Monday, February 25, 2019

Why they hate "Green Book"

They held the Oscars last night. Spike Lee made an ass of himself when "Green Book" got the best picture instead of his movie.

Deadline Hollywood reported, "Our Pete Hammond reported from the Dolby Theatre that Lee clearly was furious, got up and walked toward the back of the auditorium in a huff. He then turned back and appeared to get into an intense conversation with Jordan Peele, who was behind him. Lee paced the aisle and stormed to the back of the auditorium. When he came back, he turned his back to the stage during the speech."

He shared an Oscar for best screenplay adaptation.

"Green Book" was one of three black-themed movies nominated for best picture. The others were "Black Panther," a comic book movie, and Lee's "BlacKkKlansman." There has been lobbying to give more Oscars to minorities and women.

Why not? These awards seldom are about merit. Perhaps I will start #PulitzersSoWhite.

"Green Book" Director Peter Farrelly said, "This whole story is about love. It's about loving each other despite our differences and finding the truth about who we are: We're the same people."

But most people say the movie is a remake of "Driving Miss Daisy" with Morgan Freeman's role played by a white man and Daisy played by a black man. This time, a bouncer from New York City drives a world-class pianist, who is black, through the South in 1962.

As Lee's previous best picture nomination, "Do the Right Thing," lost to "Driving Miss Daisy," his reaction was understandable.

That and the fact that he is a loon.

But Lee is not alone in hating "Green Book."

The Wrap reported, "Within moments of 'Green Book' winning the Oscar for Best Picture, the Los Angeles Times published a story Sunday night by critic Justin Chang with the the headline: 'Green Book is the worst best picture winner since Crash.'"

The New York Times had called it "A Road Trip Through a Land of Racial Clich├ęs."

Its reviewer wrote, "Every suspicion you might entertain — that this will be a sentimental tale of prejudices overcome and common humanity affirmed; that its politics will be as gently middle-of-the-road as its humor; that it will invite a measure of self-congratulation about how far we, as a nation, have come — will be confirmed."

Chang wrote, "It reduces the long, barbaric and ongoing history of American racism to a problem, a formula, a dramatic equation that can be balanced and solved."

The movie is set in the 1960s when the goal was racial equality.

Nearly 60 years later, that no longer is the goal. Retribution is. In his acceptance speech, Lee talked about slavery that began 400 years ago, and how thanks to his grandmother he became the first person in his family to graduate from college.

Instead of gratitude, he showed anger. He is an unhappy person. Reparations will do nothing to remove that anger.

I don't know if the movie was the best picture, but the turquoise 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille in "Green Book" certainly deserved the Best Supporting Automobile award.

Car and Driver said, "The movie draws its title from The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide published from 1936 to 1967."

Gone are those days, thank God and Martin Luther King.