The saying goes, “be careful what you wish for”.
Most people want a fairer, non–judgemental world for the future, but in reality when has the world ever been fair and non–judgemental?
Everyone has faced some sort of discrimination in their life at some stage.
The world we all live in now not only jumps at shadows but pro-actively looks for something that is just not there.
This politically correct agenda is simply ensuring protection from future lawsuits that in the past would not have even passed the pub test, let alone to make it to a courtroom.
Each generation wants to make it better for the one coming up behind.
Whether it was the invention of the washing machine, the dryer, the fridge or the microwave. These inventions alleviated so many burdens, traditionally undertaken by women, that a huge majority of people in 2020 would have no first– hand knowledge or memory of.
Improving on “our” today for “their” better future tomorrow has always been the way but given the events of recent years, I think we have stretched the rubber band too far to ever come back.
The Academy Awards (Oscars) announcement that new diversity measures must be adhered to in the future for the Best Picture category initially sound inclusive but as I have said, “be careful what you wish for.”
Just as we now have students gaming the school system and university so that they can pass their courses and exams, so too will this happen in the Oscars.
These diversity measures include addressing gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and disability.
The new rules will hold film productions and studios accountable for promoting so-called inclusion.
No-one is saying that improvements to any industry should not be done.
But, in layman’s terms, a movie that does not adhere to using the designated number of women, LGBTIQ, or non-white people will be ineligible under the rules which will apply from 2024.
But, much like every child winning a prize each time the music stops during pass-the-parcel and a layer is unwrapped, it seems like people cannot accept that in the Oscars, just like in life itself, some years it might be all men in a category and sometimes it will be all women that win.
The full list of the Oscars Best Picture winners in the last few decades shows an array of topics covered including ethnicity, religion, history, romance and science fiction.
But the list reflects what it is meant to reflect – the ‘Best Picture’ of the year.
Isn’t it ironic that the 2019 Korean film, “Parasite” won the Best Picture Oscar because it was a great movie. It is the first time since the awards were established in 1929, that an international film has won the top prize!
From 2024 onwards, all these new diversity measures will ensure that creativity is stifled, replaced by worry and a team of lawyers whose job it will be to make sure eligible films tick the right boxes.
The new rules mean that films must meet at least two of four benchmarks: a film must have one lead character or significant supporting character from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group; at least 30% of secondary roles must be from two under–represented groups; or the main storyline, theme or narrative must be focused on an under-represented group.
The definition of under-represented groups include women, people of colour, LGBTIQ + people or people with disabilities.
Similar criteria exist for people working behind the scenes.
So, just who will bring the mainstream balance back when it comes to the Oscars?
Who will call out the elephants in the room to Australian Cate Blanchett?
She recently said she does not like being called an actress calling it a pejorative term and prefers ‘actor’.
Blanchett has won two Oscars, Best Actress in 2014 for ‘Blue Jasmine’ and Best Supporting Actress in 2005 for ‘The Aviator’.
She was also nominated for Best Actress in 1999, 2008 and 2016 for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 and 2008.
Full credit to her winning them but once you have won something it is easy to get on a soapbox about how you do not want to be called an ‘actress’ but ‘an actor’.
Am I the only one wondering when she will hand back all her now-unwanted “actress” gongs?
Perhaps going back to those years when she won them if she was in the ‘Best Actor’ and not ‘Best Actress’ category, perhaps she would not have won them at all?
Men and women are different.
It is not a crime to admit that.
It is indeed a fact.
It will not take the brains of Einstein to work out that with this latest woke move, the Academy has, in fact, signed its own death warrant and the relevance of the Oscars will simply disappear.
These new Academy guidelines have already ensured that reverse discrimination is established, lawyers will get richer and audiences will lose out on simply watching a movie.
If you choose social media hashtags above reality or common sense, then you should #Becarefulwhatyouwishfor
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