Vapid arguments about boycotting the equally vapid Oscars rage on with “Black Hollywood” dragging us into their tantrums. Do any of them hankering for awards ever marched on a BlackLifeMatters campaign?
Do they ever boycott Louis Vuitton, Versace, Armani or some fat Italian geeser with a cigar in his mouth and instead, choose to promote talented unknown African designers when they flash their teeth on the red carpet?
In 2014, “Best Supporting Actress”, a Kenyan, Lupita Nyong’o’s graced the red carpet at the Oscars. Her look was described as “GRECIAN, in a custom Prada gown, 18-karat headband by Fred Leighton”. Oh, she won an award for a re-run of “ROOTS”. White people just love congratulating us for remembering the emasculation of our kings.
As recently as 1918, Mary Turner, a 21-year-old black woman, was lynched in Lowndes County, Georgia. The mob of several hundred white men tied her ankles, hung her upside down from a tree, doused her in gasoline and motor oil and set her on fire. While Turner was still alive, a member of the mob split her abdomen open with a knife. Her unborn child fell on the ground, where it gave a cry before it was stomped on and crushed.
Mary’s story will never make “mainstream”. Too uncomfortable. “Mainstream” edits what it spends its money on and has become accustomed to shamelessly appropriating aspects of black culture they want.
Elvis Presley sneaked behind the juke joints and listened to the heart-wrenching lyrics black folk were belting out and became “King of Rock and Roll.” The Beach Boys stole Chuck Berry’s lyrics. Elizabeth Taylor became Cleopatra. Our African braids became the Bo Derek Look. Now a white man will play Michael Jackson in a film. Oh yes, Joss Stone won Billboard’s reggae award. So what? WE know the truth, we do not need to watch their nonsense.
Since 1953, only 31 from 2,947 Oscars have gone to black actors. Are these modern hangers-on so naive that they did not realise “mainstream” flashes them off its frock tails whenever it suits the society?
Disingenuous at best. Hypocritical at worse.