I have to say I wasn’t really feeling for or against the whole Chris Rock debate that was going on, and the discussion…and more of discussion and debate…and then sheer resignation. So, let’s get back to that debate part with a rant from someone who previously didn’t give a hoot.
What the hell is the host of the Oscars doing slamming them in public and insinuating all manner of things? Why hasn’t the Academy (Oscar producer Gil Cates in particular) gotten off their asses and sacked this guy to pull in someone who is a) funny and b) doesn’t obtain what little comic value they have by openly belittling such serious and well respected award ceremonies as well as their current employers and the people paying them money?
Why the sudden change and outburst? Well, check out his latest rant from Virgin, and likewise half the Internet:
“I never watched the Oscars. Come on, it’s a fashion show,” Rock recently declared.
“What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? Show me one! Awards for art are f***ing idiotic.” When asked what he will be wearing to the show he continued his rant. “Nothing against people who aren’t straight, but what straight guy that you know cares? Who gives a f***?” said Rock.
That’s not all of it either, some reports have him talking about a hell of a lot more. This guy is a prize twat. These are your employers you are talking about, and the most respected Film Awards ceremony in the world. Hopefully your film chances are now down the tubes, oh, forgive me, I’ve just seen your film record, they already are.
“Simply put, this is a disgrace,” one veteran Hollywood mogul, who asked not to be identified, said from Los Angeles. “This guy is out there saying ‘awards for art are f***ing idiotic’ and he is hosting the show produced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences? I guess the joke is on us!”
Straight up it is (this is difficult, I’m thinking one word then instantly changing to much more acceptable language while typing!). I wouldn’t dare start talking to the press and stating that all the customers of the company I work for are idiots who are also gay (please note that was a similar example of what Chris Rock has said, and in no way do I think the customers of one of the largest financial institutions in Europe are idiots or any other derogatory statement, neither do I believe being gay is negative term or choice of life). What would happen to me? Well I would be sacked immediately and I would no doubt see law suits galore heading my way.
So what does the Producer of the Oscars think? Immediate action perchance? The Oscars reputation and ethics have been brought into question, as well as their panel of voters and their entire audience. Oh yes, here’s what we do, courtesy of the Guardian:
“The Academy is excited about Chris Rock hosting this year’s Oscar telecast and looking forward to a very funny evening with him,” Cates told Reuters. “Chris’s comments over the past few weeks are meant to be humorous digs at the show that some people, obviously including Chris himself, think maybe a bit too stuffy.”
Pause for reflection. Deep breath. What the…? Oh, so I can say all those things in a humorous way now can I? Fantastic. I’m going on record about my employers tomorrow. Give me strength.
They need to change the host. I don’t care how late it is, replace him. Get Stephen Fry in, he’s very funny. What can we expect from the show? A continuous stream of slagging of the Academy, the nominees, the winners, past winners, etc, etc, etc. Not big, not clever, note respectful, not good marketing, and not very intelligent. I’ll wait for the write up’s now thanks.