An Academy member ranted over criticism that the Oscars snubbed Selma. Their reasoning sounds, well, racist.

First, let me say that I’m tired of all of this talk about “snubs” — I thought for every one of [the snubs] there was a justifiable reason. What no one wants to say out loud is that Selma is a well-crafted movie, but there’s no art to it. If the movie had been directed by a 60-year-old white male, I don’t think that people would have been carrying on about it to the level that they were. And as far as the accusations about the Academy being racist? Yes, most members are white males, but they are not the cast of Deliverance — they had to get into the Academy to begin with, so they’re not cretinous, snaggletoothed hillbillies. When a movie about black people is good, members vote for it. But if the movie isn’t that good, am I supposed to vote for it just because it has black people in it? I’ve got to tell you, having the cast show up in T-shirts saying “I can’t breathe” [at their New York premiere] — I thought that stuff was offensive. Did they want to be known for making the best movie of the year or for stirring up shit? 

If black people wearing shirts that “I Can’t Breathe” — a statement that #BlackLivesMatter, is a problem for this member, than it sounds like this member has an issue with black people declaring that their human. The only “shit” they were “stirring up” is the shit that needs to stirred up — think racism and police brutality.

h/t Colorlines

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