You might have heard all the outrage which the Oscar caused by nominating 20 actors who were all white for the second year in row. Dissatisfaction was expressed all over social media. George Clooney expressed his dissatisfaction as well. Other actors like Will Smith wanted to boycott the Awards. All because of the lack of representation of racial minorities and other groups such as people who are disabled, LGBT community, etc…
However, one did manage to say the truth: Sir Michael Caine. And I respect him for that:
“In the end you can’t vote for an actor because he’s black. You can’t say ‘I’m going to vote for him, he’s not very good, but he’s black, I’ll vote for him’.”
He wants nominees to be picked based on talent. Not based on race or gender or something which they didn’t choose themselves. Any person with common sense would want that.
I bet he got a lot of hate from those “radical leftists” because nowadays, saying the truth is not allowed.
This issue of diversity and representation of minorities is not only pushed in the Oscar. It is being pushed everywhere in our daily life, no need to dig too much or do excessive research to find out.
“Future US president should be a woman”
So that’s the only criteria for a person to be eligible to become a president? To be a woman?
This lady will make the worst president if you ask me…
I’m not American anyway so let me talk about my country. Here in Lebanon, NGOs, “civil society” and so on call for the “representation of women and youth in the parliament”. Well, here’s an unpopular opinion: our MPs should be chosen based on their merit, not sex or age. Or you’ll just put women there even if they aren’t qualified; just because they’re women?!
I’m not saying we don’t already have unqualified people in the parliament – of course we do! But shall we make it worse by adding more unqualified people? We definitely have qualified women I’m sure – but the main criteria for those who call for representation of women is that the candidates are…women.
Let’s leave politics for a second and go back to the movie industry. “Radical leftists”, “social justice warriors” and online “activists” keep on calling for representation of minorities in the movies, TV shows, etc…They judge movies/shows based on how much of their main characters are representative of different groups.
Writers of the ABC show “Once Upon A Time” get slandered a lot on social media and called names, because the majority of the characters in that show are – guess what – white. Except Regina whom those keyboard warriors call a “woman of color” because the actress who plays her role is Latina…even though technically she’s white (are they colorblind or what?), see for yourself:
Admire her talent! NOT her ethnicity or gender!
Why does it matter so much what the color of the skin is? The only thing that is supposed to matter is that the actors are professionals and the characters are rich in personality and have an interesting storyline. Who gives a damn whether they’re black or white or whatever? “Radical leftists” and fanatic keyboard warriors do.
And then they start saying “haven’t the OUAT writers heard of diversity? For heaven’s sake we’re in the 21st century!” Well honey if you have a problem then don’t watch the show and stop whining. Do you expect the show to add for you characters just for the sake of diversity even if the actors are bad (“who cares, they’re colored!!”) or the characters don’t have a proper storyline?
Or go ahead, show us your talent, make your own story and put in it queers and “women of color” as much as you want!
Let’s talk about the famous animation blockbuster, Disney’s Frozen. It caused many objections because “oh damn, another white Disney princess”.
For Odin’s sake the story of the movie takes place in ANCIENT NORWAY. What did you expect the Norwegian princess to be, black? Because to hell with history for the sake of diversity and representation of minorities!!! Some even wanted the princess in Frozen part 2 to come out as a lesbian…yeah right, as if there were openly lesbians in ancient Norway.
Some even started drawing Elsa as they imagine her if she were a “woman of color”:
Nice drawing, but… If you want an African princess I’d be more convinced if she wore an actual traditional Africa dress…this Frozen dress is too European…
Here are ideas for you guys.
And I’m not a fan of Disney but it’s not like they never had a “woman of color” as the heroine in animations… Pocahontas, anyone? (it got criticism for historical inaccuracy but that’s not the point here).
So back to our topic – what is all this about? Why is all this pushing for “diversity” which:
- contradicts history
- appoints nominees, actors, politicians etc based on things they don’t themselves choose instead of merit or talent?
Who benefits from all this? Is the Oscar some kind of an “Apartheid” regime so that they call for integration of “people of color” in it?
And most importantly – what do actual, ordinary “people of color” gain from this “diversity”? Or let me use the expression “people of third world countries” because “people of color” sounds racist especially when used for Arabs, because we’re white, and in fact some of us are even “whiter” than Europeans. Many Latinos as well are white (like the actress mentioned above) and it’s also racist to call them “PoC” just because they’re not as white as Europeans.
If the next Disney princess is black, how would this benefit black people? The US has a black president for God’s sake, did this improve the situation of black people there? Definitely no, it even became worse.
It’s like those “activists” and NGOs who pretend to be “pro-Palestinian” but all they’re busy with is begging Alicia Keys and Madonna to cancel their concerts in israel. Because once those concerts are cancelled, the whole problems of Palestinians would be magically solved, wouldn’t they?
The reason why this united-colors-of-benetton-type diversity is pushed by NGOs is that they want to make oppressed people all over the world (in western countries and in their own countries) be busy with useless pseudo-causes which won’t benefit them, such as representation in the media and so on… to divert their attention from the main issues which directly affect them: globalization, capitalism, dictator rulers imposed by western governments on third world countries, israeli occupation of Palestine, etc… and to make them feel like the west compensated for them for all those years of slavery and colonialism, by – guess what – diversity.
In short, this “diversity” is bad for the oppressed people. And for all people. And no, keyboard warriors, it’s not some “white male afraid of losing his privilege”. Middle-Eastern female here. We DON’T want this diversity!