“Selma” was snubbed in Hollywood. Again. Big time. But this time the backlash is real against Hollywood and the Academy. Twitter and social media pundits are blowing up the Internet with the red-hot hashtag #oscarssowhite.
What does this snub say about the “pop culture of whiteness” in a supposedly post-racial America? Why is it so hard for black-centric movies, narratives and nominees to get award show love? Or is this a symptom of something more larger and insidious?
The host of BOLD, LeGrande Green is a four-time Emmy winner and the former supervising senior producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” An African-American Princeton graduate, he brings his broadcasting and entertainment chops to the table when he interviews blogger Matt Rozsa. (Salon, Daily Dot, Mic, The Good Men Project).
Today, they explore Matt’s controversial Salon article (“Five Reasons White Pride is Always Racist”) and address these some hot button questions:
• How the Selma snub ties into current events (Ferguson, police brutality, the Charlie Hebdo massacre)
• Why the Academy is severely out of touch with moviegoers
• Why Spielberg’s “Lincoln” got so much love (and “Selma” didn’t)
• Why some theorize Oprah was robbed (again) after last year’s “The Butler”