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The Oscars Are Diverse

Updated on January 25, 2016
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Chiquita is at the Table

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, January 25, 2016. Our noisy, but delightful friend, Chiquita Cicada is at the breakfast table this morning. She is wondering about all the noise coming from Hollywood liberals about the "color content" of the Oscars. The 88th Annual Academy Awards are approaching and there is a great deal of rumbling and discontent going on. Celebrities like Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have called for a boycott of the star-studded night. They and others are saying that the Oscars are just "too white." I think they're wrong, but then again racism is back in vogue, so perhaps it's just the current thing to do. Please join Chiquita and me for a delicious breakfast and some Hollywood facts. Chiquita is serving Banana Waffles. I'm serving Irish Coffees with a good bit of the Irish in the mix. We hope to see you soon.


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Hell No, I Won't Go!

Thank you all for coming this morning. The Oscars are a bit down the road, but some in Hollywood have decided to voice their dissatisfaction with the color of the nominees by not showing up. That, of course is their prerogative, but I wonder what all the fuss is about. Looking back at past Oscar evenings, I see plenty of diversity. Denzel Washington walked away with an Oscar in 2001 for "Training Day." Was that an aberration, or was he just that good? I think he was "just that good." Coincidentally, that year he was also voted America's Favorite Movie Star. How did that happen in this racist country? It must have been a mistake. What about Jamie Foxx winning the Oscar for Ray in 2004. Not only was the content of the money important and diverse, but the last time I checked, Mr. Foxx was black. In 2006 Forrest Whitaker won for , "the Last King of Scotland." The Smith's must have slept through that one. I loved Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby. Apparently, so did the Academy because he won for Best Actor in a Leading Role. How he slipped through the crack, I'll never know. In 2001, Halle Berry won an Oscar for "Monster Ball." We must have been less racist back then. Jennifer Hudson won Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2006 for "Dreamergirls." I saw that a few times. I must not be a racist.

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Just a Small Sampling

I could go on and on, naming winners for Best Sound Mixing, Writing, Short Films and more, but I think it will get tedious. Let's just say that the Oscars have been diverse for a long, long time. If a "person of color" isn't nominated in a particular year, that is not racism, that is the decision of the Academy and the luck of the draw. All this whining is getting old. We finally elect a black present and we step back to the time of slavery. There must be something of value that appeals to those who wish to keep racism alive and kicking that escapes me and others like me. If black actors want more roles, they should get their black writers to write something fine. Are we supposed to award somebody an Oscar because of the color of their skin, or are we rewarding talent? This latest complaint fits right in with this administration's push to separate us as a society, pitting black against white. All of us should be tired of it, no matter the color of our skin.

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The Usual Suspects

President Obama, Michelle Obama, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, and others have a vested interest in keeping us separate and angry. Angry people are easier to manipulate if you give them a target. Obama knows this and he uses it all the time. My children did not grow up in a racist world. They had black friends, Latino friends and Asian friends, and they were fine with all of it. I hope my grandchildren get the opportunity to grow up the same way, but that will only happen when and if we learn to drown out the ugly rhetoric coming from this administration and the Democrats. Hitler took a divided, angry population and gave them a target to hate. Let's not let that happen to us. Groups like Black Lives Matter, care about trouble and division. We need to drown out the noise and celebrate our freedom and our diversity. Throw in a generous serving of common sense and we will have it made.

Chiquita's Song

I'm Chiquita Cicada and I'm here to say

I wish these people would just go away......

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    • breakfastpop profile image
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      breakfastpop 19 months ago

      Dear brad,

      Enjoy!

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      bradmasterOCcal 19 months ago from Orange County California

      Pop

      Thanks, I just got it.

      Donuts and coffee, yummm

    • breakfastpop profile image
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      breakfastpop 19 months ago

      Good Morning brad,

      I'm also sending you coffee!

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      bradmasterOCcal 19 months ago from Orange County California

      Thanks, I appreciate it.

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      breakfastpop 19 months ago

      Dear brad,

      At least a dozen are headed your way!

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      bradmasterOCcal 19 months ago from Orange County California

      Amen, pass the jelly donuts. :)

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      breakfastpop 19 months ago

      Good Morning brad,

      The only people who need the Oscars are the vain actors who feed off this crap! See you at the Inn.

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      bradmasterOCcal 19 months ago from Orange County California

      Pop

      Oscars, we don't need no stinkin Oscars.

      Do we really need to rely on the Oscar committee to know what we like or dislike?

      Unfortunately, while the answer is a resounding NO for some of us, it appears that the herd of sheeple out in the audience rely very heavily on these Faux Entertainment Experts.

      The movies this century have been so pathetic, that it is surprising that anyone really cares about the Oscars, or any of the other entertainment awards.

      I think that it is time for the Oscars to fade black, and it could be replaced by the Red Carpet Celebrity Fashion Show. Where Actresses wearing less than a pound of material costing tens of thousands of dollars become the stars.

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      breakfastpop 20 months ago

      Dear dr,

      You think?

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      drbj and sherry 20 months ago from south Florida

      Well written, bp, and to the point. I can't help but wonder if the Smith's outcry may be personally motivated by Will having starred in 'Concussion' last year but not nominated.

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      breakfastpop 20 months ago

      Dear maven,

      Actually, many Asians have won awards over the years. I guess they were just that good! I can only assume that people like Obama and his followers are trying for a Civil War and they have just enough fools out there to pull it off. See you at the Inn.

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      maven101 20 months ago from Northern Arizona

      The crybullies are at it again...Chiquita's remarks remind me of the beginnings of political correctness when special accommodations for race were instituted under affirmative action, set-asides, and government contracts...Now we need a special dispensation for acting awards for Blacks...Pathetic

      Old Poolman makes a good point referring to the Black-only awards shows...such hypocrisy makes me want to scream " Shut up and suck it up...You were just not good enough this year !! "

      Has there EVER been a Chinese or Japanese actor that has received the Oscar..? This racist immaturity astounds...Larry

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      breakfastpop 20 months ago

      Dear lamb servant,

      It is all stomach churning and the reaction of the gutless public is even worse. As far as the pendulum is concerned, we can thank Obama, his wife, Sharpton and so many others for this mess. See you at the Inn.

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      Lori Colbo 20 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Isn't interesting how far the pendulum has swung when no one has pushed it but the people who want to become victims. Stomach churning.

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      breakfastpop 20 months ago

      Dear fp,

      I can't recall.....

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      Paula 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh yeah, The INN....I'll try to make it. Why would we mention any of those things? BTW, WHO are you?

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      breakfastpop 20 months ago

      Dear fp,

      I'll forget, too! See you at the Inn and let's not mention, the Oscars, Hollywood or the racial divide.

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      Paula 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Borrowing from my Bro-bill.....I have even LESS R.A.M. in my brain & can't afford to waste it on anything that doesn't involve fighting the aging process. For instance, I'll forget I read this by this evening. But I do love you pop!

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      breakfastpop 20 months ago

      Dear Tom,

      I totally agree. I rarely watch the show. It gets a little old watching "stars" celebrate themselves. See you at the Inn. Bring a snow shovel.

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      breakfastpop 20 months ago

      Dear Mike,

      You are absolutely right. There are aware just for black actors. Isn't that discriminatory. There are also all black networks. How about an all-white network? The uproar would be heard round the world. We are beginning t drown in all the stupidity. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 20 months ago

      Dear billy,

      I feel the same way, but I do feel the need to point out yet another example of the ridiculous demands being made when it comes to race relations. The Oscars are about the craft of acting. The color of one's skin is irrelevant in my view. I'll be at the Inn tossing snowballs at the television.

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      Tom Whitworth 20 months ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop and Chiquita,

      I can remember the days when I used to watch the Oscars with eager anticipation. Then I started growing up (in the mid-1960's) and realized that getting my college education was a much more productive use of my time. There have been moments when I took notice, like Duke Wayne and Clint Eastwood finally being recognized but for the most part the awards were useless fluff.

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      Old Poolman 20 months ago

      Good Morning Patti and welcome to Monday morning.

      I agree with billybuc on this one, I could care less what the clowns in Hollywood are doing or what they are thinking.

      I could be wrong and please tell me if I am, but I believe there are a few award ceremonies that are restricted to blacks only?

      This administration has gone out of their way to further racial divide in this country. The really sad part of this is that the goal was to increase votes for one political party. To trade votes for unity among our citizens is a crime in my book. Shame on them.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I only have so much R.A.M. in my brain and can't waste any of it on Hollywood. Just sayin'.....have a great week.

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      breakfastpop 20 months ago

      Good Morning taxlarry,

      Amen..... See you at the Inn. I will be arriving by dogsled.

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      taxlarry 20 months ago

      The racial divide currently in the country is due to the racist in chief in the white house. Let's just get him out of office and return to a more sane society.