On Sunday, Jada Pinkett Smith hopped on Twitter and wondered if actors who aren’t white should even bother going to the Oscars at all since Martin Luther King Jr could be reanimated to play himself only to be passed over because Eddie Redmayne did such a great job as Malcolm X. Since then, #OscarSoWhite has taken over Twitter, and more high profile black actors have floated the idea (with some speculating that Chris Rock might drop out as host) to the point where Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, wrote a letter yesterday basically saying, “yeah, there’s a lot of white people up in here we should probably look into that”. But wait! The lady who played Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air before she violated her contract and got fired (and was generally a pain in the ass before that) posted a video on Facebook. Please understand she’s been holding this in for like 25 years.
Well, she’s right. There’s a lot stuff going on in the world. But luckily as humans we can hold more than one idea in our heads at the same time. She can get the fuck outta here with the rest. I know you might be saying “WELL BET IS RACIST!” without realizing this is why BET has to exist in the first place, so I’ll give you a pass on that. It’s how you were raised. Not your fault. And if you think they’re whining, did you see The Martian? The one with Matt Damon? I saw it. It was ok. Matt Damon did his best Matt Damon. Pretty solid. But if you can sit here and tell me he deserved an Oscar nomination more than Idris Elba in Beasts With No Nation, or Oscar Isaac in Ex Machina, or Ryan Coogler who and co-wrote directed Creed, or Benecio Del Toro in Sicario, or you want me to go on? I’ll stop. I can stop.
I’ll stop here because we’re not here to talk about Carol, Joan and Linda! Tell Trish hello for me when she gets back from her hike.