I can’t comment on everything, and the spectacle of Al Sharpton going after Hollywood for shutting out black faces from Oscar consideration falls under the heading of letting your adversaries attack each other while you enjoy from the sidelines (with popcorn, appropriately enough).
DEROY MURDOCK, NATIONAL REVIEW: I heard Al Sharpton’s organizing an emergency meeting. This is great news. Finally we’ll have an emergency meeting on the black unemployment rate which is about 10.4% versus about 5.6 overall, or that maybe it’s an emergency meeting on the fact that 32% of black kids never get out of high school, never graduate high school? Or maybe an emergency meeting over the fact that in 2013 about 5,600 black people were murdered by other black people, but it turns out to be about the Academy Awards. Given all the problems facing black Americans today, it seems like Al Sharpton ought to organize a whole bunch of other emergency meetings on real emergencies before he has a total freakout about how the Academy Awards are playing themselves out…
Look, these statistics are interesting that the Academy’s 93% white, 76% male. Presumably, this is some kind of white male anti-black conspiracy. These same alleged racists just last year — last year, Hollywood didn’t look like the Rocky Mountains, it looked more like Mount Kilimanjaro. 12 Years A Slave won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay.
So just a year ago it was a huge pageant of black cinematic achievement.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good shakedown, as the saying goes.