Wednesday, April 21, 2021

‘Selma’ Oscar Snub: People ‘Tired of Being Bombarded with Race ’ – Anthony Mackie

*Could it be a case of the right film arriving in theaters at the wrong time?

In a classic WTH moment, Anthony Mackie narrowed down the reason that “Selma” wasn’t recognized with more Oscar nominations, saying the film’s subject matter is a turn off for moviegoers.

“Selma”’s Oscar snub comes as this year’s nominees in the major acting categories are all white. The Ava DuVernay-directed film generated a total gross of $29 million since its limited release on Christmas after earning $11.5 million over the MLK holiday weekend

“People are just tired of being bombarded with race right now,” Mackie told thegrio.com. “So everybody is shying away from certain topics and certain movies.”

Instead of playing the race card, Mackie stated his belief that the Oscars aren’t being discriminatory. In his eyes, they’re simply rewarding the best the film industry has to offer this year.

“If you look at all the movies and actors that are nominated, they all gave damn good performances,” he said. “Me specifically, if that’s something I want, I have to step my game up. I have to do better movies and I have to act better.”

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Continuing on his Oscar soapbox, Mackie pointed out that African-American actors are disadvantaged when it comes to receiving more Oscar-worthy roles because “Hollywood believes that there’s no market overseas for black actors.”

“They say that about Denzel Washington, they say they have no foreign value,” the entertainer explained to the Grio. “If we’re not financing and doing our own stories, we can’t expect to see ourselves come award season.”

As if that weren’t enough, Mackie gave his two cents on the nationwide protests that have been held recently against racial profiling as he criticized a particular hairstyle worn by many black males.

“Like my nephew wanted to grow dreadlocks. I’m like fine, I’ll sit you down and I’ll watch The First 48 with you and everybody you see on that show, that’s doing something wrong, they’re black dudes with dreadlocks. So, do you want to be seen as part of the problem or do you want to be an individual?” said Mackie, who will next be seen with Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer in the film “Black or White” when arrives in theaters Jan. 30.

“Let’s just say you have locks and you walking down the street. The police pull you over and say you fit the description of somebody. You start yelling and arguing with the cops. Next thing you know you pressed up against the wall going to jail for something you’re not even involved in just because you look like somebody and you don’t know how to handle yourself,” Mackie said.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the world according to Anthony Mackie. Feel free to weigh in on his views below:

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9 COMMENTS

  1. What he stated has merit!

    Although I thought Selma was a good film, and directed well, I do not feel that it was the best film/directed. Don’t know If anyone has seen any of the other films, but the Clent Eastwood film was excellent in my opinion.

    Sometimes we must stop thinking with only emotion, and realize that because a black film is in the mix does not mean it is the best or it should win.

  2. This dude perpetuated a bunch of stereotypes, and basically said, it’s our fault for being black. WTF?

    There is no such thing as appeasing white folks, fool. We have the right to go anywhere in this nation with the expectation of not being molested by anyone for simply being black.

    He sounds like Geraldo Rivera to me. “If Trayvon wasn’t wearing that Hoodie, he wouldn’t have gotten killed.” GTFOH with this B.S.

    “People are tired of being bombarded with race.” Well they’re not as tired as we are of being mistreated because of our race. What is the eff is this guy talking about??????

    Sorry, but I ain’t buying his “blame the victim” crap, or his “we have to show massa what good negroes we can be,” B.S.

    How about racist creeps leave us the hell alone, and just accept us their fellow human beings who have a right to be anywhere we want to be just like them.

    Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Ezell Ford, and countless others were just trying to live, and they were confronted by ruthless murderers, and it’s their fault because they try hard enough to be like “other” Amerikkkans… WTF?

    Negro please wake up, and get a clue…

    • Clint Eastwood is one of the best directors in the industry. You can’t be paid to go see anything made by Clint Eastwood, but I’d be will to bet my forty acres and mule you can be seen front and center whenever Madea shows up on the big screen.

  3. And as usual, you are one delusional bitch kay (aka, yak, yak).

    I don’t go for “Madea” or any other man dressed as a woman doing the “Steppin Fetchit” thing.

    Just goes to show how ignorant your stupid ass is, again. You don’t know a damn thing about me, and your dumb ass comment proves that one more time.

    Clint Eastwood is a closet bigot, and I don’t like him. I used to think dude was solid back in the day. All of the jazz, and films about jazz that he’s a fan of made me think that he was on the up. But that was my ignorance.

    White men have always loved our women, our music, etc. So, again that was my ignorance regarding Eastwood.

    The “Dirty Harry” movies should have given me a clue. Especially, “Magnum Force.” But admittedly, I was out to lunch.

    After doing a bit of homework on that crazy, closet bigot, I don’t like what I see and hear. And you can’t do a damn thing about that, yak, yak. Dude is a straight racist…

  4. @nicky Jackson so on point..,,disappointed with Anthony Mackie views what happened to Afiricans in this country is what happened .These are American stories we can’t shy away from what happened and these stories need to be told. Race is a subject that needs to spoken about if we are to have true equality for all in America!

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