Liberal rag Salon.com derides Rush Limbaugh for insinuating that the Academy Award voters picked 12 Years a Slave simply because it was about slavery and had the word ‘slave’ in the title. Even in the headline they throw a little dig at Limbaugh for not having seen the movie.
Many other leftist blogs, such as Crooks and Liars picked up the same critical tack when they used the usual not-so-subtle sarcasm to accuse him of being a racist for claiming such a thing.
Rush Limbaugh made a fool of himself by criticizing 12 years A Slave for winning the Oscar for best picture without actually seeing it. Well, why would he bother to see a good movie that depicts the horrors of slavery based on a true story, since he’d probably be cheering on the character of Edwin Epps.
Well, it turns out Limbaugh was on to something.
(LA Times) — The film’s director, British filmmaker Steve McQueen, said repeatedly during the long awards season that Hollywood appeared more comfortable making Holocaust movies than slavery stories. And in her opening monologue, Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres even joked that if McQueen’s telling of the enslavement of Solomon Northup didn’t take the top Academy Award, voters could be branded as “racists.”
Whether or not Oscar voters were motivated by fear of looking racially insensitive, or to correct a perceived historical wrong, can never be known. But one top Oscar strategist said that Academy Awards voters have a long history of honoring movies that take on the subject of race relations.
“Look at ‘A Soldiers Story,’ ‘In the Heat of the Night,’ ‘Ray,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ and ‘Sounder,'” said Tony Angellotti, reeling off the names of films that collectively garnered 30 Oscar nominations with nine wins. “This kind of socially aware vote for a movie that spotlights racism is rooted in the academy’s DNA.”
All the same, two Oscar voters privately admitted that they didn’t see “12 Years a Slave,” thinking it would be upsetting. But they said they voted for it anyway because, given the film’s social relevance, they felt obligated to do so.
What are the odds Rush Limbaugh will receive an apology?
Lemme guess, you have to vote for the film so you can find out what’s in it?