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Spike Lee
Spike Lee
November 14, 2015. Director Spike Lee accepts an Honorary Award at the 7th Annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, California. Spike said it is easier for a black person to become President of the United States than head of a Hollywood studio or network. | Photo: Reuters | Spike Lee, Oscars, Academy Award, Ungrateful, Director, Glasses, Racism,

Are the Oscars too white?

So many people are up in arms because the Oscars are "too white" this year. If you care enough about awards that the film industry gives to itself that you actually know the racial makeup of the nominees, then you're taking it WAY too seriously.

I will admit that, many years ago, I cared about who won the Oscars. I wanted my favorite movies to win. But peel back the curtain for a second.

The Oscars (and the Grammys, and the Golden Globes, and whatever other awards shows are out there) amount to little more than industry insiders handing out trophies to other industry insiders...and these days, it seems like a good number of the awards are more political than anything else, especially if they're expected to ensure that the racial makeup of Oscar nominees doesn't end up leaning "too white."

If the racial makeup of Oscar nominees is something you're genuinely concerned about, I encourage you to boycott the Oscars. Just stop watching them...and I don't mean just for this year. Stop watching them for the rest of all time. There are so many more important issues in the world at any given time than which Hollywood actor/director will be granted the privilege of taking home a little statue of a genderless golden Icon to the God of Hollywood.

And when you finally come to the realization that Hollywood's self-congratulatory festivities just aren't worth your time, you will be a better person for it. Trust me.

Participation Trophy
Participation Trophy

A trophy is a reward for a specific achievement, and serves as recognition or evidence of merit. A Participation Trophy is given just for participating, win or lose. Trophies are most often awarded for sporting events, from youth sports to professional level athletics. | Photo: AF Branco | Link | Participation Trophy, Medal, Oscar, Academy Award, Loser, Winner, Cartoon, Satire,

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