A classic critique of today’s feeling-centric world is the emergence of “participation trophies,” trophies handed-out to youngsters for no other reason than for simply showing-up to participate in a sport or event.
The notion of a participation trophy might be well-intentioned, but they are remarkably damaging as they dilute the meaning of achievements. Not everybody is a winner and not everybody merits a trophy. Sadly, this concept that should have been squashed in little leagues all around the country has morphed into the adult world with whiny Hollywood A-listers complaining that minority actors are not being adequately represented at the Academy Awards.
Now, because celebrities like Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and even Danny Devito have complained about the supposed lack of diversity in the awards process, such complaints have signaled an “all clear” for every other whiny group to emerge to complain.
Sir Ian McKellen, famous for playing Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, is a celebrated homosexual stage and screen actor with a long list of theatrical accomplishments. Now, he has waded-into the controversy to speak-out against the Academy for supposedly overlooking the achievements of homosexual actors.
Though he has been twice nominated for an Academy Award, McKellen has yet to earn an Oscar for himself. Claiming in an interview with the Guardian that anti-homosexual sentiment is just as pervasive as supposed racism, McKellen complained:
“No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance.”
McKellen noted that that Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Sean Penn have all won Oscars for playing homosexuals, but whined that he has not received an Oscar for playing a straight man.
“How clever, how clever. What about giving me one for playing a straight man?”
“My speech has been in two jackets … ‘I’m proud to be the first openly gay man to win the Oscar.’ I’ve had to put it back in my pocket twice.”
Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio has been passed-over so many times for what has widely been seen as Oscar-worthy performances that it has become a joke amongst the entertainment industry and those who follow it.
By McKellen’s logic, the Academy is prejudiced against those of German and Italian heritage because DiCaprio has not taken-home an Oscar.
This premise that everybody should be well-represented in all facets of life is revolting and it promotes a false delusion for future generations that legitimate accomplishments are meaningless when compared to the value of rewarding ethnic groups, genders and those with alternative sexual orientations.
Sir Ian McKellen is a celebrated actor with a long history of praise-worthy theatrical accomplishments. However, his recent comments are those of nothing more than a whiny celebrity willing to sully his reputation by acting like a petulant child throwing a temper tantrum in a toy store from having not received the object of his desire.
Further, the same criticism applies to the recent rash of entitled minority actors and their guilty white liberal counterparts willing to validate this kind of pathetic complaining.
Editors Note: This story has been updated to correct an error that identified Sir Ian McKellen as playing Dumbledore in Harry Potter. McKellen actually played Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.