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Oscars Are About Talent, Not Race

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Wednesday, 20 Jan 2016 01:37 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Here is the best joke I heard about Hollywood: that the Motion Picture Academy is racist because none of the nominees for best actor or actress this year is black. Your humble servant has worked in Hollywood, movies and TV, for forty years. In all that time, I have never heard one racist remark — from anyone.

The TV and movie screen are overflowing with black actors. The Academy has recognized black performers many times. They should. My experience is that black men and women are at least as good at acting as white actors. If there were great black actors, the Academy would recognize them.

To say otherwise displays a total lack of knowledge of Hollywood. Recognize talent, not demographics. To demand that voting power in the nation control awards for talent is a long step towards dictatorship by racial threat. To mark the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s birth by sulking and pouting and making threats to demand gold plated statuettes is pathetic, so writes Ben Stein in The American Spectator.

Ben Stein is a writer, actor, and lawyer who served as a speechwriter in the Nixon administration as the Watergate scandal unfolded. He began his unlikely road to stardom when director John Hughes as the numbingly dull economics teacher in the urban comedy, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Read more more reports from Ben Stein - Click Here Now.

 

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To mark the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s birth by sulking and pouting and making threats to demand gold plated statuettes is pathetic.
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