Hereâs some Oscar trivia for you: in 1998, Bob Seger was nominated for Best Original Song for âShakedown.â Somehow that just came to mind after reading that Al Sharpton, fresh from his meeting with the leadership ofÂ Sony Pictures Entertainment,Â has called for an âemergency meetingâ in Hollywood to assess possible action around the Academy Awards. Like the Rocky Mountains, Sharpton wrote, the higher the movieÂ industry gets, the whiter it gets.
The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has been among the top trends on Twitter all day, but itâs pretty tame and doesnât include a direct call to action, which todayâs protesters crave. Could #HandsUpNoOscar inspire an awards night boycott?
Weâre certain Sharpton will find some way to âhelpâ in his own way; he always does.