Backlash against Oscar boycott growing as Hollywood royalty preaches commonsense

More and more members of Hollywood royalty are speaking out against the proposed boycott of the Oscars.

Best Actress nominee Charlotte Rampling was among the first to speak out, calling the Oscars boycott “racist against whites” — but she is not alone.

Michael Caine, a two-time Academy Award winner, said he doesn’t believe race played a role in the Oscar selections, and that it would be ridiculous to vote for someone based on race.

Michael Caine
Michael Caine as Alfred in “The Dark Knight Rises” via Ace Showbiz.

“You can’t vote for an actor because he’s black,” Caine told BBC. “You can’t just say, ‘I’m going to vote for him. He’s not very good, but he’s black. I’ll vote for him.’ You have to give a good performance.”

Perhaps the most outspoken of all, is Oscar-winning producer of ‘Schindler’s List’ Gerald Molen, who called those boycotting the Oscars “spoiled brats” on Monday.

“There is no racism except for those who create an issue. That is the worst kind. Using such an ugly way of complaining,” he told entertainment website The Hollywood Reporter.

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Gerald R. Molen as Dr. Bruner in “Rain Man” via Movie Fone.

“The idea of a boycott is ridiculous,” Molen, a Hollywood veteran, said. “Are their noses bent out of shape by the award nominations? Of course. That is normal in a town of egos and red-carpet desires. While there were many performances of note, not all my choices for ‘best’ in the various categories have been realized.”

Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Spike Lee and Michael Moore are among the first to announce that they would be boycotting the awards ceremony.

Molen, also an Academy voter, said Will Smith did have an Oscar-worthy performance in “Concussion,” but added that sometimes, that just isn’t enough.

“It is not like he has been ignored or overlooked in the past. I understand his disappointment but see no prejudice or racism in his not making it. Who knows, maybe he lost by one vote,” Molen told the Reporter. “I say to all my co-members: Stop acting like spoiled brats. Look to the next awards show for recognition — if you deserve it.”

“The only comment that might have some legitimate substance is the one from Jada Pinkett. I understand her disappointment for her husband, but that doesn’t mean she is correct in her analysis.”

His words were not as kind for Moore and Lee.

“As far as Michael Moore is concerned, he is a socialist always looking to insert his brand of racist hatred. Spike Lee — haven’t I heard this from him before?” he asked.

Molen also said he found it to be a “stupid assumption” that black actors weren’t nominated because of their skin color.

“In a liberal town like Hollywood, that makes about as much sense as saying all members of the Academy vote Republican,” he said.


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