Monday, 29 February 2016

The Oscars & Diversity

The "talent" of the Oscar nominees this year, Rylance and Rampling aside, equates to what we saw at the Brits. I wouldn't cross the street to see any of these films, even if someone paid me. As for that gobshite comic taking the piss out of white people, the reason why black actors never get awards--and there are some brilliant black actors out there--is because such is the prejudice against them, aside from the obvious, that they are invariably denied romantic leads and usually end up playing non-charismatic thugs. We don't have any more Sidney Poitiers. As for the others, the reason why I switch off the likes of Eddie Murphy and Whoopee Cushion is not because of their colour but because they are Jim Carry-style annoying. There's only so much squeaky voice and face-pulling that I can stand. Give black actors the same roles as everyone else, and things would be different. The roles they get are mostly in common with gay roles and schlock horror such as King Kong. They all too often have to centre around prejudice, and their films invariably have tragic endings. Wouldn't it have been nice to have seen Jake strolling off into the sunset with Heath instead of having his head bashed in?

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