Black People Don’t Own a Sony, MGM, or Lions Gate, So It’s Dumb to Demand We Have “Our Own” Oscars

Black People Don’t Own a Sony, MGM, or Lions Gate, So It’s Dumb to Demand We Have  “Our Own” Oscars
January 22 09:59 2016 Print This Article

by Yvette Carnell

After Will Smith’s comments supporting his wife Jada’s decision not to attend the Oscars, I keep hearing people say we should have “our own” Oscars. That just underscores for me how much black people don’t understand about our class status in this country.

How are we going to have our own Oscars when we don’t have our own blockbusters? How are we going to put on our own Oscars when we don’t own a Dreamworks, MGM, Lions Gate, Viacom, Weinstein Company, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Co., Sony or Time Warner? Riddle me that Batman? Oprah Winfrey’s a billionaire but ‘The Butler’ was still produced by The Weinstein Co., so what does that tell you about all that ‘black wealth’ you all obsess over? And how are we going to celebrate the arts when 30% of black children live in poverty? We can’t even afford to feed ourselves and you want to talk to me about having our own Oscars?

Furthermore, the celebration of art is generally geared toward a Leisure Class of people who have enough free time (and money) to sip champagne and contemplate brush strokes. Many of these folks in Hollywood have family members who’ve worked in cinema or art. Meanwhile, your hood is being gutted by austerity and those art programs up and left a long time ago.

The Oscars is a representation of CLASS in this country. Will and Jada can show up or stay home. It doesn’t matter either way, because they don’t OWN any of it. They don’t own any of what they’re fighting over. The best they’ll ever do is show up in movies that white people finance. And you get nominated twice for an Oscar, Will Smith, and this is how you react? The blowback to this will be fierce, I’m sure. Sony heads were already making racist jokes, and now you wanna go mess with their big party? Good luck with that and Godspeed.

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Watchful
Watchful

This whole 'controversy' is a whole lotta noise about nuthin'.  Nuthin' will change and blk ppl will continue to flock to the theaters to pay to see what is mostly garbage produced by Hollyweird whether the faces on the screen or behind the cameras r blk. That's the reality.

MaweluluOnwuku
MaweluluOnwuku

Sorry Yvette i get ur point.. WE may not have as many. but if WE internationalize it with Nollywood etc. along with our own "Code Black Entertainment, Black owned


Tyler Perry Studios, Black owned


Harpo Productions, Black owned


Open Rivers Pictures, Black owned"  

WE can SO CAN DO OUR OWN THANG!!!


anthony4422
anthony4422

@MaweluluOnwuku All of these so called Black owned facilities, has JEW financing behind them.  Ostensibly it may appear as if you own it, but the man who controls the purse strings, calls the shots.

bizunsasha
bizunsasha

Yvette Carnell,

Code Black Entertainment, Black owned


Tyler Perry Studios, Black owned


Harpo Productions, Black owned


Open Rivers Pictures, Black owned


Not to mention all the smaller multimedia platforms who produce high quality work that are Black owned, such as Issa Rae's Awkward Black Girl series, and Black and Sexy TV, (who, coincidentally, held their own awards show..) 


This took ten minutes, a Google search bar, and a keyboard. I get that you're mad, but when that anger prevents you from looking for receipts, you cut yourself off at the knees. Having our own awards show and celebrating ourselves IS possible, and we shouldn't have to be rich to do that...

TinaSue
TinaSue

Many years ago, before the Civil Rights Era, Black people did make their own movies.  We have gotten off track with many things.  This push for intergration hurt us.

Najuma
Najuma

@TinaSue No Tina, it did not hurt us to integrate, we forgot to share our progress with other groups facing discrimination