Oscars’ lack of diversity?
Re “Boycott turns up heat over black Oscar nominees” (Page 1A, Jan. 19): Ever since the Oscar nominations for 2016 have come out, all sorts of opinions are flying around about the lack of diversity in the nominations. As a woman, I crave gender equity, as well as color or ethnic equality.
We’re all part of the human race. Yet I cringe to hear people saying there should be affirmative action with Oscar nominees? Like what? Creating a different best-actress category for each ethnicity? Mandating a minimum of nominations for each ethnicity? That sounds like dividing, not uniting.
The Oscars celebrate the best films according to academy voters. It really doesn’t have anything to do with anything else. Chris Rock joked about the Oscars being the “white people’s” BET awards. Are they not inclusive? How can anyone say they want equal treatment everywhere while practicing exclusivity in their own lives?
Patricia O’Neill, Sacramento
Irony in boycotting the Oscars
Re “Boycott turns up heat over black Oscar nominees” (Page 1A, Jan. 19): There’s delightful irony that the ultra-liberal, left-wing, progressive Hollywood establishment is being accused of racial insensitivity, lacking in diversity in their Oscar opinions, and being too white.
Now if this same group of Oscar protesters would just stop going to NBA and NFL games because participants are too black, lack racial balance and proper diversity, and do not reflect the demographics of the fans paying to watch these athletes, they may have a modicum of credibility in their argument.
Good luck on your lame argument, Spike Lee, perennial NBA courtside supporter of the NBA, which lacks of diversity. Hypocrites. Busted.
Let’s stick with those who are the best-qualified athletes or deemed to be most worthy by the voters for Oscars. Quotas or token recognition diminishes the value of the achievement.
James Stocker, Lincoln
Go ahead, boycott Academy Awards
When is enough enough? A front-page article about the lack of diversity in Oscar nominations two years in a row. Boo-hoo. Does anyone really believe this? Perhaps the movies and the acting weren’t quite up to the level of being nominated. Do we need affirmative action in Hollywood? All it has done is damage American society.
For the past few decades, liberal politicians have created this problem. I am fed up with all of this and I am sure I am not alone. So go ahead and boycott, Mr. Spike Lee. No one cares.
John Hein, Rancho Murieta
Dem nominees are ‘too white’
Re “The Oscars really are too white” (Editorials, Jan. 20): What’s appalling is The Sacramento Bee’s editorial supporting a boycott of the Oscars due to a lack of diversity. Could it be that this year’s nominees were chosen based on merit, not skin color? It’s ridiculous that skin color should have any bearing on nominations. If we are going that route, then Asians, Hispanics and Indians should boycott as well.
With that said, I fully expect The Bee to only support the Republican Party during this presidential cycle as it is the only party offering diversity – Hispanic, Cuban, Caucasian and African American contenders. The Democratic Party, on the other hand, should be “too white” for the editorial board’s liking.
Tom Klout, Kelsey
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