Remember that famous scene in the old film Public Enemy where Jimmy Cagney shoves a grapefruit into a woman’s face? It came to mind for some reason when I read this dopey op-ed by Kim Elsesser this morning in the New York Times.
Now, normally, I’m so delighted to see the Times put its opinion pieces on the opinion page instead of the front page that I give them all a pass. But Miss Elsesser, a research scholar at UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women, which up till now I thought was an off-campus tavern, opines that the Academy Awards should stop giving best acting awards in male and female categories and give just one award to both or either or… well, you get the idea.
I know. Who cares? Maybe all of Hollywood should just meet on Sunset Boulevard and one half should give statuettes to the other half and then repeat the process in reverse. But it’s such typical identity politics that it kind of bugs me. I mean, if there should be one award for both actors and actresses then that means there’s no difference between actors and actresses, right? So if an actor won the award ten years in a row and not an actress, there’d be nothing wrong with that because there’s no difference between them, right? But of course if that happened, who would be the first person caterwauling and complaining in an op-ed in the New York Times that women were being treated unfairly? Right. The girl from the off-campus tavern. All of a sudden, the differences would matter again.
Miss Elsesser is just doing the classic leftist two-step: using one grievance to create grounds for a thousand more grievances. One Oscar for males and females means every year Academy members have to do the gender equity math and we have to listen to people like this moan and groan about the unfairness of the results and how women are this, that and whatever. Since no one gives a rat’s about the Oscars anyway, it’d only be a miniscule decrease in the joy of living, to be sure. But with our left wing intent on depriving us of every ounce of that joy, I don’t think we should cede even a single drop.
UPDATE: Nope, the commenter is right and I’m wrong, the question was about Mo’nique. But my point remains. I was not thinking of race any more than I was when I lavished praise on the great Morgan Freeman. The race thing is just something lefties say.