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The definition of what's a 'racist' comment has certainly expanded

So for example, my speculating the Everything won at least in part because the Academy want to acknowledge diversity is considered racist ... despite that acknowledging diversity isn't a bad thing per se, and that it might be true.

I have other attitudes that will be construed as racist by many -- especially in this 'Woke' age -- for example:

  • My attitude to "affirmative action" was always ambivalent. (I'm old enough to remember when it was a new thing.) Certainly I always believed that selection of employees ought to be on a purely objective basis, i.e. qualifications, not on racial/cultural/religious grounds one way or the other. I have personally, as a supervisor, hired people on that basis included several people-of-color. If there was a time for affirmative action I think that time is passing especially here in Canada. The high level of immigration we've had for many years now pretty much much ensures that a high proportion of candidates presenting themselves for any job are likely to be "racialized", (or Muslim, etc.). One simply cannot be a bigot and expect to make the best hire.
  • I'm bemused by the heavy promotion of diversity in Canadian TV ads. So my observation is that 2/3 of ads at least show multi-racial marriages and children, and/or gender-diverse people or couples. Sorry, but it's certainly "virtue signaling" by the advertisers. What is ironic is that Blacks are heavily over represented in these ads, i.e. away above the proportion of the Black population in Canada, (which is much lower than in the USA). At the same time it seems to me that one Canadian minority which is significantly under represented in TV ads and that's our indigenous populations. First Nations, Inuit, and Metis folks comprise at least 3X as many people in Canada as do Blacks but they hardly ever turn up in ads.
  • The term "racialized" has become quite prevalent around here, most noticeably on CBC radio and television. It has mostly displaced "visible minority" and "people of color". Grammatically the use of the adjective-made-verb made adjective is absurd. In any case it's just another euphemism for non-White, and I'm not sure whose sensibilities it's supposed to sooth. I'd be fine with just using "non-White", after all it's accurate.

    I've got laugh at the suggestion of prejudice against Jews in Hollywood. That's kinda rich.

    As for Ghandi versus E.T. that was a hard call. Like Everthing versus All Quiet, two very different types of movies. In the former case, neither flick had any diversity considerations. Unlike the 1986 miniseries, Lord Mountbatten - The Last Viceroy where Pandit Nehru was played by Ian Richardson in black-face, LOL.

    ... WOW, but now I'm wondering whether any of the E.T. kids were Black? I think maybe not: that would never pass today, (and rightly so I suppose).

    Dmitri Shostakovich

  • Edits: 03/17/23 03/17/23 03/17/23

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