Hi, everyone! Officially CLEARING the poor little cobwebs on my site — but you’ve been following my podcast/IGTV series, right? Right? 😉 — to share with you my appearance on Fox News. In early September, Fox gave me a call to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the new Oscars diversity/inclusion requirements for Best Picture.
Though the clips are super brief (which Fox warned me they would be), I talked with the correspondent for about five minutes and explained why I definitely thought the rules are insane given my firsthand experience in the business. Those of you who follow me on IG know that I think the increasing amount of censorship, rules, and cancel culture in our media is really getting out of control, and quite honestly, scary. OF COURSE I want to see more inclusion in TV and film.
But to me, this feels stifling. Since when should art have to meet standards on a checklist? And do we want to see certain characters, aspects, and themes included, sometimes forced, to meet a requirement, just for the sake of it? What good does that do? And let me tell you, although the stars were quiet about this, so many feel the same way.
I know from experience.
I’ve talked to countless celebs both on the red carpet and off record about how dystopian this real life 1984 is becoming. Of course, they’d never admit that when this news came out because of fear of getting blasted like Kirstie Alley. Because the saddest part is, as I also conveyed to Fox, this is really just a good PC PR look for Hollywood that doesn’t force people in high positions to have to make any real sacrifice for the cause. (I’m happy to tell you my Bob Iger story if you’re interested.)
Let me leave you with this: When will enough be enough? How far will they go to censor our thoughts, speech, and apparently, our art?