One of the things I despise most is when something happens (be it small or large) and you take notice of it and then people lose their marbles at the very concept of you mentioning it. Because if they aren’t bothered by something then obviously anyone who would even mention it is an asshole. For example: During the Academy Awards the movie 12 Years A Slave won best picture. As a fan of the movie and a Black guy I was excited and surprised at the same time it won. When everyone hit the stage the first person on mic was Brad Pitt who was one of the producers. And while this is normal protocol for Best Picture I did notice it and found it odd because of the current circumstances that were at play. Around that same time I noticed someone on Twitter catching flack for mentioning it and I sent the following tweet:
But you do understand the optics of Brad Pitt accepting the award first right? @TeresaKopec Yes he got it made but there's also history…
— Elon James White (@elonjames) March 3, 2014
All sorts of folks got mad and one lovely person called me a piece of garbage for insulting Brad Pitt. (In all of the tweets I sent I never insulted anyone involved in the Awards. I only spoke of the optics.) As a result I decided to deal with this on the latest BlacknessTODAY. Check it out and let me know what you think. Even if you disagree or didn’t notice I hope you understand my overall point and where I’m coming from with it.