#OscarsSoWhite trends as Will Smith Gets 10 year Oscar ban

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#OscarsSoWhite Trends As Will Smith Gets 10 year Oscar ban

In 2015 BroadwayBlack.com managing editor April Reign created the trending Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, in response to zero minorities being nominated for Oscars that year. This was the first time since 1998 that no “minority” actors were nominated for Oscar awards.

As it so happens, Will Smith played a starring role in the 2015 movie Concussion, and his performance had been roundly praised. Per the critics, he was highly touted to nab an award for it at the 2016 Academy Awards. But not only did Smith not get an Oscar that year, he was not even nominated. Just as had happened the previous year, no “minority” actor was nominated for a major Oscar Award. That it happened for the first time in nearly two decades was already a recipe for racial rumblings; but to happen two years in a row was the equivalent of pouring kerosene on the small but burgeoning embers. The racial undertones were already there, but the 2016 ‘minority’ snub soon became a full blown race war fought all over social media.

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Jada Smith #OscarsSoWhite Facebook Message

A boycott was called for by celebrities, led by none other than Jada Pinkett Smith. With a full head of hair, Pinkett-Smith posted a video on her Facebook page where she said in part: “Today is Martin Luther King’s birthday. And I can’t help but ask the question: Is it time that people of color recognize how much power and influence that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?

“Here’s what I believe,” she continued. “The Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose, to invite whomever they choose. And now I think that it’s our responsibility to make the change. Maybe it is time that we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, into our programs, and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called mainstream ones.”

“Begging for acknowledgement or even asking diminishes dignity and diminishes power,” she said. “We are a dignified people and we are powerful — let’s not forget it. So let’s let the Academy do them with all grace and love, and let’s do us differently.”

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Contradicts Herself on Twitter and Boycotts 2016 Oscars

If only Pinkett Smith meant anything she said in that Facebook message. That she didn’t come to that realisation at least publicly; before a “black” snub at the Oscars; that so-called black millionaires like her, can make a ‘black’ equivalent of the Oscars and crucially, reinvest those millions in their “communities”; is a tell-tale sign that these actors, no matter their race, are all puppets of the elites; and are there mostly to distract and mislead the ordinary among us.

That being said, her Twitter rant at the time, is far more indicative of Pinkett-Smith’s true desire: to get the attention and glorification of so-called whites. “At the Oscars … people of colour are always welcomed to give out awards … even entertain,” Pinkett Smith wrote. “But we are rarely recognised for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of colour refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment.”

She would follow that up by boycotting that year’s Oscars.

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Will Smith follows Jada and Boycotts #OscarsSoWhite 2016

Dutifully in tow of course was Pinkett-Smith’s husband and glorified guard dog Will Smith. He too decided to boycott that year’s Oscars; and in light of very recent Oscars events, this line from a USA Today article hits differently today than it did six years ago: “Following Jada Pinkett Smith’s call for a boycott of the Academy Awards over diversity concerns, her husband announced he’s following her lead.” (author’s emphasis)

In an interview with Robin Roberts, Smith said of his wife’s Facebook message: “She’s deeply passionate and when she is moved, she has to go. And I heard her words and I was knocked over, I was happy to be married to that woman but I appreciated the push.”

“There’s a position that we hold in this community and if we’re not a part of the solution we’re part of the problem,” he continued. “And it was her call to action for herself and for me and for our family to be a part of the solution.”

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Will and Jada Smith #OscarsSoWhite Boycott Was In Part Personal

Smith was definitely right to point out that not being part of the solution; means he and his family are part of the problem. Because they are.

Crucially, the actor admitted that his family’s boycott of that year’s Oscars was partly personal; given he had not received a widely expected nomination. “There’s probably a part of that in there but, for Jada, had I been nominated and no other people of color were, she would have made the video anyway,” he said. “We’d still be here having this conversation. This is so deeply not about me.”

Without question, the Smith pair, puppeteer and marionette both, were the faces of that year’s boycott of the #OscarsSoWhite. They had been the ones above all other, cheerleading for more “black” representation at the most prestigious annual film awards show in the world; not based on merit, but based on diversity.

But not every black celebrity agreed with Jada and Will.

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Chris Rock Did Not Keep Jada Smith’s Name Out His Mouth in 2016

Chris Rock was chosen to and did in the end host the 88th Academy Awards, despite being implored by many “black” celebrities to follow Jada’s lead; as Will had, and boycott.

Rock even referenced this onstage at the Oscars, with this joke “People are like, “Chris, you should boycott. Chris, you should quit. You should quit!’ How come it’s only unemployed people that tell you to quit something?”

And he was clearly referencing one person in particular, when with a crude joke he said it was easy for Jada to boycott when she “wasn’t invited!”; the comedian spoofed.

Rock also had this to say about the pair. “But I understand. I’m not hating. I understand you’re mad. Jada’s mad her man, Will, was not nominated for Concussion. It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for Wild Wild West.

Rock’s decision to host the Oscars despite calls for him to boycott; as well as his decision to make fun of the two faces of that boycott; clearly was not a popular one in certain circles.

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The Will Smith Slap Reverberated Beyond the Oscars Stage

Fast-forward to 2022 and Chris Rock was once again hosting the Oscars. Unfortunately for him, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith were both in attendance. Unlike six years prior, the Academy today has been well conditioned by the constant whining of race-baiters; to ensure the number of minority nominations meets the hitherto unspecified quota. Will Smith, not only was nominated for his role as Richard Williams in the film King Richard, but he was, like in 2016, a favourite to bring the prize home.

So 7 years into the #OscarsSoWhite movement, and six years since Mr and Mrs Smith lent their weighty cache to it; the Oscars had a black host; and more importantly, was about to have a “black” male lead win the prize for best lead actor. It should have been the crowning achievement of a movement the Smiths had for several years fronted.

But instead, it became yet another stunning reminder, that people who don’t earn something (no matter their race), never appreciate it as much as people who do. The Smiths whined and cried their way into an Oscar nod, and in one fell swoop rendered it a bigger joke than the one Chris Rock told that so offended them.

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#OscarsSoWhite Full Circle

To recall, that night, Chris Rock was yet again unable to resist telling a joke at the expense of Jada Smith. “It was a G.I. Jane joke” to quote the comedian. Lighthearted and harmless. But Jada was clearly incensed and with a stern look directed her husband (MK Ultra-style) to physically assault the “black” host of the Oscars.

It remains conjectural whether Rock’s refusal to boycott the 2016 Oscars, coupled with his far more scathing Jada Pinkett joke, contributed to Jada’s ire, and Will’s dutiful assault. What’s more symbolic is that they assaulted the very diversity they had begged for during the height of the Oscars So White movement.

Think about it. The very couple who most vehemently protested how “white” the Oscars were six years ago, conspired to physically assault the “black” host of the Oscars. Not only that, they did this on the very night Will Smith was going to win the Oscar for best actor. All the racial progress the Smiths had called for at the Oscars in 2016; was in effect undone because they could not take a joke from a “brother”. That slap demonstrated the kind of love the Smiths and so-called black celebrities in general, really have for the “black” man.

The Excuses of Women

Of course, Smith’s actions were defended by “black” women celebrities for the most part; who just as their non famous counterparts; always find a way to defend criminal actions and the men who commit them; while shunning the “black” man who tries to keep discipline and order in his household. Chaos is what they love. Not their race. And their defence of Smith’s indefensible actions, proves that.

Now comes the news that Will Smith is being banned for 10 years by the Academy. A light sentence, considering Smith should have been arrested for assault. But queue the liberal mafia, led of course by “Black Twitter” decrying Smith’s “unjust” sentencing; causing #OscarsSoWhite to once again trend on Twitter.

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Never mind Will Smith’s actions helped to undercut everything he’d said about diversity at the Oscars and why “black” men deserve a seat at the “white” man’s table.

The reason so-called blacks don’t have a table worth talking about is because he does not sufficiently hold himself and his race accountable; too busy begging for reparations to keep order in his own house.

That it was Smith’s wife who influenced his stupid and thoughtless actions, should not come as a surprise either. After all, so-called black men shamelessly brag about our matriarchal societies, and wonder why we are for the most part; enveloped by never-ending crime and poverty in countries where we’re not a minority.

The #OscarsSoWhite movement coupled with the Will and Jada Smith fiasco, should be a lesson to all; especially so-called black men; that playing the Hegelian dialectic game, only leads to disaster; and distracts us from what we need to do to become better as a race (races) of people.

What the Will Smith Oscars ban in effect means, is that the fallacy of #OscarsSoWhite has come full circle, being undone by the very people who did so much to promote it.

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