Friday, July 1, 2022

Get Over it: Lee Daniels Doesn’t Care if the ‘Oscars Are So White’ (VIDEO)

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*Lee Daniels is not letting Hollywood’s anti-black attitude and the lack of diversity among the Oscars nominees stop him from being great.

“I’m going to be me,” he says. And he’s suggesting that his fellow thespians follow suit.

In an interview with the New York Times  last month, Daniels became frustrated by the mention of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy during a segment exploring his new Fox music drama, “Star.”

The Academy-award winning director chalks his success up to his outlook regarding racism: he doesn’t think about it or speak about it, so therefore it doesn’t exist in his world.

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Star Actresses Brittany O'Grady, Ryan Destiny, and Jude Demorest pose with director Lee Daniels backstage during the 2016 ESSENCE Festival presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
‘Star’ Actresses Brittany O’Grady, Ryan Destiny, and Jude Demorest pose with director Lee Daniels backstage during the 2016 ESSENCE Festival presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In the video below, Daniels discusses his anti-embracing view of racism in a chat with “The Real” hosts.

“If I had thought that way — that the world was against me — I wouldn’t be here now,” he said to The Times. “These whiny people that think they’re owed something are incomprehensible and reprehensible to me. I don’t expect acknowledgment or acceptance from white America. I’m going to be me.”

Daniels claims that if he embraced racism, he would eventually become “an angry black man.”

“I wouldn’t be where I was if I embraced racism,” he said on the show at the time. “If I embraced it, then it became real. And if it became real, I would be an angry black man.”

He’s encouraging black creatives with big Hollywood dreams to “Go out and do the work. Oscars so white! So what? Do your work. Let your legacy speak and stop complaining, man. Are we really in this for the awards?”

Watch below as Daniels responds to critics of his comments about “Star” when he appeared on “The Real.”

Meanwhile, while Lee prefers to avoid making white folks uncomfortable by speaking about racism, he’s always quick to throw black women under the bus. This seems to be a common reaction among gay black males who prefer white peen.

Chile bye….? … y’all know what I meant!

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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