The 89th annual Academy Awards show aired last night, setting social media and news outlets ablaze. Like always, the fashion was amazing (depending on who you ask), the celebs were slightly annoying, and the online commentary was side splitting. (Thank you, #BlackTwitter) And while these things were to be expected, there were a few firsts last night that stole the show-and our hearts.
I wasn’t going to watch at first. I had made up in my mind that the Academy didn’t deserve my viewership. Really, it didn’t deserve ANY of our viewership…people of color, that is. After all, it was the 88th Academy Awards, and we were still having a conversation about the lack of diversity. We were tired. But ironically, the Academy asked Chris Rock, a legendary comedian, known for making crude jokes and pushing the envelope as far as it could possibly go to host this year’s ceremony. And while I had pledged not to tune in on Sunday, I just had to see it for myself. I wanted to see Chris tear the Academy a new one, LIVE and in color.
Since the Oscar nominations were announced back in January, the Oscars So White controversy has really taken off. Covered by the La Times, CNN, Fox News, The Hollywood Reporter, etc., the lack of diversity in Hollywood has been an ongoing point of contention. And now, Black actors, producers, singers and filmmakers are taking their talents elsewhere on Oscar night-Flint, Michigan.
Black History month is around the corner, and somebody left the gate open. Somehow, Stacey Dash has gotten her gag order lifted, and she’s back on television to troll us. In her latest rant, Dash insisted that Black history month was unnecessary and that Black people are being racist when we have things like the BET Awards. After I rolled my eyes as far back in my head as they would go, I re-adjusted them and watched her make a complete ass of herself on “Fox and Friends.” Check it out below.
Another awards season, another lily white Oscars, and more awards for people who kinda deserve them. And just like we all were expecting the Oscars to be as pale as the Brady Bunch, we were also expecting Black people to have something to say about it. This year, those people happen to be Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith. These two have decided to boycott the Oscars, and are calling on Black actors in Hollywood to do the same. While I completely agree with Spike and Jada, and I think the Academy is full of sh*t, there’s one little thing we’re forgetting-Chris Rock’s Black ass is the host.
If you don’t know who Spike Lee is, you probably don’t know much.
Ok. That was harsh. But I’m serious. He’s legendary. Spike Lee is responsible for some of the most important films in the last two decades. If you didn’t know, now ya know. But although Spike is larger than life to many people, he still has not been acknowledged by the Academy for his many contributions. Until now. Apparently, the Academy wants to present Spike with an “Honorary Oscar” this November. And that’s great and all, but the truth is, I have a real problem with how this thing is being played out.
Oh. The Oscars. What a wonderful love/hate relationship we have. There’s so much to say, and so little time. But I am going to try and do my BEST to fit everything in, and to hopefully, be nowhere near as boring as the actual show. Here goes!