Idris Elba, Ryan Coogler, Creed, Will Smith and Straight Outta Compton were all talked about as possible Oscar nominees, but when the nominations were announced last week, they pretty much all got a whole lot of nothing. Straight Outta Compton was nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Sylvester Stallone got Creed’s only nomination. Johnny Depp probably wasn’t nominated for Black Mass because the word “black” is in the title of his movie. It’s the second year in a row when people of color were shut out of the acting categories. Straight Outta Compton’s executive producer shit on the Oscars’ lack of diversity on Facebook, and over the weekend, Jada Pinkett Smith joined him in speaking out against the show. Even the host of this year’s Oscars, Chris Rock, called it the “White BETs.”
On Saturday, Jada tweeted about how people of color are asked to perform at and show up to the Oscars but aren’t recognized with nominations. Jada wondered if they should boycott the Oscars? And yesterday, Jada answered her own question and said in a video on Facebook that she’s not going to or watching the Oscars this year. Jada said that POC have so much power now and need to realize that. Jada knows the Academy can nominate whoever they want, but maybe it’s time for POC to pull out of that shit and “make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called mainstream.”
Spike Lee co-signed Jada’s words on Instagram yesterday. Spike Lee isn’t going to the Oscars this year either. He doesn’t totally blame the Academy. He wrote that the real battle is with the studio executives of Hollywood who make the decisions.
If Jada Pinkett Smith puts together her own awards show and airs it on the same night as the Oscars, my remote control is going to get the repeated pounding of its life. I’m going to furiously switch between Jada’s Oscars and the Oscar Oscars. Because I really want to see Jaden Smith’s interpretive dance performances of the best picture nominees and I really, really want to see Chris Rock roast Hollywood and the Oscars.
I must have been in line for my second helping of whatever when Spike Lee and Tyler Perry went at it, because I had no idea that Oprah’s runner-up boo and the real world Jiminy Cricket hated each other like that. But apparently they’ve been swatting at each other ever since Spike used the words “coonery and buffoonery” to describe Tyler’s TV shows “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns.” Spike went further by saying Tyler’s work “harkens back to ‘Amos n’ Andy.‘”
Well, you don’t mess with a grown man who can jog in a silicone breastplate and expect not to get some feedback. At a press conference for Madea Could Eat A Tub Of Sour Cream For Two Hours And You’d Still Pay To Watch This Shit, Tyler had some shankin’ words for Spike. Tyler is putting the MAD in Madea:
“I’m so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee. Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me, I am sick of him saying, ‘this is a coon, this is a buffoon.’ I am sick of him talking about black people going to see movies. This is what he said: ‘you vote by what you see,’ as if black people don’t know what they want to see.
I am sick of him — he talked about Whoopi, he talked about Oprah, he talked about me, he talked about Clint Eastwood. Spike needs to shut the hell up! I’ve never seen Jewish people attack Seinfeld and say, ‘This is a stereotype.’
“I’ve never seen Italian people attack The Sopranos, I’ve never seen Jewish people complaining about Mrs. Doubtfire or Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie. I never saw it.
It’s always black people, and this is something that I cannot undo. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois went through the exact same thing; Langston Hughes said that Zora Neale Hurston, the woman who wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God, was a new version of the ‘darkie’ because she spoke in a southern dialect and a Southern tone. And I’m sick of it from us; we don’t have to worry about anybody else trying to destroy us and take shots because we do it to ourselves.”
Tyler Perry has wigs that weigh more than Spike Lee (<— has nothing to do with this story, but facts never hurt anybody) and he was making a few good points until he compared himself to Booker T. Washington. Madea can go to hell for that one.
Somebody tell Spike Lee that he doesn’t need to go to the storage room to get a step ladder. I’ll gladly lift him up so that he can slap the glasses off of Madea.