The Pardu

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Race Continues As Manifest Problems For Some Of Our Celebrity Heroes.

Race as an issue for celebrities.

As far back as my memory serves me, I have maintained an indifference to the common tendency to latch onto to celebrities, following their every move, oogle and google over their everyday lives, and basically worship their very existence. More simply put I am a paparazzi's nightmare.

Do you have any interest in why I strictly abhor "star worship?" The reason involves managing my psyche and knowing the reality of human nature with caution regarding the inner core of those we literally make millionaires and billionaires. We via entertaining ourselves bestow wealth and celebrity without regard to their potential impact on the well-being of those who pay for their wares.

Of course, I purchase movie theater tickets, and yes, I view many movies over the course of a year. 

Movie viewing for me means I pay my fare for entertainment and leave the adoration and celebrity worship in the movie theater. Thought of a good movie, theatrical play or song does not (for me) translation into any sense of "love for, worship or, or interest in" the entertainer beyond their craft venue. In more simple terms, my interest in celebrity ends once the credits start to roll. 

One reason for my aversion to following every move, whim and beck of celebrities, is the simple fact we know nothing about the real person.

How did you feel one you show or heard this?

Michael Richards...Los Angeles stand-up comedy club routine and the after math of a bit of heckling.  It is ugly to put it mildly. (2:47 minutes).

How many of you would tune-in each week for episodes of Seinfeld with that guy as a central comedic twist? During Seinfeld's reign at the top of television rating, my sets never once stopped on the show. A bit of decades later solace in the reality of never having contribute one second to Michael Richards and for that matter Seinfeld. You simply must to know it was impossible for Jerry Seinfeld to not know his co-star harbored ugly just below with surface racist undercurrents . Of course, a supposition on my part, but one I feel comfortable in asserting. 

Mel Gibson phone call to his ex-wife.

Mr. Heart Throb of the "Lethal Weapon" Movies series and a highly regarded person among his black admirers. I will wager his wife and other knew the real Gibson: an Australian racist

How about this one? Woody Allen and his self-imposed scripted form of discrimination.  Salon last July (2014).

Report: Woody Allen won’t hire a black actor unless he “writes a story that requires it”

A New York Observer profile of the director tries--and fails--to redeem Allen's floundering image
Report: Woody Allen won't hire a black actor unless he "writes a story that requires it"

No matter the angle Allen's creative inclinations are biased by his deep rooted perception of the "role of the black person." 

And, some executives in the industry also practice its form of disparate treatment under the guise of international market's lack of interest in African-American leading actors. Sony Pictures is of particular note. 

An unnamed producer wrote in an email to Sony chairman Michael Lynton that films with black actors — using Denzel Washington in The Equalizer as an example — don’t perform well because the international audiences are “racist,” according to documents found in the Sony hack.  
The producer suggested that the two-time Oscar winner should not star in big-budget films as the international audience will not accept him in a leading role because of his race. 
“I believe that the international motion picture audience is racist — in general pictures with an African American lead don’t play well overseas. When Sony made Equalizer they had to know that Denzel opens pics domestically, however the international gross would be somewhat limited,” the producer wrote in an Oct. 27 e-mail. 
Lynton wrote back asking if he was saying The Equalizer “shouldn’t have been made or that African American actors should be excluded?” 
“No, I am not saying ‘The Equalizer’ should not have been made or that African American actors should not have been used (I personally think Denzel is the best actor of his generation),” the producer responded. “Casting him is saying we’re ok with a double if the picture works,” the producer wrote, using a baseball analogy. 
Washington is “reliable at the domestic [box office], safe, but has not had a huge success in years. I believe whenever possible the non event pictures, extra ‘bets’ should have a large inherent upside and be made for the right price. Here there isn’t a large inherent upside,” the producer wrote. 
The producer also wrote that he or she hoped the statement wasn’t “inappropriate or provocative.” 
The Equalizer grossed about $191 million worldwide. Approximately $90 million was earned overseas. The producer said this figure would have been higher if a black man wasn’t in the lead role.
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The Wrap also published a piece regarding Allen.

Of the many criticisms that have plagued Woody Allen throughout his illustrious career, one is quantifiable: He has rarely cast actors of color in his films, despite having released a movie every year since 1977. 
In April, the New York Daily News fanned the flames of that long-simmering criticism by reporting that the Oscar-winner actively did not want to cast any black actors in the Zach Braff-starring musical adaptation of “Bullets Over Broadway,” despite the fact that it takes place in Harlem’s Cotton Club. 
In a new interview in the New York Observer, Allen shot down the accusations of racial bias — but didn’t exactly promise to fill his next films with a diverse group of performers. 
“Not unless I write a story that requires it,” said Allen whose new movie, “Magic in the Moonlight,” is out in theaters. “You don’t hire people based on race. You hire people based on who is correct for the part. The implication is that I’m deliberately not hiring black actors, which is stupid. I cast only what’s right for the part. Race, friendship means nothing to me except who is right for the part.”

Let's skip a current nominee for Best Actor Oscar nomination. Maybe, the actor embodies the very sentiment expressed via supposedly private Sony executive email. 

Benedict Cumberbatch and his perception of the black of the black actor. During a segment on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS the actor spoke as such.

“I think as far as coloured actors go, it gets really different in the UK, and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here [in America] than in the UK, and that’s something that needs to change,” Cumberbatch said last week. 

While Smiley did not question the vernacular, a troubling thought, the actors comments did not set well across social media Isn't it sad social media to police our world when millionaires like Smiley sit across from guests who use references to a people that are to put it mildly Jim Crowish. Benedict Cumberbatch is not an American and his "black" friends are not African-American, however.... If we consider the actors vernacular from a much deeper perspective, one would think he would be much more worldly and sensitive to people who he befriended and who purchase movie tickets. 

When race is so negatively manifest in those who earn millions via ticket sales, rest assured it is an issue that has bubbled to the top of social issues worldwide. 

Tragically, people are not taking a stand against creeping racism and racially insensitively acts.  

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