Arguably one of the most politically liberal demographics in the nation, the entertainment industry has long prided itself for its adherence to everything politically correct, multi-culturally friendly, and well … just about everything the Democratic Party stands for. While many middle class Blue Collar conservatives derisively refer to the über-rich who frequent the rarefied air of the Hollywood elite as Limousine Liberals, many of the same staunch left-wingers in the motion picture business are about to find themselves under the investigative microscope of the de facto White House point man on race relations.
Officially known as the Academy Award of Merit, the statuette better known to the world as Oscar, is presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a slew of categories ranging from Best Sound Mixing to Best Picture. Yet as reported by The Daily Caller news portal on Jan.15, 2015, and also by the Business Insider via Yahoo News on Jan.16, 2015, a reportedly “fuming” Rev. Alfred “Al” Sharpton has taken it upon himself to investigate La-La Land for bigotry and racism due to no black actors, actresses, or directors have been nominated for any of the other major awards.
For only the second time since 2000, blacks failed to make the cut for Best Director; Best Actor; Best Actress; Best Supporting Actor; and The Best Supporting Actress. However, this year’s go-around has seen the Martin Luther King, Jr. bio-pic “Selma” nominated for Best Picture. Possibly proving that many people have quite short memories, last year’s “12 Years a Slave,” won the Best Picture Oscar, and actress Lupita N’yongo went home with the statuette for Best Supporting Actress. The film’s Steve McQueen and Chiwetel Ejiofor were also nominated for Best Director and Best Actor, respectively.
Nonetheless, the man who was ordained a Pentecostal minister at the tender age of nine, opened fire on Hollywood by stating “The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets.” According to the left-leaning Politico.com, Sharpton acts as Barack Obama‘s go-to guy when it comes to racial divisions in the nation. As Politico reporter Glenn Thrush noted, “‘There’s a trust factor with The Rev from the Oval Office on down,’ a White House official familiar with their dealings told me. ‘He gets it … ‘”
Sharpton has announced he’ll be heading up an emergency meeting of his eight-member diversity task force sometime next week “to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards.” Not done yet, Sharpton curiously invoked the memory of two investigated situations that found that police officers had committed no illegality of violation of official procedures, “In the time of Staten Island and Ferguson, to have one of the most shutout Oscar nights in recent memory is something that is incongruous.”
No stranger to controversy, Sharpton once took quite a bit of heat for his association with a predatory loan company named LoanMax. Appearing in more than one commercial for them, Sharpton sung the praises of the lending company by stating, “When I’m out fighting for the little guy and I need quick cash I find comfort in knowing that LoanMax is here for me.” What wasn’t mentioned was that the Annual Interest Rate for LoanMax is 372 percent.
The Reverend also raised eyebrows along with concerns if the preacher fully grasped the basics of the English language. While delivering a speech at New Jersey’s Kean University “White folks was in caves while we was building empires…. We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” Unfortunately for the community organizer, “astrology” isn’t a true science. The Reverend may have meant “astronomy,” but found himself caught up in the moment.