The 87th ceremony of Oscars will be hold on 22th of February 2015 and we want to propose you a different approach. Usually, traditional media answer the same questions over and over again about Hollywood. What was the best movie of the year? The best actor? The best actress? The best scenario? We are not interested to talk about the same subjects than others and we are going to answer another question: is Hollywood racist?
Let’s go back 100 years ago. In 1915, the first Hollywood movie having success was The Birth of a Nation. This was a mute film telling the story of 2 families during Civil War. This movie, from the producer D. W. Griffith, was considered as the 1st Hollywood blockbuster. In the movie, white people with make-up play the roles of black people. The black people are described as illiterates, corrupts, impolite, dangerous and sexually hyper-actives. Fortunately in the movie, a liberation army is here: the KKK (Ku Klux Klan). The New York Post described this movie as the most racist movie in history. If you check the critics of The Birth of a Nation, you will find it has the best reviews on the website Rotten Tomatoes with an incredible 100% and is still considered in the top 50 Hollywood movies of all time by specialists.
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We can deduct that Hollywood is historically racist but is it still the case now?
Lots of complaints have been made to Hollywood the past few years saying that Black people can have good roles and even get awards but only when they have a submissive role. That was the case with the movie 12 years a slave. We can also have a look to the hosts of the Oscars ceremony the past 10 years. They are all considered as ‘good whites’:
- Neil Patrick Harris in 2015
- Ellen DeGeneres in 2014 and 2007
- Seth MacFarlane in 2013
- Billy Cristal in 2012
- James Franco and Anne Hathaway in 2011
- Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin in 2010
- Hugh Jackman in 2009
- Jon Stewart in 2008 and 2006
Peanuts Daily had the chance to meet one of the main promoters of the Oscars:
We choose a black host every 10 years on average. This is good enough. We will have 1 probably next year or in 2 years max and then around 2025-2030. That’s a cycle. We cannot give them the hosting more often: people would be shocked. We give them 2nd role presenters and they should thank us for it. Eddie Murphy will be one of them for example.
We were astonished by this testimony. We don’t know if people would be shocked to have black people hosting the Oscars more often but such a statement shocked us. The Oscars are obviously not ready for an Asian-American host.
After analysis, we can now say that Hollywood is racist for 100 years and many years to come. Let’s hope the 87th ceremony of Oscars will award at least 1 black people for a non-submissive role.[See related articles covering racism: Harvard is racist – US justice racist or fair? – Nelson Mandela impersonator]
Author: Ms. Murphy, Brittany.