I tried very, VERY hard to shake this feeling that I’ve had nagging on me ever since I watched The View this morning (Mon, March 8) but I’m really ticked off. Not even ticked off but I’m pissed. The ladies of The View were talking about what else, the Academy Awards. Vanessa Williams was guest hosting as Whoopi is on vacation.
Barbara Walters was telling everyone how happy she was that Sandra Bullock won best actress for The Blind Side. She said she interviewed her for her last Oscar night special and she was so glad she won. Then Vanessa Williams said something that made me so mad that I wanted to, well, I don’t know, slap her or something. This is what she said: She said she knows it was a true story and she knows she won an Oscar for it (or something to that order) and blah, blah, blah, BUT, (now in her words) “it brings up a theme for black folks that, okay, another white family saved the day in terms of another black story that has to have a white person come in and lift them up.” Barbara goes on to defend the movie and say things as “we’ve come too far to think this way” and other things, you can watch it here if you want to. It’s first up on the second take. To which Vanessa responds “I’m just telling you what people have said.”
What do you think of this? Are you kidding me? Why couldn’t she just let Sandra Bullock enjoy her Oscar? Why did she have to bring the race card into it? Can you really tell me why people do this? This is a movie. Aren’t movies just stories? True or untrue. Fact or fiction. Wouldn’t you think Vanessa Williams would know better than to make a racist statement like this? She’s an actress who also “acts.”
I think it was in very poor taste on her part and I feel throwing that race thing into it was very catty and I will never look at her in the same light. What about you guys? Did you think this necessary? I will admit to not seeing the movie but I never once thought of race when I saw clips of it and I have heard people say what a wonderful story it was. I think sour grapes look bad on whoever wears them and race?? I felt it had nothing to do with that. Am I wrong? Did I miss something? I just saw a good family and good people wanting to help someone.