Talking to French radio station Europe 1 on Friday, Rampling criticized the diversity demands as being “racist to whites,” and went on with some ugly comments about black actors:
“One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list … Why classify people? These days everyone is more or less accepted.”
Really? Blaming the actors??
Black actors were part of some of this year’s best films, Charlotte!! There was plenty of buzz over Straight Outta Compton when it came out — it just disappeared from the actual nominations.
After the French interviewer mentioned African-American members of the entertainment industry feel like minorities, Rampling dropped the ever-so-precious “no comment,” and then proceeded to sum it up with even more short-sighted views:
“People will always say: ├óΓé¼╦£Him, he’s less handsome’; ├óΓé¼╦£Him, he’s too black’; ├óΓé¼╦£He is too white’ … someone will always be saying ├óΓé¼╦£You are too’ [this or that] … But do we have to take from this that there should be lots of minorities everywhere?”
Sigh. Is she implying that there shouldn’t be minorities at the Oscars?
If not, we can’t really make heads or tails of her comments.
Look, this is pretty simple: what people are taking from #OscarsSoWhite is that deserving minority actors and filmmakers shouldn’t be disproportionately ignored when compared to white awards contenders.
If that threatens you, or if you believe demanding equality at an award show is “racist to whites,” well, that says more about you than it does anyone else.
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