Rod Liddle

I hate to admit it, but Spike Lee is right about the Oscars and racism

But then all the best actors are ignored, regardless of race. The Academy Awards committee prefers third-rate ones

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

In 2017 it will be exactly 50 years since a dapper Sidney Poitier announced to Rod Steiger, in the excellent film In The Heat of the Night: ‘They call me Mr Tibbs!’ Rod Steiger, playing a somewhat right-of-centre sheriff of a small town in Mississippi had hitherto been disposed to refer to Poitier — a senior policeman on his way home to Philadelphia — as ‘boy’, if you recall. I say the film was excellent, but the plotting was flawed, convoluted and unconvincing. The pleasure was to be gained instead from decent dialogue, a very good soundtrack and, most of all, the terrific performances of its two central stars.

At the time it was regarded as a sort of breakthrough — how wonderful to see Holly-wood confronting those hot issues of segregation and racism in the Deep South, as it never had done before! Other voices were more sceptical, thinking the southern states an easy and convenient target when there was plenty of racism, and consequent riots, in the supposedly civilised states north of the Mason-Dixon Line. One such sceptic was the magnificent Mr Steiger himself: ‘A very nice film and a very good film, and yes, I think it’s good to see a black man and a white man working together… but it’s not going to take the tension out of New York City. It’s not going to stop the riots in Chicago,’ he remarked.

Indeed, the Oscars committee the following year seemed wholly unmoved by the underlying message of the film. They lavished praise and awards upon it, for sure — there was a wholly deserved Academy Award for Steiger, as well as one each for the producer, the film editor, the screenplay writer and the bloke who did the sound. And nominations, but no award, for the director, Norman Jewison and the sound editor. Sidney Poitier did not even receive a nomination. Nor was the black musician Quincy Jones nominated for his brilliant soundtrack. Best soundtrack that year went to the god-awful Thoroughly Modern Millie. Quincy’s quickly tossed-off redneck country parody, ‘Foul Owl on the Prowl’ alone was better than anything in Millie.


But it seems that not much has changed in 50 years, as far as the Academy Awards are concerned. In the first 50 years of the Academy Awards, beginning in 1929, only two black American actors won Oscars — including Poitier for Lilies of the Field. Since then things have picked up, but only a little. There have been Academy Awards for a total of 11 black American actors in the last 37 years and only about 40 nominations. And in the last two years not a single black face has even been nominated.

You might begin to see, then, why black Americans are a little disdainful of the Academy Awards, or even angry. The director Spike Lee has announced that he will be boycotting the awards (yep, he missed out this year, as you might have guessed) and so too has the actress Jada Pinkett Smith (Will Smith’s missus). And of course the Reverend Al Sharpton has got in on the act, as you might imagine he would. He described the Academy Awards as being like the Rocky Mountains — always white at the top. It grieves me to say it, but perhaps for the first time, this perpetually thuggish Harlem agitator might have a decent point.

Lee, and others, have demanded that those who make the nominations be drawn from a slightly more diverse demographic: they are 94 per cent white and 86 per cent aged over 50. This brings us into troubled and swirling waters: for what reason would black Americans choose more black actors for nominations, other than a racial bias on their own part? In fact, the African American Film Critics Association has already named its best film of 2015: the almost entirely black-casted Straight Outta Compton. Really, bro? It reminds me of that scene from In The Heat of the Night when a seething Poitier tells Steiger he wants to ‘bring down’ the racist white cotton farmer, bring him down at all costs, regardless of the evidence. ‘Why, you just the same as us,’ Steiger’s white sheriff replies with glee, as if the thought had never previously occurred.

From the political right there has been the usual caustic and spiteful rhetoric. Take this, from the blog ‘American Thinker’: ‘But Academy Awards aside, I also have to wonder if Spike Lee will boycott the Nobel Prize. After all, there has been exactly one black Nobel laureate in economics and exactly zero in sciences. If that isn’t racism, what is? And perhaps he will want to boycott the Democratic party, which has only one black senator and exactly zero black governors.’

And there is at least half a point to that nasty riposte. Acting is one of the few top professions where African-Americans actually do punch their weight, even if the rewards are not always forthcoming. That they do not do so in other top professions is perhaps partly a consequence of plain and simple discrimination, but partly also a culture which does not value academic achievement as much as it should. This may account for the almost total absence of African-Americans from the Academy Awards for work carried out behind the camera — the sound technicians, the editors, the directors (except for ol’ Spike, natch), the cameramen. That’s a societal problem, not a Holly-wood problem.

Still, at least black Americans can console themselves that they are not alone in being shunned by the Academy Awards. Almost all of the top actors are likewise ignored, regardless of their race. The Oscars usually go to third-rate actors from huge-budget third-rate films. Those cretins who do the nominating are swayed by the glutinously sentimental, the overblown epic, the vacuously feelgood, the imbecilic right-on political values stapled to the banal glossy dross. There’s a case for saying African-Americans are best off out of it.

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  • MikeH

    In the words of The Office’s David Brent:

    See that film last night? Denzil Washington?
    – No.
    – He’s a brilliant actor.
    – He’s very good.
    – Oh, dear.
    – I like him.
    – He’s great.
    – See you later.
    – See you later.
    – He’s not my favourite actor of all time.
    – No?
    – No.
    My favourite actor of all time
    is Mr Sidney Poitier.

    • Fencesitter

      Denzel.

      • MikeH

        The perils of ‘copy and paste’. Corrected.

      • greencoat

        Denzel Poitier? Now he is good.

  • ohforheavensake

    The thing I like about this is that you can tell exactly when Mr Liddle’s alcohol consumption overwhelmed him. Up to the end of the second-last paragraph, we’re going fine: and then the booze kicks in.

    • The_greyhound

      Whereas there’s nothing to like about your own contributions – the bigoted rants of a very small mind, peevish, bitter, snobbish and poorly informed..

      • hepworth

        He’s a Leftist. Your description applies to all of them.

        • Leon Wolfeson

          Ah, PC bigotry. Right.

      • polidorisghost

        You’ve summed him up rather well

    • polidorisghost

      What The_greyhound said

  • WFC

    So … who should have been nominated this year, instead of who?

    • IainRMuir

      My thoughts exactly. Nobody wants to go that far.

  • davidofkent

    Does anybody expect anything serious from Hollywood?

  • King Kibbutz

    Why do any of these people need awards?

  • Tamerlane

    So the answer is to nominate a couple of token black people to keep agitators content? Ain’t that a bit…well…racist? And what about the deserving non-blacks kicked off the nominations list to appease the angry mob? And what about those poor Asians? Where are the Asian nominees? Do Asians trumps whites? And Hispanics? Is there a hierarchy we should employ to appease the agitators? Perhaps we should throw talent to the four winds and focus on appeasing the angriest mob.
    Silly. Silly.

    • GraveDave

      Why so P-C – just ask for a pot of N—- r Brown’. .
      Might be about fifteen years out of date though .
      So ask for a discount.

    • Leon Wolfeson

      No, bigotry is far from silly – it’s discriminatory. But details.

      As you mention your angry mob…

      • Tamerlane

        You have evidence the Oscar nominations were the product of discrimination? Well what are you doing here? Get out there Leon, show it to the world, don’t just loiter around here begging for attention with the likes of me. Get over to LA, stand proud before the world’s media and prove it once and for all…

        No? Don’t fancy it because you have no proof? Details indeed.

        • Leon Wolfeson

          So you’re whining without reading.

          • Tamerlane

            So you have evidence? Tap tap…waiting… but reality…you don’t. Aw.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So you didn’t read, right, as you claim hate is reality, right, no waiting, straight to hate,

          • Tamerlane

            And your evidence is? Ah, you have none. Aw, details.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Right, the detail of you not wanting an answer, as you clearly don’t care, preferring your politically correct hate.

            Never mind you didn’t even bother reading my post, Angry Mob Man.

          • Tamerlane

            And your evidence is?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            “but reality…you don’t”
            ” Ah, you have none”

            You twice made it very clear you were not interested in any answer or data, just in upholding your beloved bigotry and discrimination.

            There, evidence.
            You’re now going to throw a hissy fit, claim it’s irrelevant, etc.

          • Tamerlane

            So your evidence?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            And I was right.

          • Tamerlane

            And your evidence?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Keep rejoicing in people being stabbed for their religion.

          • Tamerlane

            Is that your evidence?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Your post is indeed evidence for that, and you continue to provide it.

            If someone with your political views was stabbed, now…

          • Tamerlane

            My post is evidence the Oscars are rigged against black people? Interesting.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            No, it’s evidence for what I actually said you did. But details!

            I mean, you evidently haven’t read my posts…

          • Tamerlane

            Well yes details indeed, think you’ll find if you take my posts to Columbo and say to him ‘hot dang it Columbo I’ve got proof they’re all prejudiced over at the Academy, see, look, I’ve tried to move the goal posts to try and wriggle myself out of the hole I dug for myself but let’s just say this is proof at last from this individual on Disqus… please, please let it be proof I’ve made a big enough fool of myself already.’

            Oh Leon…Columbo will chew on that cigar of his, wince a little, pull that smoky smirk and definitely have just one more question for yah!

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So you’re going on about something else, right, as you admit your goalpost moving. Thanks for admitting your hole-digging though, as you clearly didn’t read what I actually posted and have provided repeated evidence for your selective caring about crime since.

            And…er…do you fantasize about the Columbo in your head a lot?

          • Tamerlane

            That’s your evidence of Academy prejudice?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Nope, it’s my evidence of what I said you did.

          • Tamerlane

            Right. And your evidence of Academy discrimination is what?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            …Oh, still on a different topic, I see. Anything to cover up…

          • Tamerlane

            So that is the evidence for an Academy policy of discrimination is it now Leon?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So you still won’t read…

          • Tamerlane

            Now, is that your evidence?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Your refusal to read is indeed evidence. Of what I actually said, not your fantasies.

          • Tamerlane

            That’s your evidence of Academy bias?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            There’s your refusal to read, proving my point.
            Your fantasies are yours.

          • Tamerlane

            I’m sure they are, now where’s the evidence you claim?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            In your posts. Right where they always were.

          • Tamerlane

            Uh huh, so my posts are evidence of Academy bias in the awards process? You must forward this to the appropriate people and let the world know you finally have that proof, otherwise some people might start to think you make it up as you go along.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Nope, they’re evidence of what I said, not about your fantasies.
            Your constant whining about your fantasies, which proves your refusal to read other people’s posts…

          • Tamerlane

            Is that proof of the Academy’s bias now? Are we there yet? Or are you still trying to wriggle off your own hook? Keep it up.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            The “hook” you’re trying to attack me with, based off your fantasies, which are because you never read my post…

          • Tamerlane

            Your hook, not mine, you created it through your own stupidity.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Ah, so you say the hook in your imagination, as you accuse me of being stupid because you didn’t read my post and have engaged in a hate fantasy based on said imagination.

          • Tamerlane

            So is that your evidence of Academy prejudice with which you’re going to shock the world?

  • JOhn Mackie

    I think Rod is forgetting that Hollywood is a totally Jewish cultural phenomena. With all that implies.

    • carl jacobs

      We could find you a convenient rock, in case you are missing one to crawl under.

      • hepworth

        He’s stating a fact.

        • carl jacobs

          And what “fact” would he be implying when he says “With all that implies.”

          • hepworth

            “Hollywood is a totally Jewish cultural phenomena”.
            that’s the fact as for the rest, you are better qualified to answer that Mr Jacobs.

          • Uncle Brian

            Here we go again! Of course, anyone called “Mr. Jacobs” who posts a comment about the Jewish influence in Hollywood can only be motivated by …

          • carl jacobs

            … The World Wide international Jewish Conspiracy to Rule the World!

          • Paper tiger

            Well it isn’t a fact, but your intent is obvious.

          • carl jacobs

            as for the rest, you are better qualified to answer that Mr Jacobs.

            I love it when people make that mistake. In the first place, I am Protestant. In the second place, I am an American and that means I know my ancestry. Virtually all of my ancestors are from Sweden and Germany. I’m so “aryan” it hurts.

            So, no, I’m not better qualified to answer my question. What did he mean to imply when he said “With all that implies.”. Or should I just assume the obvious?

          • JCinUSA

            They look after their own – simples.

          • carl jacobs

            So do I. So does everybody else for that matter. Do you not understand that there are things I would do for my children that I wouldn’t do for yours? What has this to do with anything?

          • JCinUSA

            You asked what was implied. I answered. Why are you then arguing whether that implication is fair or not, assuming I believe it is? Do you always make such assumptions? I’m afraid I’m left assuming you’re a bit thick.

          • carl jacobs

            Because that wasn’t what he implied. He implied some characteristic that was unique to Jews.. You responded by asserting that he was referring to a common feature of all men. That answer doesn’t fit the data. If that was the whole of his implication, then the presence of Jews in Hollywood wouldn’t matter, now would it.

          • Maureen Fisher

            Well they have to as nobody else would.

          • fojap

            I’m not Jewish either, and I honestly don’t know what that implies. I’m sort of scratching my head about that.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Come now, it’s quite clear from reading it.

          • carl jacobs

            You are correct, of course. But a good cross-examiner never asks a question unless he already knows the answer.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            …You’re being far kinder to him than I would be.

          • carl jacobs

            The first post was a sleazy back-handed anti-Semitic jab which could be paraphrased as “Jews in Hollywood! You know what that means.” It intentionally left the (imagined) consequences as an exercise for the imagination of the reader. The author didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to explicitly state any consequences. I reasoned that he omitted them because he thought they would sound ignorant. Better to let the reader silently insert his own, because the reader will not accuse himself of ignorance. That’s why I tried to force out an explicit statement. What he seeks to hide, I seek to expose. They would either start talking about dark Jewish conspiracies to destroy white Christian America by making (an interminable stream of) Marvel superhero comic book movies, or they would hedge.

            Either way, the reader would see it for what it is.

    • Michael Gooding

      Phenomenon.

  • carl jacobs

    Hollywood makes so little worth watching these days, why bother with the awards at all.

  • James Chilton

    The only ‘fair’ option is to dish out Oscars on the basis of ‘diversity’. Every ethnic minority is entitled to an Oscar, and let there be no damn merit in the thing. Everybody has won and all must have prizes. What’s wrong with that?

    • zhu jiang

      sounds exactly like the modern day school system

      • WTF?

        Yes I was going to add blacks get everything else based on quotas. You ever try to get a job in any major American city where blacks have gotten in? It is not going to happen. They run city and county governments into the ground with corruption, racism, stupidity and cronyism. Time to clean house in this aspect

  • Phyllyp Sparowe

    If you can’t win an Oscar, whinge an Oscar.

  • Freddythreepwood

    Hollywood realised early on that it could provide itself with priceless annual publicity, and promotion for its wares, via the Oscars. The ceremony has become a yearly reality show, the reaction of the losers more interesting to its followers than who actually won. Excruciating attempts to be funny by the presenters and overblown and overlong acceptance speeches are all part of the mix. It’s a bit like the Eurovision Song Contest; by the time it ends we have forgotten who won, much less cared. But year after year we are drawn in by the hype. We’re pathetic!

    • Sue Smith

      Totally agree with this!! The Oscars ceremony is house painting without the laughs.

  • shaunantijihad

    Go Spike! Get up there and tell them that you demand a White Caucus and Affirmative Action for Whites in education and the job market! GO GET ‘EM TIGER!

  • mohdanga

    Here’s a couple of new hashtags I came up with: #nbatooblack and #nfltooblack. I’m waiting for the media support for these, after all, they represent whitey trying to keep the blacks down…oh, wait…

  • Vinnie

    diveristy and lack of asian actors/directors wasn’t a problem when Denzel won an Oscar for ………Training Day. I didn’t hear a peep from black people speaking up for diversity then.

  • Aristocrat

    Since 1995 12.5% of the past 20 academy awards winners in the acting category were black. Blacks make up about 13% of the total population of the US and hold 12.5% of acting Oscars since 1995. Where is the problem?

    • vieuxceps2

      Ah well, this year they’ve failed so it must be racism,quite obviously.

    • Efreet

      pathetic isn’t it? what’s worse though is the shitlib media demonizing whites who are members of the academy and not waging an all-out slagfest on the british actress who spoke out against the witch hunt.

  • Graham Miller

    On the other hand – as you will know Rod – there are a disproportionate number of black footballers playing in England’s Premier League. There’s no debate. They’re just more skilled and proficient in what they do. Perhaps it’s the same story with the Oscars? After all it’s just opinion. Arguably. Now as for why there are so few black managers in the game………

    • Hybird

      I demand that there must be more ( some?) black swimmers in the UK, USA and South African Olympic swimming teams. Black swimmers are obviously being discriminated against.

  • Dick_Gosinya

    Seeing as how the major studios in Hollywood are risk adverse with investor money, maybe Spike and Will Smith and the like should get together and start their own studio? Put their money where their mouth is?

  • scampy

    Who could compare the useless Will Smith or the ridiculous Eddy Murphy with the best actor ever never mind black, Denzil Washington?

    • JCinUSA

      Is he any relation to Denzel?

  • Ramon Battershall

    I’m not sure the Oscars are a sign of anything other than Hollywood politics. Oscars don’t always equate to popular success, and many Oscar winning films appear to be little more than glorified made for TV issue movies. I also don’t think that an Oscar for acting is necessarily a sign of public popularity, and in many ways seems to dog the career of talented actors. Anyway, the Oscars is a trial for even the most committed film fans; who wants to watch hours of the most nauseating self-indulgence and sentiment by people who, when all’s said and done, are only entertainers anyway?

  • Sean L

    If you apply this numerical logic to the fields of football and entertainment, then the racism is against whites and Asians. Whereas if you look at students on Accountancy courses for instance there tends to be a preponderance of Asians – Jews also are over represented. And the grocery business here in Tottenham appears to favour Turks and Kurds to an outrageous degree. But generally the most personally racist people on earth are black Americans whose attitudes are emulated by their counterparts here. It’s drummed into them, quite literally in certain musical forms. Whereas in Africa you generally get preferential treatment if you’re white. At least that’s my experience, particularly in Kenya and Uganda where I spend a lot of time with my in-laws, and being welcomed hither and thither – Karibu! – often for a small consideration. But then *everything* in Africa tends to be mediated by shillings, or “bob” as they still have it in Kenya.

  • Sean L

    Film is racist anyway. With few exceptions the only groups who consistently produce films that approach the condition of art are the French and Scandinavian.

    • Miss Floribunda Rose

      And the Russians and Japanese.

  • Trini’s dad

    Yah bumboclaat batiman. Anyone sees dis Straight Outta Compton flick ‘mon? Me sees it, it straight A naan sense, dem na acting, dem pickney jus’has bad manners. I thinks dis flick gaan straight to blueray ‘mon.

    • hepworth

      P*ss off.

      • Trini’s dad

        You speaks to your matha like dis? Waash your dutty mout’aut ‘mon.

    • vieuxceps2

      You lacist. Mek mok chinachap agen. Soon triad torcha mek you velly solly, Trinda.Why yoo no spik ploppa?

    • Efreet

      SOC is actually a pretty good movie, and ICE CUBE, who had a huge part in its production, spoke out against the black community whining about not being nominated for Oscars, and said himself that he didn’t care if SOC was nominated or not.

      • Trini’s dad

        Me watch it all in di club wit friends. Haaf dem faal asleep. Me na lie bratha.

  • Tom Cullem

    Well, the article’s sub-heading is certainly correct: watching that non-actor Stallone walk off with a Best Supporting Actor out of “sentiment” over men whose talent could have wiped the floor with him before they were 25, like Rylance and Hardy, is reason enough to shut the whole process down. But the fact is, Straight Outta Compton was a mediocre film that covered up the misogyny issue and had mediocre performances; Beasts of No Nation didn’t open in theaters, and current AMPAS rules thus exclude such films; Boyega’s performance in Star Wars was as dull as the rest of the film itself – there really were no “12 Years” (which was also an overrated film) and no “Selma”s (which was a much better film but which also failed to meet AMPAS distribution deadlines). “Concussion” was forgettable, Will Smith was decent in his predictable way.

    The idea that every set of Oscars must include a reasonable percentage of black, Asian, Native American, etc. nominations is what identity politics and tick-box cultures have gotten us to.
    Meanwhile, Spike Lee and the Smiths should consider that their “boycott” would only point out how little they will be missed and how unimportant they are, especially Ms Smith, who would be invisible at any colour if she weren’t married to Mr Smith. The rest of an America who, people keep forgetting, is still more than 70% white and increasingly angry, will be only too happy to remember how nice it was to see that ocean of white faces.

  • Watt

    Liddle gave no evidence to support Spike Lee’s assertion who also gave none. In some fields, some races predominate. For some, this is a reason to play the race card. Surprised Liddle taken in by this sort of thing. Where incidentally were the examples of great black acting performances being overlooked by Hollywood ?

  • shaunantijihad

    Along with the Black Movie Awards and Black Entertainment Television, Spike Lee fully supports “No White’s Allowed” organisations for his own race, including:

    National Black Farmers Association, the National Black Law Students
    Association, the National Black MBA Association, the National Black
    Nurses Association, the National Black Police Association, the National
    Conference of Black Lawyers, the National Organization for the
    Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, the
    National Organization of Black Women in Law Enforcement, the National
    Society of Black Engineers, the National Association for Black Veterans,
    the National Association of Black Accountants, the National Association
    of Black Geologists and Geophysicists, the National Association of
    Black Journalists, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal
    Justice, the National Bar Association, the National Black Chamber of
    Commerce, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
    People, the National Action Network, the National Afro-American League,
    the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the National Black
    Justice Coalition, the Miss Black America competition, the Miss Black
    USA competition, and many, many more, too numerous to name here.

    http://newobserveronline.com/black-oscars-boycott-hypocrisy/

    • greencoat

      Much good all this does them.

    • hepworth

      We whites are sooo racist.

    • vieuxceps2

      Yes,and of course we have our share of organisations with memberships restricted to black people, and to women too for that matter. There is a stinky hypocrisy rising from all this, some people shout for equality when what they want is special treatment. Same-sex campaigners are particularly prejudiced in their own favour,as are religious groups of all persuasions,every one grubbing for their own advantage whilst only poor Whitey is to blame.
      I want to know whether the number of left-handed people are proportionately represented throughout society…

  • jack

    Blacks have won 20% of the Best actor awards since 2000….there is no evidence that Leftists members of the Hollywood Academy are biased against Blacks…but there is evidence they are biased against white Americans, since they prefer British actors….21% of the winners have been British….this year just 6 of the 10 best actor and best actress nominees are Americans

    • PaD

      I don’t really how the likes of Neeson Mc Ewan Grant Laurie and now bloody Gervais are held in such high esteem over there…they aren’t in any way ‘great actors’..esp Gervais who isnt even an average comedian.
      …Laughton, Olivier, Robert Newton, CaryGrant were the real greats

      • PaD

        typo..dont really KNOW

  • UncleTits

    Liddle seems to have made no actual case for why Lee was supposed to be right. Why that headline?

  • Flintshire Ian

    Maybe Charlotte Rampling is correct (Grauniad article had comments shut down at 3000) and the black actors were not good enough this year?
    Will next years black nominees be there on merit or just coz they is black? We can but guess.

  • DaviddeAngelis

    My own hashtag: #RoyalFamilySoWhite

  • GraveDave

    Spike Lee’s a berk. Even Huffo says so. Not the first gaffe this hothead has made by the way.
    Spike Lee Sued For Tweeting Wrong George Zimmerman …
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/spike-lee-sued-zimmerman_n_4257211.ht...
    Spike Lee Sued For Tweeting Wrong George Zimmerman Address. 11/11/2013 06:38 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014. Reuters …

    • hepworth

      Spike Lee is an out and out racist.

  • BillBill

    Blacks win more oscars than their percentage of the population.

    (Why isn’t Spike Lee shouting out on behalf of Latinos who do much worse than blacks but are a much bigger percentage of the population.)

    Anyway,”whites” don’t run Hollywood:

    Joel Stein in 2008:

    I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe “the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews,” down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood.

    How deeply Jewish is Hollywood? When the studio chiefs took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago to demand that the Screen Actors Guild settle its contract, the open letter was signed by: News Corp. President Peter Chernin (Jewish), Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey (Jewish), Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger (Jewish), Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton (surprise, Dutch Jew), Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer (Jewish), CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves (so Jewish his great uncle was the first prime minister of Israel), MGM Chairman Harry Sloan (Jewish) and NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker (mega-Jewish). …

    The person they were yelling at in that ad was SAG President Alan Rosenberg (take a guess). The scathing rebuttal to the ad was written by entertainment super-agent Ari Emanuel (Jew with Israeli parents) …

    • Alex

      Are you saying there a jewish conspiricy?

      • vieuxceps2

        When you all act and think alike, there’s no need for conspiracy.

    • JJD

      Are you sure they were all Jewish? That does seem a bit Jew-heavy if so.

      • patrickirish

        Yes, so when people are talking about a white dominance of Hollywood it should be a “white”.

  • Mr Turner

    Only white people can be racist!

    • vieuxceps2

      Yes, most peculiar that.Given that Luvvylefty insists that there is only the one human race then racism should have been shared out equally. If not why not?

  • jim

    Diversity is hell.Everything ,even a f*gs night out like the Oscars has to end up as a sectarian turf war . Quotas anyone?

  • Knight of Tipton

    In future they should ensure the Academy award committee is comprised of Blacks only. That should take care of it.

    I mean, come on, would you rather win an award for your colour or your ability?

    • WTF?

      No whites ever win in the black only awards ceremonies. You mean to tell me not one white would have had a good performance in their movies?

  • NickG

    Come on Tim Robey , sort out the ‘you knows’ I lost count at 10!

  • Scradje

    Spike Lee chose to make a film glorifying the extremely unpleasant Malcolm X. He is a borderline racist himself.
    In the Heat of the Night was a good, not great film, but yes, the soundtrack was great. Ray Charles performance of the title track was outstanding. Junior Parker released a blistering cover of the song a few years later that was even better. I like the line: ‘stars with evil eyes stare from the sky’.

  • Marvin

    I can think of three films if distributed at the right time, that Denzil Washington could have been nominated for. BUT! in general, do the black people expect a nomination for every black in every film they appear in? GROW UP or EVOLVE!

    • carl jacobs

      Which three films?

      • Marvin

        Man On Fire, American Gangster and Training Day. Possibly The Hurricane.

    • Cyril Sneer

      I can’t think of one Denzil Washington performance that’s worthy of a single award.

      • WTF?

        I like Denzel

  • Maureen Fisher

    It’s being hosted by a funny black guy which is probably the only plus of this nauseating self congratulatory luvvies spectacle.

    • Adam Carter

      If it is a plus then surely that is because the host is funny, not because he is black.
      Or am I being racist by thinking his colur is not important?

  • The Twitter hive mind predictably reacted with fury, stamping its feet, holding its breath and insisting it have its nappy changed. We attempted to reach the Tumblr hive mind for comment, but found it passed out from shock with someone waving smelling salts under its nose.

    The Twitter hive mind was later placated with a wowwy pop.

  • Q46

    OK – We have racism – no Black actors given Oscars therefore that proves it is because of racism.

    This is called begging the question.

    Correlation between two variables does not prove causality without external data to corroborate.

    In situations with multiple interacting variables just one is isolated and causality is assigned with absolutely no supporting evidence – we get this now everywhere, health, diet, climate change (did it ever not?), gender/race.

    This is lazy; it is stupid.

    95% of nurses are female – where the outrage? Majority of basket ball players in the US are Black – where the outrage?

    • MathMan

      We’ve only had ‘racism’ since we had immigrants so who is to blame for it?

    • Efreet

      that’s far too rational for shitlibs. it is really they who are empowering this black whiners movement. if people had just told them to STFU in the beginning, it would not have come to this point. effeminate, chipmunk-cheeked 25 year-old white bloggers, fully campus conditioned to hate their ethnicity, are the real culprits in this BS.

    • WTF?

      Exactly, and where is the outrage that Hollywood Paid Will Smith more money than he is worth over and over, evident by the fact that he did not win an award? How many blacks have been made filthy rich, in the entertainment industry, TV, Music, Movies, regardless of their lack of talent. Kanye?? Beyoncé?/ You don’t hear whites crying about the injustice everyday, all day long.

  • hepworth

    Perhaps they’re not good actors? anybody thought of that?

    • Private Pirate

      No one who has actually viewed all of the movies has thought of that. Probably only racists desperate to uphold the status quo of singular white mediocrity have thought of that. How many of the movies did you see? Did you think Jennifer Lawrence was good in Joy? Really? Did you think Matt Damon deserved to be nominated for actual best “acting” of the year? Is that even possible that someone walked away from these movies thinking this way? Delusional.

      • vieuxceps2

        I think that anyone who feels the need to repeat a comment three times is not confident of the opinion it bears. Once is enough, surely?

        • Private Pirate

          No, once isn’t enough. Here it is again, so it really sinks in! “No one who has actually viewed all of the movies has thought of that. Probably only racists desperate to uphold the status quo of singular white mediocrity have thought of that. How many of the movies did you see? Did you think Jennifer Lawrence was good in Joy? Really? Did you think Matt Damon deserved to be nominated for actual best “acting” of the year? Is that even possible that someone walked away from these movies thinking this way? Delusional.”

          • vieuxceps2

            As the monkey said,”ug-ug, ug-ug,ug-ug,ug-ug…..

          • Private Pirate

            Oooh, monkey. That’s a new one that’s never been used before! I guess the arguments here that whites are more creative than others has clearly been proven true by your comment. By the by, be careful as your racism is showing and confirming the need for rules to prevent racists from maintaining the status quo. Aren’t you frightened!

          • vieuxceps2

            ug.

          • vieuxceps2

            ug

          • Private Pirate

            Another ingeniously creative comment from this one lol. Are you white? Better line up for your best writing academy award then! You’ve earned it! “Ug ug goes the monkey!” So smart you are!

          • Cyril Sneer

            What has a monkey got to do with racism eh chimpboy?

          • Private Pirate

            Cyril, I’d tell you to go kill yourself as you advised me multiple times above; however, you’re obviously already brain dead. My work is done! Give your mum my best for that head-drop number she did on you! xo

          • Adam Carter

            No, it doesn’t sink in like this.
            You are looking like someone who can’t think or respond to the comments of others and has instead used up your mental energy on just one comment, which you now need to repeat a number of times.
            This is not making you look like a thoughtful critic of films, the film industry or the Oscars.

          • Private Pirate

            Since you brought it up, I don’t much care how I “look” to the commenters here, and I would hope the same goes for everyone. I’m not a film critic and each imbecile’s opinion is as important as the others’ online. We’re all just spouting off from lifelong indoctrination and personal experiences without listening or learning, or caring about other people’s actual life burdens obviously. I think we would all be in big trouble if we sincerely cared what the other people on this thread thought of us. But thanks for letting me know that I don’t seem like a film pro: I don’t care!

      • Adam Carter

        You don’t seem to be developing your argument at all.

  • hepworth

    Next year there will be no whites nominated.
    Will there be outrage? of course not.

    • Private Pirate

      Why would there be outrage?

      • hepworth

        You are Black?

        • Private Pirate

          You are Racial Police?

          • Cyril Sneer

            No that’s you, the race agitating ghestapo.

          • Private Pirate

            You’re so good at spelling. And charming to boot. Hahaha.

        • Cyril Sneer

          A black racist no less.

  • Private Pirate

    White people have been winning this award based more on the color of their skin than talent since the beginning. There are already quotas and affirmative action for white people at every level of Hollywood (and society in general, actually). That’s why the nominations are so white in the first place. Jennifer Lawrence was nominated even though both Joy and her performance in it were garbage. Brooklyn was overrated garbage after I’d excitedly waited months to see it. Mad Max was fun, but certainly not best picture material. Affirmative action should only apply to mediocre white performances and movies, apparently. If we are all being honest, most of the movies this year were utter crap, and Creed/Beasts of No Nation/Straight Out of Compton could have taken any of the other spots. The only thing that kept those films out of those spots is the fact that the Academy will accept nothing but excellence from people of color, while backslapping each other for white mediocrity throughout the industry. If you don’t see that as blatant white affirmative action, you’re in denial.

    • Adam Carter

      Wow.
      Having written tghis comment you are determined to get full exposure for it, aren’t you?

      • Private Pirate

        I am! Thanks for noticing! It’s delightful to be followed so closely.

    • Cyril Sneer

      It’s no good, this world is just too awful to comprehend… kill yourself.

  • Polly Radical

    No nominations for disabled, homeless or transgender actors, either.
    Shocking.

    • Private Pirate

      “I’m white! Give me what’s mine based on my skin color, and don’t share it! No one else has “earned” it because they are darker!” Stomps feet and walks off.

      • Reluctant Mlungu

        Never mind that the only ones who actually do demand and stomp are black, eh?
        You’re the delusional one – I bet you also believe, despite every shred of evidence, that Michael Brown was “gunned down” by an evil racist cop.

        • Private Pirate

          Having trouble staying on topic, are we?

          • Reluctant Mlungu

            Not at all, the first half of my response was 100% on topic.
            So thanks for showing us how casually you just disregard anything that doesn’t suit your craven prejudice.

          • Private Pirate

            I casually disregard proud stupidity, willful ignorance, and leaps of logic not based in fact. You got me! Ha.

          • Reluctant Mlungu

            So pointing out the clear fact that the only side in this argument wailing and boycotting is the black one is, in your view , “… proud stupidity, wilful ignorance and leaps of logic not based in fact.”
            Gee, you know some medium – sized words, but have no clue as to their meaning. Brilliant work!

          • Private Pirate

            Did you read your own comment? I don’t have the patience to parse it apart and explain it to you, but boy are you dim! And your tone indicates what a delight you must be in real life. Entitled, angry, and mentally slow. What a combo! You’re a real catch, babe.

          • Reluctant Mlungu

            You don’t have the ABILITY to “parse apart” my arguments, which is obviously why you’ve avoided doing so.
            Goodbye, dolt.

  • KittyR

    “The Oscars usually go to third-rate actors from huge-budget third-rate films. Those cretins who do the nominating are swayed by the glutinously sentimental, the overblown epic, the vacuously feelgood, the imbecilic right-on political values stapled to the banal glossy dross. There’s a case for saying African-Americans are best off out of it.”

    Sums it up perfectly, Rod! It’s a fest of mediocrity – a total absorption with the facile.

  • edithgrove

    In retrospect it is clear Sydney Poitier was the breakthrough, not Hollywood or filmmaking. In the same year he had ‘To sir with love’ and ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’. And Harlem agitator Rev Al Sharpton has had many good points over the years, sometimes trumphatically expressed.

    • colchar

      Al Sharpton wouldn’t know a good point if he sat on one.

  • colchar

    Have the idiots doing the complaining never considered that perhaps no black actor delivered a performance worthy of an Oscar nomination?

    • Private Pirate

      No one who has actually viewed all of the movies has considered that. Probably only racists desperate to uphold the status quo of singular white mediocrity have considered that. How many of the movies did you see? Did you think Jennifer Lawrence was good in Joy? Really? Did you think Matt Damon deserved to be nominated for actual best “acting” of the year? Is that even possible that someone walked away from these movies thinking this way? Delusional.

      • Adam Carter

        I think you are a bogoted anti-Lawrencist.
        That’s 3 comments, at least from you (and I’m still scrolling down) where you put the boot into Jennifer Lawrence.
        ‘Joy’ is good and her performance is good.

        • Private Pirate

          Actually, I quite like her and think she’s talented. Her work is usually amazing, but Joy was terrible as was her performance in it. She was miscast, so it’s not all her fault, but the end result is the same. Also, since when does “good” cut it for the academy awards? You’re proving my point that white performers often get to be just “good” to receive an Oscar nod, while performers of color always have to be excellent. If the bar is for excellence, then keep it that way all the time. Stop dropping that bar for mediocre or “good” white performers, then whining when others want equal treatment for mediocrity as well.

          • Cyril Sneer

            ‘Performers of colour’ yet more racist horsesh t from our resident race agitator. Kill yourself you f cking parasite.

          • divine powa

            What’s “RACIST” about his statement? They are: ACTORS & ACTRESSES “OF COLOR” get a CLUE “COLOR” means anything that is NON-WHITE. It sounds like YOU are the LOUDEST “BIGOT” on here. I think you should take your OWN ADVICE.

          • David Murphy

            No, when they refer to people pf colour in the US they mean black people. Asians and Hispanics don’t usually want tone lumped with black people. Even African Americans don’t want immigrants from the Caribbean or Africa lumped with them.

            Its all childish identify politics and arguments over semantics and history rather than dealing with issues of today.

          • Private Pirate

            Hi David, since I wrote the comment, I *think* I know what I meant lol. But thanks for the whitesplaining! Where would we all be without you to do that for us?

            Anyway, when I refer to POC, I am referring to all non-whites, in line with the common grammatical usage of that term. If I meant to say Black, Latino, Asian, etc., I would have used those individual words. Clear enough for you? Also, I’m not black, but you are confirmed to be a stereotyping racist lol.

          • divine powa

            I know right!!! That’s what I thought..but I do thank Dave for TRYIN to “break it down” for us

          • divine powa

            Thank you for the CLARIFICATION Dave. Now maybe you can explain that to the SNEER guy

      • gunnerbear

        I’m sorry but whenever I hear Matt Damon described as an ‘actor’, I can’t help but think of this…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnPWJOJYVKc

    • divine powa

      Have YOU thought about the fact that Hollywood Studios don’t greenlight very many Black Films P.E.R.I.O.D or give them the same BUDGETS as other Mainstream (WHITE) films?

      • WTF?

        Maybe they don’t green light them because they don’t have merit or box office appeal

  • UnionPacificRX

    Oscars are for talent and should not be based on race, gender or orientation.

    • Private Pirate

      Duh. Except white people have been winning this award based more on the color of their skin than talent since the beginning. There are already quotas and affirmative action for white people at every level of Hollywood (and society in general, actually). That’s why the nominations are so white in the first place. Jennifer Lawrence was nominated even though both Joy and her performance in it were garbage. Brooklyn was overrated garbage after I’d excitedly waited months to see it. Mad Max was fun, but certainly not best picture material. Affirmative action should only apply to mediocre white performances and movies, apparently. If we are all being honest, most of the movies this year were utter crap, and Creed/Beasts of No Nation/Straight Out of Compton could have taken any of the other spots. The only thing that kept those films out of those spots is the fact that the Academy will accept nothing but excellence from people of color, while backslapping each other for white mediocrity throughout the industry. If you don’t see that as blatant white affirmative action, you’re in denial.

      • UnionPacificRX

        I disagree. Black actors play major roles all the time. I often see British movies where only black and white actors are shown roughly in equal numbers as if the British population reflects that.

        I remember the era of black President based movies. that came to an end. Blacks are represented in Hollywood far more than any other visible minority (Asians). Many are bombing partly because the “gentlemen” character shown on the movie does not match real life

        There are other social issues Hollywood pushes
        -Female who is clever and stronger than her male counterpart who is so brain dead that he cannot fight himself from chipped fingernail. then she comes in, defeats the nemesis and saves the day
        -The Tattoo, weed smoking culture. As if we all are tattooed and smoke weed all the time.
        -The interracial couple where the main actor has a black girlfriend is portrayed in a way that does not reflect real life.

      • UnionPacificRX

        One never sees a black actress with kinky hair. they have hair that is more glossy and luxurious than any other actress while the male black actors show kinky hair.

    • David Murphy

      You mean they should be based on talent 🙂

      • UnionPacificRX

        That is what I thought since I was a child. The prestige of an Actor who wins an Oscar rises significantly and articles state that about the Actor or Actress in an up and coming movie It is a badge that recognizes the talent and nothing else.

  • Suzy61

    Gawd…pretentious, liberal luvvies giving each other awards for entertaining the proles.

    Almost every interview I see with one of these precious snowflakes contains some tortured, ‘arty’ rant ….written for them by their agents. It’s as if acting (as children, we called it ‘dressing up’) elevates them way above their salary-funding audience. Why, they are almost as lofty as thicko pop-singers.

    Black, white, pink-spotted……who really gives a toss?

    Perhaps we should have awards for those who know their place and appreciate that they are vastly over-rated and over-paid?

    We could call them the STFU’s.

  • Ron Todd

    If they go to an unofficial quota system for nominees say at least one out of four nominations in each category then before long they will say if we are one in four nominees we should be entitled to one in four Oscars. Any black actor winning will never know if he deserved to win and the white actors will always wonder if they would have one under a purely merit based system.

    The other way out is to have new awards best black actor best black actress then they will get a guaranteed number of Oscars without having to compete against white actors and actresses.

    • Private Pirate

      White people have been winning this award based more on the color of their skin than talent since the beginning. There are already quotas and affirmative action for white people at every level of Hollywood (and society in general, actually). That’s why the nominations are so white in the first place. Jennifer Lawrence was nominated even though both Joy and her performance in it were garbage. Brooklyn was overrated garbage after I’d excitedly waited months to see it. Mad Max was fun, but certainly not best picture material. Affirmative action should only apply to mediocre white performances and movies, apparently. If we are all being honest, most of the movies this year were utter crap, and Creed/Beasts of No Nation/Straight Out of Compton could have taken any of the other spots. The only thing that kept those films out of those spots is the fact that the Academy will accept nothing but excellence from people of color, while backslapping each other for white mediocrity throughout the industry. If you don’t see that as blatant white affirmative action, you’re in total denial.

      • MC73

        Same for the Nobels you reckon?

        • Private Pirate

          You have one, I reckon?

          • Cyril Sneer

            Yep as I thought you’re just a dirty anti white racist. I’m sure you have neighbourhood you can set fire to.

          • David Murphy

            Slaves have existed for thousands of year and colour was never the issue. Blacks were taken as slaves by white traders (and arab ones) but the people capturing and selling the blacks were other blacks. Read some real history about that.

            Africans form north africa (the barbary pirates and others) stole around 2 million white christians over a period of centuries to turn them into Salves.

            Vikings stole large numbers of whites as slaves, and when the saxons conquered the area known now as england, but then inhabited by celts, they turned almost all the celts into slaves too. The romans and greeks had millions of slaves of all races too.

      • Adam Carter

        ‘Joy’ is a good film, and Jennifer Lawrence gives a good performance.

      • Cyril Sneer

        Your ‘belief’ that all white people have been winning this award due to the colour of their skin is unsubstantiated racist nonsense.

        Just be honest with yourself, you hate white people and you’re a filthy bigot.

        • divine powa

          Cyril Sneer you Sound RIDICULOUS. THE FACTS “SPEAK” FOR ITSELF

      • David Murphy

        I doubt racism has much to do with it, Liddle’s comment seem to sum it quite well

        “Still, at least black Americans can console themselves that they are not alone in being shunned by the Academy Awards. Almost all of the top actors are likewise ignored, regardless of their race. The Oscars usually go to third-rate actors from huge-budget third-rate films. Those cretins who do the nominating are swayed by the glutinously sentimental, the overblown epic, the vacuously feelgood, the imbecilic right-on political values stapled to the banal glossy dross. “

  • Miss Floribunda Rose

    Anything to do with race is unbelievably effing tedious, in my opinion.

    • Cyril Sneer

      In America a country of many races its always about one race at the expense of all the others and I’m not talking about whites here.

      • David Murphy

        You are wrong. Identity politics is played by all racial groups – whites continually claim they are victimised, blacks claim they are victimised…. etc etc etc,

      • patrickirish

        Yes, this is the unmentioned elephant in the room about the white film academy.

  • Sue Smith

    The Hollywood bien pensant have got it coming to them in spades. It is they who started this Affirmative Action tsunami and right at the moment it doesn’t suit them. Well, boys and girls, you’ve given enough rope to the black community (ho-hum, more identity politics!) for them to hang you with it. Meantime, I wouldn’t go anywhere near the Oscars – or any other similar ‘parade of meat’ (George C. Scott) – if my life depended on it. I don’t care whether black or white; these people are boring to the extent they should be hauled before a judge and asked to explain themselves!!! 🙂

    They give “tedious” new meaning.

  • Moshe Pipik

    blacks have won 13 percent to 20 percent of the awards. There is no racism. Look at the UK which kicked all the Jews out and still hates all jews.

    • Richard Baranov

      Your talking rubbish, after France, Britain has the largest Jewish population in Europe and, for safety reasons, many of them are moving to the UK from France and are more than welcome. France: 600,000, UK. 370,000. Source CIA fact book.
      And having live most of my life in both the UK and the USA, I can assure you that in many respects the USA is far more a third world country than the UK.

      • Shorne

        This and similar comment columns are hotbeds of vicious anti-Semitism. Here’s a quote from an article that appeared earlier this year
        “Nearly half of the British population agreed with one of four antisemitic statements presented to them according to a new poll, which found that one in eight of those surveyed believe that Jewish people use the Holocaust as a means of gaining sympathy.
        It also found that one in four (25%) Britons believed that Jews chase money more than other British people, a figure which rose to 39% of those participants who identified themselves as Ukip voters.”

        • David Murphy

          Why is it anti-semitic to believe Jews chase money more than the rest of us, or they use the Holocaust to get sympathy? It may be inaccurate but that is not the same as being anti-semitic. And to define 1 in 8 as showing Britain to be anti-semitic Britain supposedly is innumerate and stupid.

          To turn this the other way round, 7 in 8 don’t believe the Jews use the holocaust asa means to get extra sympathy. Or less than half the population supported those supposedly anti-semitic statements.

          You are clearly ignorant and can’t count, ad your attempt to brand the british as racist or anti-semitic is racist i its own right.

          • Moshe Pipik
          • patrickirish

            Also, is it actually inaccurate/? Many Jews are disgusted by the cynical use of the Holocaust. Are Jews more interested in money than some others? If so, why is it anti-Semitic to state that?

          • Moshe Pipik

            yes and the irish are a bunch of drunk losers and that is a fact.. they have no products i would buy and if not for apple they would be lost.

          • patrickirish

            I think those who support the BDS movement are unaware of history, but then there are people like you who no doubt give impetus to that program. But I suspect most Jews would be ashamed of you.

          • Moshe Pipik

            let me explain to you the truth.. this is the real truth and you can believe it or not .. i could care less

            jews are the smartest people in the world .. selectively bred by you killing off all the dumb ones. 22 % of the nobel prizes when they are 1/5 of 1 percent of the population. try to explain that away mr drunk.

            two. jews are always trying to be big on social justice and vote overwhemingly democratic in the us. They dont kill and have a low crime rate. they do commit alot of high level wall street crimes because they are 99% the population.. the place where the smartest are selected like goldman sachs.

            so of course they are the most convicted. but a low rate. jews want success and money as a way to try to protect themselves from the dirty murderous villans in europe. the universities are filled with jews. everywhere. but only 6 million. doctors lawyers scientists etc. never asking for a handout.

            by the way in israel they give billions in dollars of intelligence to the us and if they get money from the us it is to reign them in so they dont sell weapons to china and others the us doesnt want them too. they could make far more if their hands were not tied.

            the iron dome look it up.. israel is a hotbed of tech.. not the uk no way.. losers they are.

            look i am not going to waste more time with a drunken irishman who kills anyone who is not his religeon.. pathetic people really losers…. dirt bags. bye.

          • patrickirish

            “they do commit alot of high level wall street crimes because they are
            99% the population.. the place where the smartest are selected like
            goldman sachs.”

            Thanks for the information Moshe, very interesting. I wonder how that fits in with:

            “jews are always trying to be big on social justice”.

            I am getting a bit of cognitive dissonance here Moshe, but that is probably because I am drunk.

          • Richard Baranov

            You, quite obviously escaped the cull. Anyone of lower intelligence I cannot conceive.

          • Moshe Pipik

            it is cheaper to hire an irish person for my daughters party than a donkey.

          • Moshe Pipik

            i would like to do sexual experiments on your family like the nazis did to mine

          • Shorne

            Well your first sentence demonstrates the old adage ‘If you have to ask the question you wouldn’t understand the answer.’
            See also my response to ‘Richard Baranov’.

        • Richard Baranov

          Really, show me your evidence because it is drivel. The fact is that the Jewish population of England is so well assimilated that they are marrying out to the point that the Jewish population is in danger of vanishing. The vast majority of English people don’t give a hoot and so your proposition is rubbish.

          • Moshe Pipik

            i would love to push you and your family into a gas chamber

          • right1_left1

            Unbelieveable what Moshe is allowed to post.

            The stats on gas chamber deaths cannot possibly be true.
            Does that prove I am anti semetic.

          • Shorne

            Oh dear don’t like being contradicted do you, classic Right Man Syndrome. Anyway here’s some evidence to go with that I’ve already cited;
            ‘November 27, 2015
            The use of Nazism to attack Jews and Zionists in Britain is on the rise, according to a leading antisemitism watchdog.
            A report published by the Community Security Trust, which monitors antisemitism in Britain, revealed an unprecedented level of Jew-hatred.
            The growth of social media was having a clear impact on the spread of antisemitic discourse, threats and themes than ever before.’
            ( I have already mentioned comment columns like this)
            “Church bans 9/11 Israel conspiracy priest from using social media
            The Rev Stephen Sizer banned by Church from using social media or any campaigning on Middle East after sharing ‘clearly anti-Semitic’ material” (Telegraph)
            “Anti-Semitism in the UK: Hate crimes against London’s Jewish community surge by 93%” (International Business Times)
            “Shocking anti-Semitism on streets of BRITAIN as Jewish journalist is spat at, abused and even stalked.” (Daily Mail)
            I live in North West London ,every Jewish School, Synagogue etc. I drive past has a security guard outside it, don’t see many outside CofE equivalents.

          • Richard Baranov

            And you know very well that the danger is not from the English so stop misrepresenting fact.

          • Shorne

            They are the most prominent

            “CST received a description of the ethnic
            appearance of the offender or offenders in 78 of
            the 304 antisemitic incidents reported during the
            first six months of 2014.3 Of these, 45, or 58 per
            cent, were described as white – north European;
            3, or 4 per cent, were described as white – south
            European; 6 (8 per cent) were described as black;
            21 (27 per cent) were described as south Asian;
            none as east or south-east Asian; and 3 (4 per cent)
            as Arab or north African.”
            Also there’s Sizer who I mentioned above and Joshua Bonehill-Payne (got 3 years)
            I could give numerous ‘nicknames’ of of commenters who express extreme anti-Semitic views here and in other places who, from the other comments they make, must be English.
            Pictures and footage of activities by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign shows numerous white people and this is from the PLC’s Wikipedia entry
            “Most of PSC’s directors have not been of Palestinian or Middle Eastern descent. Its current Chair is Hugh Lanning and its current Director is Sarah Colborne. As somebody once said, ‘Anti-Zionism is the most socially acceptable pastime of the anti-Semite.’

      • Moshe Pipik

        Baloney. just listen to the antisemitism from your country.

        Headlines like “were leaving Jews are not safe here anymore”

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11393427/Were-leaving-Britain-Jews-arent-safe-here-any-more.html

        I dont blame you for your hatred of jews as that is what you are fed. Just dont kill any for sport as will soon happen in UK

        • Richard Baranov

          Your a complete idiot, my late wife was Jewish and consequentially so are my children. Stupid man, learn something about a person before you sound off with your malicious garbage.
          99.9 & a bit more of anti-Semitism in this country is Muslim in origin, not English, we just don’t care. But then in your perverse mind, not caring is probably a form of anti-Semitism. Might I suggest you crawl back under your rock.

          • Moshe Pipik

            did she kill herself or you killed her. she is better off not having to deal with you

          • right1_left1

            A disgusting abuse of ‘free speech’

          • Richard Baranov

            I frankly doubt that he is a Jew, if he is he is that worst of all things, a Jew hating Jew: “Self-hating Jew or self-loathing Jew is a pejorative term used for a Jewish person that holds antisemitic views.[1] The concept gained widespread currency after Theodor Lessing’s 1930 book Der Jüdische Selbsthass (“Jewish Self-hatred”), which tries to explain the prevalence of Jewish intellectuals inciting antisemitism with their extremely hateful view toward Judaism. Jewish self-hate has been described as a neurotic reaction to the impact of antisemitism by Jews accepting, expressing, and even exaggerating the basic assumptions of the anti-Semite.[2] The term became “something of a key term of opprobrium in and beyond Cold War-era debates about Zionism”.[3] Similar accusations of being uncomfortable with one’s Jewishness were already being made by groups of Jews against each other before Zionism existed as a movement.[3]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-hating_Jew

            His self hatred consists in goading others into making anti-Semitic statements and, if none are to be had, to accuse someone like me, lately married to a Jew with Jewish children, of anti-Semitism therefore conjuring anti-Semitism out of thin air. It is quite simply a sickness of spirit and non-Jewish in the extreme.

          • Richard Baranov

            What a disgusting person you are, a Jew hating Jew. How do I figure that out? Simple, you accuse all and sundry of anti-Semitism whilst stoking the fires yourself. I’m sure it makes you have a sense of superiority in your inadequacy. After all, it makes you think your unique. In fact what it displays is your total failure as a human being. You reduce yourself to the point that any self respecting Jew would distance themselves from you. In your attitude you join hands with the anti-Semites you so roundly imagine surround you in your paranoid fantasy.
            My wife died from cancer and I’m sure that you would rejoice, in your warped view of life there must be rejoicing at the punishment of a Jew marrying a goyam. You might want to stop and think because, you sir are just plain evil.

          • Richard Baranov

            And, by way of a final word to you. You cannot upset me because I live secure in the knowledge that my wife was a human being. You, on the other hand, are nothing more than a vulture with a brain deserving of nothing but contempt.

      • Moshe Pipik

        idiot

      • Moshe Pipik

        What do you mean..?? there were a lot of jews in germany. Thatdoesnt mean they were not racist. like you i just beg you not to kill jewish women and children.. when the time comes england kicks us out again.

        • SonOfaGun

          But Europe has never kicked out the polite Chinese….

        • Richard Baranov

          You deserve to be kicked out, not because you are a Jew, something I sincerely doubt, but because you are unfit to live in this country. I suggest you convert to Islam and join your soul mates in Syria.

      • Moshe Pipik
    • David Murphy

      The english expelled the jews in the middle ages – hundreds of years before the US was even discovered by europeans. They returned in the 17th century.

      • Moshe Pipik

        But they never paid a price or did anything about it. they are still super antisemetic. hard for you to see because when you are racist and hate jews you think it is justified.

        When you get a polio vaccine thank the jews. and on and on. the uk bbc and guardin are all hoping to see the end of the jewish race and see it suffer in its death.

        • patrickirish

          I am a wee bit puzzled by your attitude – you seem to think it is OK for you to be an overt racist but the English need to be punished for the events of the middle ages?

    • Rbeastlondon

      700 years ago but quite a few here now, although the Muslims might drive them out.

      • Moshe Pipik

        i hope the muslims drive us out so we dont live in your country. not an easy thing to pick up and go but they will as the muslim population grows and you are left with your young girls being raped like germany and you live under sharia law.

        israel was founded by the same people who developed the atomic and hydrogen bombs. Israel is the second hot bed of tech after the US. google and apple cant get enough israeli engineers and companies to take over.

        i personally dont hate muslims. We have many neighbors in the us who are muslim. we all get along for now. We wont tolerate Sharia.

        if the world wants to slander Israel to make them feel better for all the killings and persecution of jews. go ahead WE are more than used to it. remember the end of israel and the jews will see 400 nuclear weapons headed all over the place starting with London and Glasgow.

    • SonOfaGun

      America is one of the few countries that hasn’t. I’d behave if I were you.

  • Moshe Pipik

    why dont you go debate keeping americans out of your stupid loser third world country. I hope trump wins and puts you in your arrogant loser place.

    • Cyril Sneer

      I also hope Trump wins. And, it’s the Left that want him banned but don’t worry the Left aren’t real people so nothing to worry about.

  • Moshe Pipik

    WHen Trump gets in he has orders to nuke the United Kingdom .. hey go debate that morons.

    • Cyril Sneer

      .

  • MathMan

    The’re well represented on Crimewatch.

  • MathMan

    In the US blacks get everything they want without qualification because we have been trained to see them as ‘victims’ and over- indulge them on Affirmative Action positions and copious welfare payments. Then we are surprised when they act like spoiled children when faced with any sort of restraint on their behaviour.

    • Richard Baranov

      Unfortunately what you say is true. Blacks in America have had so much government money thrown at them due to white guilt, that they now have a strong sense of unwarranted entitlement. If they perceive something is wrong, imaginary or not, they know very well that whites will fall over themselves in trying to do something, anything, to correct it. It’s to the point of a well trained horse, the shadow of the whip and the white horse will jump to it. White people need, in the USA, to grow a pair and say enough is enough and that you now need to shift for yourselves. Instead the response to accusations is to throw yet more money and stuff at the Black Community. Change thiws, change that and tie yourself in knots trying to appease, problem is that it simply makes things worse as complexity often does. This false appeasement makes for a huge underclass of people who, because of the psychological effects of welfare, begrudge and hate their benefactors whom they now see as keeping them down via welfare and other, mostly imagined, strategies, e.g. the accusation that something is “institutionalized” racism. Even affirmative action becomes ‘racism’. The fact is that Black people, in the US, need to realize that you are only a success by shifting for yourself, not have others do the shifting for you.
      I want to make it abundantly clear that I am talking about the US not the UK, circumstances for historical reasons are quite different and so one cannot make the same remarks about the Black Community in England at all.

  • William Matthews

    So I made a list of all my favourite actors, while I was growing up. Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, Will Smith, Andrew McCarthy, Rob Lowe, Tony Todd and so on. Turns out, I’m racist! Who knew? (I didn’t!)

  • Cyril Sneer

    Here’s a radical suggestion… Why don’t we nominate those who are worthy irrelevant of whatever ‘race’ they’re supposed to represent. Ah race quotas, the bigoted left in all its vile glory.

    • Efreet

      yup, but it is also important to pair that with a demonizing of whites. it’s not just a racial quota, it’s a desire to punish.

  • Cyril Sneer

    If we end up in a situation where too many black actors are getting nominated ahead of worthy white actors then will we hear the race agitators call for quotas then? I don’t think so, it’s all one way traffic for these racists.

    • Marvin

      How many films about slavery can anyone make?

    • Leon Wolfeson

      Yes, of course you want to stop…

  • Terence Hale

    Hi,
    „Oscars“. I get the impression Academy Awards committee is in symbiosis with the film industry preparing to give the awards before the film is made. This year it’s Leonardo DiCaprio for crawling
    in the mud, next will be Mr. Pit and his wife and so on.

  • Ralph

    Some black actors want to be nominated not because of the quality of their acting but because of their colour scheme? How racist of them?

    • mickey667

      You’re quite simple aren’t you?

      You can’t follow simple logic can you?

      • Efreet

        ad hominem is the most basic logical fallacy. but keep on slagging his “logic”.

  • jackguthrie

    Bill Cosby, much in the news lately, was apparently responsible for breaking the colour barrier for stuntmen (persons?) who’d previously been white guys/gals in black face, by insisting that black actor’s stunts be done by blacks. The point here being that while no-one should be nominated for anything because of race, Hollywood still isn’t as liberal as it believes itself to be.

    • Efreet

      source?

      • jackguthrie

        NPR, sometime last fall.

  • King Zog

    What a steaming pile of e**ing sh*te, Rod.

    If I were a Hollywood director I wouldn’t want any diversity at all. Like all other film makers there I’d want my picture to win:

    Best Picture
    Best Director
    Best Leading Actor
    Best Leading Actress
    Best Cinematography
    Best Score
    etc., etc., etc.

    You get the picture…

    • Marvin

      Only if a black person is in the lead. I jest!

  • hwy505

    Interesting – isn’t the president of the academy a black female? How’s about getting awarded based on performance. Or is the academy awards now just another quota organization?

  • SonOfaGun

    I think they act like spoiled brats. Black people want to see black actors, in movies and on movie award shows. That is also what they accuse the Academy of doing. We gave them names, we gave them clothes, we gave them a language, we gave them a religion, we gave them education, wait, did we miss anything? Of course, an Oscar. Have you got a mantlepiece to put it on? Oh, you don’t like that flag, we’ll get rid of that for you. The statue? I agree, it has to go. That’s what a dysfunctional relationship sounds like.

    • Efreet

      well said. when they get whatever they demand, why on earth would they stop making further demands?

  • Sipu

    I have the solution. The Oscar’s already have actor and actress awards, they should now introduce categories for best black, best white, best Hispanic, best Gentile, best straight, best gay, best TG, best ugly , best short , best with learning difficulties etc.

    • Ann Sinclair

      There is no apostrophe in Oscars.

  • Marvin

    But what nobody will admit is, that if all the blacks rebel and veto the Oscars, will anyone miss them or even care.

    • Efreet

      if they turn the Oscars into a big diversity-fest that is only focused on representing certain groups and no longer on movies, perhaps it’s a sign to “boycott” them permanently.

  • NickG

    Rod is just wrong on this one.

    Without arguing the toss over any particular award, over the past 20 yrs blacks have been awarded 1/8th of best actor Oscars*, in line with their percentage of the population.

    SJW histrionics merely reveals a lack of understanding of the waft and weave of statistics combined with the usual chip-on-the shoulder routine.

    There are more Mexicans and hispanics than blacks in the US now, if any group are under-represented in actor awards, it’s this lot. Also – wot about the Asians?

    *14 out of 80 slots have gone to blacks – there are 4 each year for best actor, supporting actor and respective actresses. Blacks represent about 13% of the US population. Far fewer in the UK and the other major Anglosphere countries to whom the Oscars are also open.

    Data

    • Ann Sinclair

      Rod is always wrong about everything. Well, OK, only 95% of the time.

  • Jack Rocks

    I don’t understand why there’s a best male and best female category. Actually I don’t understand why the industry gives itself awards at all. These delicate flowers need the possibility of a medal for turning up to work?

  • HERBERT

    A load of blacks racing around in fancy cars, shouting “fcku yo momma bit*h” every other sentence does not make for Oscar material.

    Diversity is a substitution for talent these days. Too many blacks think that they should be nominated just because they’re black. Talent or art doesn’t matter. Only color matters. They want to be nominated or win no matter what. If black acting was superb in a film that was superb, then they’d get a nomination. A film of no importance, whether with black or white actors, will not get nominated for anything.

    • Efreet

      they act like that because it gets them results, time after time. when you get whatever you demand, why would you stop making demands?

      • Jim Caldwell

        It is truely astonishing. Chris Rock says all these thngs, and they all clap! Are they admitting they are racist? Can’t help themselves?! Great way to shut people down stone cold is to call someone a racist. Obama people did and do all the time. Now Hillary is employing for women. Don’t get your way, must be becuase someone is racist or hates women.

    • Jim Caldwell

      Perfect.

  • trobrianders

    Liddle is a soppy liberal

  • JON999

    Who but negros wants to watch negro movies…….Not the majority of America…..They are all the same….SEX ,Pimps and Drugs……Reality that Most do not feel it is worth the money to see in theaters. Call me a racist but we ALL know that the truth hurts….SUCK IT UP and put your big boy pants on

  • voidist

    this is the last time the rascists on the Oscar comittee can have thier say…..the changes being made
    are subtantial and more than half the old Boys Club will now get the chop…so to those
    writing rascist comments below…” you are history Baby “

    • Efreet

      are those people being replaced because of their race?

      what a disgusting display of hypocrisy.

      • voidist

        call it ” pay day “….a Progress from fascism

        • Efreet

          oh yeah, the Oscars, that bastion of fascism.

          …but at least you are not denying the hypocrisy.

        • Efreet

          literally as I was typing my reply to you something came on about how the grammys are “too male”. do you see the stupid behavior that you are encouraging?

          • voidist

            well off course you can get too P.C. here as well..I certainly would

            not like to encourage that kind of behaviour…may the best

            being win…male or female ..black or white….

            but to quote Brando…” it was never about talent in Hollywood”

            “it was only about ego”

        • Ann Sinclair

          Fascism … screech … screech …
          You have no clue what the word means.

    • Randy Henderson

      You’re racist comment makes you no better than them

  • Harvey Spectre

    They have their BET awards so why do the blacks still complain? If they do away with that then the blacks will be in the Oscars.

  • Harvey Spectre

    i’m so pimping right now

  • Harvey Spectre

    They can’t win because they just steal murder and rape. That is all they are good at

  • Patrick Caraway

    Haha do some actual research because he’s absolutely NOT right and the proof will slap you in the face

  • Efreet

    “…for what reason would black Americans choose more black actors for nominations, other than a racial bias on their own part?”
    I hope every self-hating white shitlib in the country reads your words.

  • greg po

    would it be considered racist to use race to get an advantage? would it be fair to other actors to reserve a spot for a black person?

    why don’t these sour grape losers just go back to africa and make that continent as great as america?

  • Fred Wilhelm

    Do you mean to tell me that a group of filthy rich successful black actors who live in mansions, fly in private jets and enjoy creature comforts (that the lower class can only dream of) are not getting a little fake gold statue called an Oscar?

  • Julian O’Neill

    LOL love the last paragraph! To paraphrase: ‘the films nominated and awarded by the white old fart out-of-touch, uncool, unhip, unchill judges are so dire ANYhow the blacks are better out of it’. OMFG how true that is. Hollywood has destroyed real cinema. it is the McDonalds of the film-world. And how many times are we gonna have to suffer those BOOM BOOB thudding scene edit transitions? EVERY gondamn film and preview and American TV programme has the same. Can noone have dissolving pixels or some thing. Sht!! Hollywood is the antitheisis of creative
    And by the way it is not that bandied about meaningless term ‘racism’, It is Blackophobia. They literally fear dark skin.

    • Bernard

      I like how you combine racism and ageism in the same sentence, with a little sexism implied as well. “White old Fart out of touch…(men).”

      Those same old white men were “out of touch” with the main stream 50 years ago as well when they created movie and television roles for black artists where none existed before.

      The members of the Academy are industry insiders, btw. They aren’t cotton farmers from Mississippi who come in once a year to “vote down them uppity Hollywood Coloreds.”

      Words matter. You can’t pretend you’re a Social Justice Warrior when you yourself stereotype people based on age, race and skin tone.

      Same goes for Chris Rock and his ignorant racist jokes. “Did it make you mad enough to slap a white man?” Many Asians are particularly disgusted today as well with the tone-deaf humor directed at them.

      • Julian O’Neill

        when ‘THEY’ created…? oh you mean the old white old farts. of course it couldn’t have anything to do with the blacks themselves, ey?

  • Jim Caldwell

    What is the evidence for rampant institutional racism in Hollywood, or even America for that matter? Did not see any in this article. No comments from people in elite Hollywood, no allegations of people being denied jobs, or even being called something derogatory.. Nada. Pretty ironic though…. how they arrogantly preach to the rest of us on all matters, believing their knowledge and position is superior on ALL things, and now are being accused of doing something themselves they condemn the rest of us little people for supposedly doing. Love it, you hypocrites. Another example of wide-spread allegations with no basis. Guilty until PROVEN innocent once more. It is a easy target though and they all clapped and not many will disagree.

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