Both Spike Lee & Jada Pinkett Smith have allegedly announced they will boycott the Oscars this year in protest of the fact that no black people are nominated. I’m not sure if it’s just “black actors” or “**all **black people” including directors and cinematogrophers, etc.
I thought about posting a poll with choices like, “I approve” and “I don’t approve” but it seems to me this issue is more complex than those simplistic choices allow. So, I would ask the following three questions. Please feel free to answer any or all of them or to just state your own personal opinions.
Do you think this is a matter of “sour grapes”?
Do you think there are really no black people this year who performed better than all the white people in their category?
To put it even more directly, do you think this is about racism? Is the reason no black people were nominated due to the fact the people who make the voting choices are racist? I mean, is the truth that these people just don’t like blacks? After all, Americans did vote for a black president. I can’t see how the reason for blacks being shut out is **primarily **due to racism. In the USA, how could that be the truth given that Americans voted to make a black man their president?
What do you think?
P.S. I wasn’t sure whether this thread belongs in Cafe Society or in IMHO and the mods may want to move it.