Forced diversity, equity, and inclusion will be coming to a theater near you this Summer, as the Academy of Arts and Sciences is now requiring specific quotas be met so a film can be considered for Best Picture. Of course, it’s not as if moviegoers haven’t been force-fed diversity anyway in the last few years.
Hollywood has been pushing forced diversity in movie-goers’ faces for several years. It was subtle initially, but in the last few years, it has become so overt and ridiculous that audiences are pushing back. It has become commonplace to replace traditionally white roles, such as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” with black actors, and every movie now seems to have an LGBTQ storyline that often doesn’t even advance the picture.
It’s all because the industry has bowed to the demands of a statistically small segment of society, and the results are in. Movie-goers aren’t feeling it. Hollywood has dropped more bombs in the last several years than a B-52, and every weekend, it seems to include a hyped release with woke themes that falls flat on its face.
From “The Little Mermaid” to Billy Eichner’s dreadful gay comedy “Bros” to Disney’s inappropriate kid’s movie “Strange World,” audiences are saving their money and staying away.
The Oscars has “inclusivity rules” in order to qualify for Best Picture 2024
Films must make “underrepresented” groups 30% of the cast, the main actors, or the plot of the entire storyline pic.twitter.com/00FtFeJ7fU
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) June 18, 2023
So, how do you save a dying industry? Apparently, if you are the governing body for the Academy Awards, you install quotas for forced diversity in order to qualify for Best Picture! What could go wrong?
Insiders in Hollywood are livid at the new standards being installed, and though many are afraid to speak out, legendary actor Richard Dreyfuss isn’t. He said recently: “No one should be telling me as an artist that I have to give in to the latest, most current idea of what morality is. They make me vomit.”
The new standards Dreyfuss is referring to include having a lead or main supporting character from an “underrepresented racial or ethnic group” or a storyline that focuses on the same, or at least 30% of the cast must be female, gay, black, or some other racial minority, or handicapped. The standards are absurd and likely will only further push people away.
Industry insiders are furious, but most won’t speak out publicly for fear of being canceled. One director said, “It’s completely ridiculous. I’m for diversity, but to make you cast certain types of people if you want to get nominated? That makes the whole process contrived. The person who is right for the part should get the part. Why should you be limited in your choices? But it’s the world we’re in. This is crazy.”
We do indeed live in a world where the most qualified candidate doesn’t always get the job. From the NFL to the boardroom to the big screen, we are more concerned with optics than actually hiring the most qualified person.
The list of past Oscar winners that would be excluded from consideration moving forward is impressive.“Ford v Ferrari,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “American Hustle,” and “Joker” would be excluded, and some of the greatest films ever made, like “Schindlers List” and “Gladiator” would either have to have historically inaccurate roles or simply be excluded. Does anyone want to see a female Gladiator?
The answer grows increasingly clear; no. Audiences have already started making their voice louder by not showing up, and Hollywood refuses to listen. Target, Bud Light, Kohls, and others have learned the hard lesson “go woke, go broke,” and now it is Hollywood’s turn.
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