“Creativity takes courage.”
That’s an incredible quote from famed painter Henri Matisse, and it has a lot of merit to it, as oftentimes creating something new is met with ridicule and judgment, and the creator usually knows that will be the case.
Art is subjective.
That means that what is beautiful to one person may be horrendous to another—and every artist must have the courage to know that there will be some people that absolutely hate their work.
Even though these people don’t know the kind of work, dedication, and energy that went into creating what the artist sees as the child of their creativity.
Parents, imagine if, every time you were in public with your kids, half of the crowd said, “Ugh… what an ugly child.” Wouldn’t you agree it would take courage to go out into public while anticipating that reaction?
Well, that’s how an artist feels every time they reveal their work. Just like a child is a little piece of its parent, an artist’s work is often a little piece of them.
Now, here’s another scenario…
Imagine you’re an artist who’s just created an incredible piece that is well received by the majority of people who see it. However, the Art Critics Academy says you can’t be up for an award because you used the wrong color scheme.
Would you think was a fair policy?
Hollywood’s Getting Worse And Worse
Of course not…
But that is EXACTLY what Hollywood is trying to do to filmmakers going forward. If they want their pictures to be considered for Oscar nominations, they’ll have to meet the new “diversity requirements” just announced by the Academy.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) released its new inclusion guidelines for any film hoping to qualify for Best Picture. Those rules stipulate that film production companies MUST employ a specific number of minority individuals in front of and behind the camera.
What about period pieces focused on ancient Rome or the South pre Civil War?
Or, what if a company is making a movie about war-torn provinces in Africa? Will that “inclusion” rule go the OTHER way and require them to hire white people?
It’s a ridiculous rule because films are every bit as much a work of art as sculptures or paintings. Putting these kinds of requirements in place destroys the artistic integrity of nearly every film—and I’m not the only one that feels that way about it.
Kirstie Alley, a former A-lister from the 80s and 90s, famous for her role on the sitcom “Cheers,” feels the same way about it, and she tweeted out a few of her thoughts.
“This is a disgrace to artists everywhere…can you imagine telling Picasso what had to be in his f**king paintings. You people have lost your minds. Control artists, control individual thought .. OSCAR ORWELL.”
She’s hitting the nail on the head with this statement.
This is 100% about control.
She also said, “I’ve been in the motion picture Academy for 40 years. The Academy celebrates freedom of UNBRIDLED artistry expressed through movies. The new RULES to qualify for “best picture” are dictatorial .. anti-artist…Hollywood you’re swinging so far Left you’re bumping into your own ass.”
Again, she’s dead on…
As far as we know, we’re in a meritocracy. The best person SHOULD get the job or role, not given something because they’re the “right” color.
We Still Live In A Meritocracy, Right?
Of course, the Left came after her in droves, and she was forced to delete that initial tweet and replace it with another.
“I deleted my first tweet about the new rules for best movie OSCARS because I feel it was a poor analogy & misrepresented my viewpoint. I am 100% behind diversity inclusion & tolerance. I’m opposed to MANDATED ARBITRARY percentages relating to hiring human beings in any business.”
I deleted my first tweet about the new rules for best movie OSCARS because I feel it was a poor analogy & misrepresented my viewpoint. I am 100% behind diversity inclusion & tolerance. I’m opposed to MANDATED ARBITRARY percentages relating to hiring human beings in any business.
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) September 9, 2020
As far as we’re concerned, this is just her restating the same thing.
Except her analogy in the first tweet was dead on.
This is a terrible idea…
And it doesn’t help the minority community at all. In fact, it harms minorities of all kinds because it downplays the work ethic it takes to become the best at what you do.
Shouldn’t that be the goal of EVERY person? To become the best at what you do?
Too bad this will probably cost Alley any future projects…
Which is ironic, seeing as she was actually standing up for her fellow artists.
That’s life in the 21st Century…
“You’re not going to live your life unscathed.” – Kirstie Alley