Monday, March 6, 2006

Clooney: Proud to be Out of Touch

Source: The Hollywood Blacklist

While I admit that given the circumstances it could have been a lot worse. The Academy Awards were for the most part an uneventful, apolitical presentation. The only exception was George Clooney’s pompous and self-serving acceptance speech when he received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the ‘blood-for-oil’ drama, Syriana. Just goes to show that pretty boy George is full of hot-air.

Here is an excerpt from his acceptance speech …
And finally, I would say that, you know, we are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while, I think. It’s probably a good thing. Uhm, we’re the ones who talk about AIDS when it was just being whispered. And we talked about civil rights when it wasn’t really popular. And we, uh, you know, we bring up subjects…we are the ones…this Academy, this group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I’m proud to be a part of this Academy. I’m proud to be part of this community. I’m proud to be out of touch.

Yep, all hail Hollywood. If it weren’t for them, blacks would still be getting the short end of the stick in movie industry and Africa would still be inflicted by AIDS. Oh, wait! Africa is still afflicted by AIDS. But at least they’ve alerted the world to the problem. This affliction could be eliminated altogether if the celebrities would amass their egregious fortunes, but why do that? That would be too self-sacrificing. Let others less wealthy shoulder the burden. Additionally, wasn’t the NAACP biting at the bit just a short few years ago about the black community, especially women, being underrepresented by the Academy? Is that not why Halle Berry was selected as the token recipient of the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball? Yeah, Hollywood solves all our problems.