January 19, 2016
No sooner had the Academy nominations been announced than we saw an immediate backlash from social justice warriors via the resurgence of last year’s #OscarsSoWhite hashtag.
Liberals took to their favourite safe-space, Twitter, huffing and puffing that too many white people have been nominated once again:
Okay, so the underlying frustration with a lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations isn’t completely wrong headed, as I’ll get to in a minute.
However, the main argument driven by the Left is complete and utter lunacy.
What the Left are calling for here is affirmative action. No one is pointing to any individual actor in a specific film and suggesting, “that guy gave a better performance than DiCaprio or Christian Bale for such-and-such reasons.” They just want more black actors – even at the expense of other actors who may have given stronger performances.
The fact is – and I’m sorry to say – liberals yearn for a sense of moral superiority, which they derive from meaningless actions like Tweeting about “white privilege” and “institutional racism.”
But the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has nothing to do with diversity and everything to do with the Left’s Marxist agenda – now being driven under the banner of “social justice.”
I’m sorry, but having a group of people who think exactly the same way is not diverse just because some of those people have darker skin.
Diversity should imply that there is some discernible difference in thinking and ideology within the group.
The proponents of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag were for the most part the same people on college campuses trying to ban Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper from screenings.
They’re the same people who – I guarantee you – will protest in the coming months to have Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi pulled from public screenings on campuses.
You can’t claim to be for diversity while simultaneously shutting down conservative opinions.
So, if you really do care about diversity than I suggest Tweeting the hashtag #OscarsSoLiberal, and drawing attention to the fact that Hollywood does in fact lack diversity not in skin color, but in ideology.