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I've Been Boycotting the Oscars for Years

Alicia Colon

By Alicia Colon

Published Jan. 27, 2016

..and It has nothing to do with the color of the nominees. The proposed boycott of the broadcast by Hollywood's overrated, overpaid and untalented celebrities is a joke but so typical of the hypocritical liberal mindset that reigns in La La land. For many years I was a die hard movie buff who woke up to the cold hard fact that the Oscars no longer meant a reward for good acting but was instead the result of good marketing. That epiphany came in 1965 after Lee Marvin's performance in Cat Ballou bested Rod Steiger's The Pawnbroker. Still I shouldered on watching the glam fest from Hollywood because the stars were still worth watching. That was then. Not any more.

That all came to an end in 1999 when Shakespeare in Love beat out the incredible Saving Private Ryan, the only film that left me in tears, visibly shaken at the sacrifices made in WWII. Nevertheless, Miramax and co-founder Harvey Weinstein used the hard sell campaign for Shakespeare and forever sullied the integrity of the award.

In 2010, I wrote this about my ongoing Oscar boycott for Breitbart's Big Hollywood:

"After "The Sixth Sense" lost to the amoral, "American Beauty," a film that titillated us with the obsession of statutory rape, I lost all interest in wasting one more second watching overdressed, unglamorous denizens of a sick, sick town."

As for this current brouhaha about the 'white' Oscars,it is beyond laughable. Now chiming in to join the spurned black actors threatening the #OscarsSoWhite boycott are the liberals like Danny Devito who dares to say about this country, "We're a bunch of racists." This diminutive, very lucky man should be kissing this 'racist' country's behind for having been given the opportunity to become a millionaire in spite of his shortcomings.

As an American of Hispanic heritage who grew up in a Spanish Harlem slum when the movies and all of television was white, I just have to say, "So What?" I was watching television then from the mean streets of the barrio and usually from a neighbor's house because we couldn't yet afford a TV set. My perspective of the era is skewed in favor of the sitcoms and variety shows that presented an escape from my own reality.

I don't recall having a single thought about why there weren't more Hispanics, blacks, Asians or any ethnic roles other than white. By the mid 1960's, my family had moved out of the rat-infested tenement and were lucky to move into a housing project but we were still in crime ridden Spanish Harlem. Eventually the Age of Aquarius arrived in full bloom and television producers' liberal guilt presupposed that people like me could not identify with the characters on prime time TV. Thus we were treated to the stereotypes of "Chico and the Man" and "Good Times." We were supposed to be thrilled at seeing minorities like ourselves on the little screen. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I could relate better to "The Goldbergs" than to Chico and I could never understand why the NAACP forced the cancellation of "Amos and Andy." The character Kingfish was no less of a buffoon than Ralph Kramden or Lou Costello. For that matter, I found Jimmie Walker's "Dy-no-mite" or Gary Coleman's, "watchoo talking about, Willis," to be even worse

Perhaps TV and Movie producers should take a gander at one memorable film that comes to mind in relation to the subject of entertainment for the masses- 'Sullivan's Travels." It's a story of a director noted for making comedies who decides that he wants to direct a serious drama about the troubles of the downtrodden poor. In order to relate to the harsher side of life, he sets off to experience life as a hobo without any cash or identification. He ends up being arrested in a case of circumstantial evidence and sent to a chain gang where he meets the harsh vagaries of prison life.

When Sullivan the Director starts out he has the same romantic idea of the less fortunate that many Hollywood liberal celebrities have today. What he learns during his experience is that people live within the constraints of their own design set from their personal experiences and moral fiber.

During a respite from the prisoners' harsh routine, they are all treated to movie night and laugh heartily throughout the comedy feature. Sullivan joins in and when he is finally rescued from jail and the studio tells him that he can make his dramatic film, he tells them he wants to continue making movies that bring joy and laughter to the lives of those who have little to laugh about.

I doubt that the powers that be in Hollywood and the entertainment industry care that much about anything but making money. Award Shows are all self-congratulatory and ultimately boring.

Here's hoping that many, many more of the whining, black liberal racists boycott the 2016 Oscars. It will be a real treat for Americans not to have to endure their presence in that audience. I hope they realize that producers with a spine will not be seeking these lukewarm talents for future projects. Tsk, Tsk.

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