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Oscar Speech Propaganda

You can’t knock JK Simmons for reminding us to call our moms and dads, if we’re so fortunate to do so. However, there were other Oscar speeches that were filled with pleas for wage equality, suicide prevention, and Alzheimer’s awareness, which all have their own importance. However, it’s hard to process John Legend’s comments about slavery and black incarceration, while millions of people watched and most people would just believe every word he said.

Social media puts celebrities in a position for herds of people to hear what they have to say no matter how ignorant the comments, and usually without any credibility at all. The same for the Oscar's stage where John Legend felt compelled to make statements knowing millions of people would hear his words.

Singers Common and John Legend won the Oscar for their song 'Glory' from the movie Selma, and in his speech Legend says, "We wrote this song for a film that was based on events 50 years ago. But we say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now." That's an odd thing to say.

The march that occurred 50 years ago was for bringing attention to need for voting rights of black Americans. By saying the "Selma is now" and "the struggle for justice is now" is not even close to the same thing. In fact, it's quite the opposite in terms of voting because in the last presidential election, blacks had the highest vote number yet, and a black president was elected two elections in a row. Selma is now? This statement actually belittles the trauma and experiences that actually occurred for black people 50 years ago.

In addition to his 'Selma' remarks, Legend says, "We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850." Again, how can you even come close to comparing the two? Incarcerated blacks have been convicted and proven guilty of crimes, and innocent blacks were enslaved by no individual fault of their own. Slavery was such a moral evil in our country, that you just can't compare them.

At the end of his speech, Legend says, "When people are marching with our song we want to tell you that we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on." Coming from two incredibly wealthy black people, this message doesn't exactly hold much value. What if they were "marching," in their neighborhoods, rioting, burning down the streets and fighting, are they really "with you"? Not a chance! There's no credibility in his statements. He wrote and sang a song and that's where it ends.

The world was looking at two successful black men who won the highest award they could in their industry and instead of making an inspirational speech for how far we've come in the last 50 years, and maybe thank previous black generations for their sacrifice and looking toward a better future for all.

Posted by MichaelMears at February 25, 2015 4:35 PM
Comment #390221

I didn’t watch the awards program. Too political.

Good comments Michael

Posted by: Royal Flush at February 26, 2015 6:57 PM
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