang of Packers who get together regularly to play a board game called “Settlers of Catan.”

Mostly wide receivers and cornerbacks, right?

I have a couple books written in the 1960s by Charles Goren, the great contract bridge player. He talks about stopping in the L.A. Dodgers' clubhouse and getting in on bridge games between pro baseball players. I doubt you could get them into anything more challenging than Hold-Em now.

Steve Sailer talks about how there was kind of a thawing out period for race issues in the mid-1990s when you could actually get some race realism stuff published, then the anti-racist PC lockdown came along and ended all that. So it makes sense that there could have been some black villains around that time and for a few years afterwards, but by the mid-2000s people couldn't even consider the idea anymore.

OpenID cailcorishev January 16, 2015 11:15 AM  

"His italian is effecting his english."

I doubt that, though it might be affecting it.

Blogger borderwalker January 16, 2015 11:16 AM  

"Vox in blackface could be the most awesome minority villian ever, IMO. - Cheddarman

It's not yet noon where I am, but I may already have my Quote of the Day (tm)

Thanks!

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 16, 2015 11:19 AM  

Regardless the Academy is run by a bunch of old white liberal guys.

They will be feel chastened for this and will make certain it doesn't happen again.

Leonardo No-Oscar-o may as well shelve his next oscar vehicle right now.

Look for Cuba Gooding Jr to take best actor next year for Santa Buddies 3.

Blogger borderwalker January 16, 2015 11:20 AM  

If one utterly surrenders, one's surrender is not accepted. - John C. Wright

Status in The Warren (tm), like any positional good, is a constantly-moving target. The definitions are constantly shifting,and the finish line always moving, and there are always five lights (unless there are five, then you must say there are four today, and six tomorrow).

Sounds like a sublevel of Hell to me.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 16, 2015 11:22 AM  

Shit, you want to talk about oscar injustice.

The Lego Movie didn't even get nominated for best animated film.

Blogger Josh January 16, 2015 11:25 AM  

The Lego Movie didn't even get nominated for best animated film.

How is that even possible?

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!

Blogger David January 16, 2015 11:41 AM  

"Chiwetel Ejiofor was the villain in the science fiction movie Serenity. Which, despite the rather ridiculous Amazon Warrior Woman who weighed maybe 95 pounds dripping wet was a pretty good movie. "

Gina Torres pretty much does qualify for Amazon status by Hollywood standards at 5'10", 130 lbs. Given how many male actors are midgets, she surely towers over 90% of them.

Anonymous Enlightenator January 16, 2015 11:41 AM  

...relative nonentity being given an affirmative action award when very young, then winning nothing afterwards, will be used as evidence against their accomplishments in the future...

Somehow, I couldn't help but think of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize when I read that.

Anonymous rienzi January 16, 2015 11:54 AM  

0007-"And the cure for this omission is to remake all the old movies using a black leading man(Marvel - per stan lee) or an all black cast(annie)."


"Amadeus" ought to be a hoot.

Anonymous JoeyWheels January 16, 2015 12:00 PM  

Perhaps black actors need to enroll here in order to gain a leg up?

OpenID cailcorishev January 16, 2015 12:02 PM  

David, I think the 95-pound Warrior Woman he was talking about was Summer Glau as River.

Blogger njartist January 16, 2015 12:03 PM  

@ Giuseppe January 16, 2015 11:02 AM
As a more serious aside, it is a fact that a couple hundred years ago, those who had an education could retain in their reading comprehension, the ability to process really long sentences.

Those of us who still read the King James Version are able to parse long, complex sentences: one even becomes adept at reading the punctuation; though, I must point out that I acquired a taste for such sentences by reading Edmund Burke in my teen age years.

Anonymous Anubis January 16, 2015 12:41 PM  

When Ice T was hired to do voice narration for a 25 page young adult short story they scheduled him for an afternoon and had to add 2 extra days. He earned millions as a rapper and delivering short lines on TV but this shows how much editing must be done with even the best blacks,he is obviously in the top 10% of black IQ given his success. http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/5/5384000/ice-t-records-dungeons-dragons-audiobook

Anonymous BioShock Jock January 16, 2015 12:57 PM  

Ellen DeGeneres had a moderately amusing line about 12 Years A Slave being nominated for Best Picture last year, “Possibility number one: 12 Years a Slave wins best picture,” DeGeneres said. “Possibility number two: You’re all racists.”

In the 21st century left wing Hollywood and the left wing Academy is still run by rich old white men. I thought we were supposed to be color blind now and not see race as something that matters, if that's the case it shouldn't matter one bit what percentage of what race lands the majority of nominations, even if it is mainly white. The lead actor and director of Selma seemingly did a good enough job to warrant a nomination for Best Actor and Best Director, yet lots of films just fall threw the cracks at awards time.

Anonymous Steve January 16, 2015 1:11 PM  

JP - "Well, aside from Denzel Washington, which dark actors are actually any good?"

Will Smith is a great actor. See Six Degrees of Separation.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is a good actor AND played a bad guy in Serenity. Pity nobody went to see that film.

Forrest Whittaker was amazing in Last King of Scotland.

I liked Jamie Foxx in "Ray".

To be honest I can't think of many more. Morgan Freeman only acts to top up his pension these days.

Anonymous NateM January 16, 2015 1:37 PM  

Black Acting School

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqs7857hksM They could learn a lot from those great white thespians like ryan gosling

Anonymous Jules L. January 16, 2015 2:19 PM  

Like other closed industry clubs such as the, ahem, SFWA, the Academy has long since buried itself into irrelevance. Most casual moviegoers could name multiple pictures from various past Oscar years that are better remembered today than the movies that won Best Picture. The same goes for the other major categories.

Nonetheless, it's amusing that liberals should complain about the voting privileges of other liberals.

Blogger scipio afircanus January 16, 2015 3:15 PM  

If you want to see a movie with a great black actor working along side a bunch of mediocre crackers, watch Blackula. William Marshall is very good. All the others are hilariously bad.

Blogger John Wright January 16, 2015 3:56 PM  

" His italian is effecting his english."

You mean, one is tempted to suppose, that the Italian influence has tempted him to render his otherwise mellifluous English sentences to which the rich heritage of Milton and Tennyson, not to mention the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon, entitles the Sons of Albion into the short, clipped, truncated and choppy sentence fragments, grotesque as dwarfish amputees, yet beloved of modern journalistic writing, and to that potent lure he has acceded; but a more judicious and insightful construction would seem to adumbrate that you mean he writes the Queen's English in the way it was meant by nature and nature's God to be written, elegantly, with apt use of dependent phrases, no more than as need, clarity, and a sparse jot of poetic grace might dictate.

Blogger John Wright January 16, 2015 3:57 PM  

And, in any case, you mean 'affecting' not 'effecting.'

Blogger Iowahine January 16, 2015 8:25 PM  

And "too," not "to." I done tol' ya, and tol' ya.

Blogger AdognamedOp January 16, 2015 9:48 PM  

Just include a "Best first guy to die" category for the awards.

Anonymous Too-Soon-ami January 16, 2015 10:13 PM  

David Oyelowo, who received praise for his turn as the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.


Wait, hold the phone. Am I to understand that the Very Reverend Martin Luther King Junior [pbuh] is dead??? When did this happen? Oh my God, I am ... just... just... words escape me right now. Oh dear, I have to get some champagne, hors d'oeuvres, streamers, party hats, noisemakers, confetti, some more champagne. Oh man, everyone I know is gonna be ecstatic!!!

Anonymous Discard January 17, 2015 12:06 AM  

Nate: A discussion about Hollywood that doesn't mention Jews is as dishonest as a discussion of violent crime that doesn't mention Blacks.

Anonymous Harsh January 17, 2015 12:39 AM  

wait.. wasn't that the movie where they bent bullet trajectory by jerking the gun and thereby putting "spin" on the bullet?

Are you saying that's not possible? My whole reality is shattered.

Blogger Joshua Sinistar January 17, 2015 10:33 AM  

This is the Left dying. Magic negro has killed them good. This shrill attempt at shaming White people is so dumb and obvious its going to just bring huge blowback. With Orange boy boner selling out Whites, White people are just sick and tired of this shit.
I'll be interested to see who takes the role of Hitler, now that Weimar 2.0 has died and gone belly up.

Blogger Jack Morrow January 18, 2015 12:25 AM  

Delroy Lindo was pretty good in Get Shorty, but that was almost 20 years ago; is he still around?

The real problem isn't that there aren't enough good Negro actors, but that there are so few movies that require any acting ability; it's all just noise, violence, special effects, and computer-generated animation. Gene Siskel has been dead for 16 years, and he was complaining in his later years that Hollywood is really run by teenage boys; they're the ones with disposable income who rush out to the theatres on opening weekend, and they're the people who determine what movies are made. That's truer now than it was then.

I recently heard a critic comparing the top box office hits of 1939, such as "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," with the top hits of 2014. He pointed out that movies then were about the human condition; now it's all about comic book characters.

I agree with Jules L. above; I can name the Oscar winners in every major category from the beginning through 2001--and almost none since.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 18, 2015 9:41 AM  

Jack Morrow: "The real problem isn't that there aren't enough good Negro actors, but that there are so few movies that require any acting ability; it's all just noise, violence, special effects, and computer-generated animation."

The only way for Hollywood to make movies that are not so in-your-face politically correct that they are intolerable is to omit messages in favor of crashes.

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