‘A Disgrace To Artists’: Kirstie Alley Slams Oscars’ ‘Dictatorial’ Diversity Quota

Posted on Fri 09/11/2020 by

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By Gabriel Hays ~

Look, another institution is hollowing itself out to comply with the demands, real or anticipated, of social justice drones. In this case, it’s a Hollywood institution, so conservatives will probably just shrug. But there are some media personalities who are not OK with it.

Of course Hollywood can’t lecture about diversity at every awards show without making industry wide changes that destroy artistic creativity, as it did this week with the Academy of Motion pictures instituting diversity quotas into their criteria for selecting “Best Picture” at upcoming Oscars, starting in 2024.

Kirstie Alley knows that mandating diversity quotas for films in order for them to be in the running for the year’s best film is “dictatorial.” Alley, the actress, former model and member of the Academy tweeted her unhappiness with the Hollywood group’s idiotic decision earlier this week.

On Tuesday September 8, Alley tweeted, “I’ve been in the motion picture Academy for 40 years. The Academy celebrates freedom of UNBRIDLED artistry expressed through movies.” Well, it did. But according to the new rules, if your film about a 12th century viking raiding party so happens to be the greatest cinematic achievement of all time and there’s no Latino onscreen nor alternate history twist where said Vikings accidentally wind up visiting African villages and learning advanced navigation techniques from wise, kindly villagers, then it won’t be considered for Hollywood’s biggest award.

Anyone not obsessed with identity politics can see how this is the entertainment industry stymying creativity. Alley forcefully added, “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.”

Yeah, no joke. Gone are the days where you can just make a movie. Of course, the stereotypical auteur often decries mainstream success, but if the mainstream standards can’t recognize a good movie as just that, it’s just a terrible sign for culture as a whole.

In an earlier, now-deleted tweet, the actress put her feelings more bluntly, writing, “This is a disgrace to artists everywhere. Can you imagine telling Picasso what had to be in his fucking paintings? You people have lost your minds.”

Though as she explained in a subsequent tweet, she deleted her Picasso message because she felt it didn’t convey her message appropriately, (though we understood it perfectly.) She explained, “I deleted my first tweet about the new rules for best movie OSCARS because I feel it was a poor analogy & misrepresented my viewpoint.” Kirstie clarified that she is “100% behind diversity inclusion & tolerance” but made the important distinction that she is “opposed to MANDATED ARBITRARY percentages relating to hiring human beings in any business.”

There is the problem. Imagine trashing Picasso’s entire “Blue Period” because 30% of its content wasn’t red or something.

Gabriel Hays is a staff writer for MRC Culture

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