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TV Everywhere Offers Better Picture Of Diversity Than Movies

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TV Everywhere Offers Better Picture Of Diversity Than Movies

Originally posted at MediaPost

by J. Max Robins

One of the great benefits of the TV Everywhere universe is that the medium is in a creative renaissance, startling in its quality and diversity. Just as HBO, Showtime, FX and AMC pushed broadcast channels to up their collective creative game, players from Netflix to Amazon to YouTube have raised the bar ever higher, leaving no doubt that video has replaced film as the place where quality storytelling shines brightest. Anyone who was at the recent Consumer Electronics Show — or has been to Costco — knows that storytelling is increasingly affordable, and enhanced for the audience to have the ultimate in-home cinematic experience.

So I couldn’t help but think that the robust, diverse TV Everywhere ecosystem was a factor in all the uproar over the two-year black actor shutout in the top Academy Award performance categories. First, I believe the protests are completely valid, especially this year, where there were many first-rate star and costar turns by African-American actors, from Will Smith in “Concussion” to Michael B. Jordan in “Creed.” As Spike Lee wrote to the Academy, “How is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? 40 white actors in 2 years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! WTF!!”

I agree with Chris Rock’s decision to host the Academy Awards and bring his A+ comic skills to skewer the process from inside the tent, as much as I support Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith’s decision to stay home that night.

Last year the Academy saw there was a problem and thought part of the way to address it was to award Lee an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar.  The symbolic nature of that act falls completely flat now. As Lee says, “the real battle” is in the executive offices at the major studios, which “are still overwhelmingly white.”  Until minorities are better represented, the Oscar nominees will be far from a rainbow coalition.

Read the full article on MediaPost