Cover story: Where’s the diversity at the Oscars? – CNN.com. If I were a spaniard, I really wouldn’t how to feel about the following sentence:
This year there was a decided dearth of diversity in the Oscar nominations. There are no women or people of color among the director nominees, and the acting nominees are all white. Javier Bardem, who is up for best actor for his role in “Biutiful,’ is a Spaniard and therefore European.
Does CNN mean that Bardem is not white enough, but as European does not qualify as a minority anyway?No matter how you try to read the paragraph, the lasting impression is one of smugness and concealed racism (BTW, there’s no reverse racism, only racism). “Gee, I’m Lisa Respers France, my name is trendy enough that somebody could think I’m an actress, but no, I’m a movie critic, and I’m an arbiter of fairness, too. As the old saying goes, Europe starts on the Pyrenees, that means Javi is not white enough, but Spain is a member of the European Union, and that means he’s not a minority member.”
I won’t be hitting too hard this time, there is the possibility that she made an unfortunate choice of words. So I waiting for a rectification. Should I sit down or what?
- Report: Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem Welcome a Boy! (omg.yahoo.com)
- “Javier Bardem Oscar Nominated For Biutiful” and related posts (latingossip.com)
- Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem’s Baby: It’s A Boy (huffingtonpost.com)
- Javier Bardem offered ‘Dark Tower’ lead role (hollywoodnews.com)