Remember when the NAACP used to be really relevant? Back in the days of Rosa and Thurgood? Yeah… the good old days O__o. And sometime last year, they decided to symbolically bury the world “Nigger.” Bless their hearts for trying to still matter.
Anyway… well, they just released their Image Awards nominees a couple of days ago, and it is just a mess.
NAACP might as well call this the “Awards for anything with any colored* people in it. It doesn’t have to be good, but since there’s a couple of melanin-blessed folks in it, it counts. We just want to stay relevant somehow. So umm… yeah.” I’m not sure what arbitrary criteria they decided to use but they need to reconsider because a big chunk of the list left me scratching my head saying “Wait… huh?”. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked.
*Some folks have problems with me using the word “Colored.” I also still use mulatto. Eh. These words tickle me. So I will continue.
Here are some of the nominations that made me give the side-eye:
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Nominees include Anika Noni Rose and Sandra Bullock)
Anika Noni Rose for “The Princess and the Frog” – I love me some Anika! I just wanna put her in my pocket and take her places with me. She’s adorable. And her voice is divine. HOWEVER, seeing as how she was a cartoon VOICE, I’m really questioning the validity of this. Shoot, if that’s the case, James Earl Jones should have DEFINITELY won for playing Mufasa. What other cartoon character made me folks cry openly at the theater? N’an other! I’m just saying.
Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side” – O__O *blank stare* *blinks twice* Umm… *looks around* Last I checked, Sandra Bullock ain’t colored. Maybe I missed something. But moving on…
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Nominees include Mariah Carey, Mo’Nique, and Paula Patton. All for Precious)
“Precious” was amazing to me. But to have 3 out of the 5 actresses in the category come from it? Methinks it’s a bit much. Mo’Nique DEED that so her nomination is very valid. But Mariah Carey and her moustache didn’t do anything extraordinary. She was good but award-winning? Naw dawg. Were there NO other people to nominate from other films? I bet there was a movie this year with Angela Bassett in it. They coulda thrown her in this category.
Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture – Ok they just threw this random ass category in here. Someone musta asked them to add some bit of “variety” so they did. It just doesn’t curl all the way over in my book.
Outstanding Variety – (Series or Special)
“BET Awards 2009″ (BET) – The fact that they thought this debacle of a show was “outstanding” enough to be nominated automatically makes them lose ALL credibility. The BET Awards was nothing but FAIL, yet it’s up for an award. Boo, NAACP. Just… BOOO!
“Michael Jackson Memorial Service” – Umm… really? Like FOR REAL? Y’all just gonna nominate the Thrillermaker’s funeral for a Variety show award? “Theo, that is the DUMBEST thing I have ever heard.” I agree that the music powerhouses in there ROCKED THE HOUSE! But this is just embarrassing. A memorial service isn’t a variety show, no matter how many people come through to sing.
Outstanding Reality Series
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” – I don’t have the energy to even say why this is foolish. They coulda nominated RuPaul’s Drag Race. At least THOSE drag queens were fierce and could vogue. Nene and Kim can’t do nothing but scream in high pitches at each other. And rock bad hairhats.
The only props they get are for:
“The Backyardigans” – The Backyardigans DOES go hard! That theme song comes on and I start singing it at the top of my lungs. As my niece rocks back and forth to it, I’m singing “We’ve got the whole wide world in our yard to exxpplllooorrreee…” Uniqua’s my favorite. Although Tyrone is also my dude.
With that being said, I need NAACP Image Award’s nomination committee to come pick up their limited edition “FOOL SADDOWN” Gift Baskets from me. They’ve earned it, along with the “Get Relevant” vouchers I threw in for the free.
Did I miss anymore of the wackness? I’m pretty sure I left some out.
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