Sunday, February 26, 2017

Art versus PC at the Oscars

I was kind of scared to turn on the Oscars tonight, in dread of the expected onslaught of anti-Trump sentiment. So far, it's been tolerable. On Twitter, though, the expected kudos to Mahershala Ali for "Moonlight." One Tweeter wrote: "A black man. A Muslim. In a film about the life & struggles of a young gay man. Hell, yeah." I offhandedly tweeted back: "Yup, checked all the PC boxes."

But, more importantly, were the words of Ali himself in his acceptance speech: "It's not about you. It's about these characters. You're in service to the story and these characters." EXACTLY. THAT is what art and movies should be about. Not the trendy, PC stance of that year. Real art and acting should transcend any particular time period, should reveal the human soul (corny as that sounds).

"Moonlight" sounds like a moving, good movie. Because of its screenplay and sensitive acting and humanity, not because it features a black character or a gay character or stars a Muslim. Those "PC boxes" have nothing to do with art.

And as Viola Davis just said in her speech for Best Supporting Actress for "Fences": "We are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life." Thank you to the best actors in the field for being seers and channelers. Not because you're black or gay or Muslim, but because you're--sans any "boxes" or PC identity politics--incredibly sensitive and alert to what it means to be a human, to live a life.

I will never let the PC leftists take the Oscars, or the movies, away from me. I've known since I was a kid what, exactly, movies really mean.

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