Something funny happened at the Academy Awards
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March 15, 2023 at 4:57 pm #47388
And, no, I’m not talking about how East Asians in particular are doing more than just kicking butt with their Kung Fu or how more and more directors are women nowadays.
I’m talking about a particular incident that resulted from the “woke culture” that’s trying to embed itself in daily life.
Michelle Yeoh very deservedly won Best Actress for her lead role in Everything, Everywhere, All at Once.
NPR caused a stir by saying that Michelle Yeoh “identifies as Asian.” The response was immediate and effective because they took down that refernce as people pointed said “Michelle doesn’t identify as Asian. She is Asian.”
Do some proponents of woke culture thing everything is made of Silly Putty? That you are a tabula rasa until you declsre how you identify?
About six or eight years back there was the case of thw white woman who passed herself off as black with the aid of hair productds and tanning lotion and actually became a local NAACP official. Her excuse then was that she “identifies as black,” even after the truth came out as her lily-white parents emerged from anonymity.
Now we even have anatomically correct males and females who identify as the other gender. I’m not talking about people who, through surgery and other means, have changed their gender, but men who identify as female and women who identify as male.
Have they unintentionally done the opposite of what they intended by simply creating new categories under the general heading “gender”? Nameely, in addition to males and females, males identifying as female and females identifying as male?
Some might say, you can change words but you csn’t change reality.March 15, 2023 at 7:15 pm #47396
Whether a person “identifies as” some immutable trait or actually is some immutable trait should not matter in a world with even just a smidge of rational thought left in it.
If Michelle Yeoh (and parenthetically “Yeoh!” is my interjection 😍) does a fantastic job of portraying a character in a motion picture, her accidents of birth are not relevant. And with CGI technology, immutable traits really don’t matter in motion pictures.
This preoccupation with immutable Identitarianism is part of what did in Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) most recently. The SVB head of Risk Management Jay Ersapah was evidently more concerned over who checks what box than over which bank practices preserve bank customers’ funds:
And SVB gave $73 Million Dollars to Black Lives Matter that it could have used to keep the Bank afloat for all customers regardless of heritage:
REVEALED: Woke Silicon Valley Bank donated over $73 MILLION to Black Lives Matter-related social justice groups before it collapsed – while failed Signature Bank gave $850,000
Now, we must see if this practice prevails in the rest of U.S. banks and ripples through the rest of the banking system.
Economist Milton Friedman said it best decades ago: Within the bounds of the rights of others in the marketplace, a business should only be concerned with ROI (Return On Investment), with EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) as one means to that end. It should not be concerned with what is now called ESG (Environmental Social Governance) or DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which should be spelled DIE,) especially when prior feduciary obligations are at stake.
March 16, 2023 at 1:57 pm #47407
- This reply was modified 2 weeks ago by TheEncogitationer. Reason: Addendum
Can somebody please give me a straight up definition for the NEW word Woke? For the life of me I use to think I knew what the word meant but these days I’m not so sure. It’s like the train pulled away and left me behind.
Feelings: If I, hypothetically speaking because I’m as heterosexual as the day is long, am walking around with a penis but I FEEL not male/masculine and I FEEL feminine and choose to identify MYSELF as feminine why should anybody else care? FEELINGS – Nothing more than feelings (man I hated that song). Why is it a problem? Better yet, why is it WOKE? And what in the wide, wide, world of sports does the word WOKE now mean?
ThanksMarch 16, 2023 at 5:19 pm #47417
Can somebody please give me a straight up definition for the NEW word Woke?
Broadly, “aware, especially of social problems such as racism and inequality.”* When people disagree with “woke,” I suspect it’s less because they favor racism or injustice and more about how woke folk conduct themselves in terms of judging others and enforcing or trying to enforce extrajudicial sanctions.
* Cambridge DictionaryMarch 17, 2023 at 7:11 am #47430
Hi! The only academy awards I want to think about is when a native american woman refused a award for Marlon Brando’s role in the movie,”Godfather,”it was controversial at the time and it still is apparently also let us take a moment to recognize Native people as atheists too.March 18, 2023 at 8:22 am #47448
I’m not sure where the Atheist connection is with that incident. Sacheen Littlefeather didn’t speak of Atheism.
I did see a video where Brando refused to swear on God in a court:
March 20, 2023 at 7:06 am #47477
- This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by TheEncogitationer. Reason: Addendum
Hi! The funny thing at the academy awards was people booing in the audience and the actor John Wayne wanting to drive the American Indian woman from the stage having at the same time security trying to restrain John Wayne for doing so as a result of his impending action at the time I have no intention of admiring him or his career for what he intended to do that night.I think John Wayne is a bully and I hate everything that he stands for,”End of Line!”March 20, 2023 at 4:36 pm #47482
All well and good, but where’s the Atheism angle to the story?March 20, 2023 at 5:34 pm #47485
RichRaelian, All well and good, but where’s the Atheism angle to the story?
a) This is the Small Talk area and b) the OP isn’t about religion, and iii) so what?March 22, 2023 at 7:29 pm #47525
RichRaelian mentioned Atheism in connection with the Brando/Littlefeather story and I wasn’t clear about the connection.
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