Black Director ERUPTS on #OscarsSoWhite: “These whiny people that think we’re…”


Director and filmmaker Lee Daniels had a few words for those complaining about last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, and it’s excellent advice for anyone.

In a December interview with The New York Times, the “Empire” creator spoke about the backlash over the lack of diversity among Academy Awards nominees and said that instead of grumbling, actors of color should “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?” he said. “If I had thought that way — that the world was against me — I wouldn’t be here now.”

“These whiny people that think we’re owed something are incomprehensible and reprehensible to me. I don’t expect acknowledgment or acceptance from white America,” he added. “I’m going to be me.”

This is excellent advice for anyone who wishes to be successful, and it’s nice to see Daniels address the controversy with such a straightforward approach.

The “Star” director discussed racism earlier this month during an interview on the daytime talk show “The Real.”

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

He gets it.

If you’ll recall, last year several black celebrities, including filmmaker Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, felt compelled to boycott the Academy Awards because of the ceremony’s lack of diversity, but they were met with criticism from others who saw things in the same light as Daniels.

Jamie Fox came up with the hashtag #ActBetter in response to the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag. Janet Huber, who played the aunt of Will Smith’s character on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” slammed Smith and others who felt people of color had been snubbed by the Oscars.

They understood, along with Daniels, that public recognition is often nice, hard work is generally its own reward.

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