Critics: Emmys not 'diverse' enough

by La Shawn Barber

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 3:44 pm

I regularly watch a handful of TV shows and couldn’t care less whether they or their actors win awards. Although I haven’t watched an awards show in years, I’ve read that people complained about the lack of “diversity” at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards show. It might be wrong and rude, but I find infighting among liberal voters entertaining. With a “rainbow” coalition of ethnicities and sexual orientations all clamoring for protected-minority-victim-of-the-month status and pieces of the ever-shrinking government pie, hilarity ensues.

On Twitter I learned that black actor Damon Wayans called the broadcast a “celebration of whiteness.” Some tweeters said there were too few black Emmy nominees and female writers. Others cried racism when Claire Danes (Homeland) beat out Kerry Washington (Scandal) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. (I don’t watch either show.) No matter how much certain liberals might support homosexual marriage, abortion, government-mandated racial preferences, or bigger taxpayer-funded social programs, they aren’t immune to childish “white privilege” charges.

This is what happens in a technologically advanced society whose members are sufficiently fed, housed, and clothed. Everything is racist or sexist. The words have lost their original meaning. They’ve become catchall buzzwords and self-examination avoidance tools. Why acknowledge personal failures, bad decisions, and falling short when you can throw one of the “-isms” into the mix? For some people, the words shut down the conversation.

Do liberals want diversity that matters? Doubtful. I’ll make a suggestion, anyway. How about an infusion—or maybe just a dash—of conservative ideology? We can talk about “art” all we want, but the political ideology of the writers, producers, directors, and others who make decisions does shape the entertainment culture and influences the final product. Diversify these roles based on principles and values, and not just race or sex, and we might get a deeper and richer diversity of viewpoint.

It’s only an awards show. In any case, the complaints are a symptom of a raging disease. People who see themselves as victims based on race or sex will invent bias. Nothing will satisfy the insatiable. Rectifying the past won’t do it. Neither will “affirmative action.” People will see animosity where none exists and possess a sense of entitlement where none should exist.

God made different races and two opposite yet complementary sexes for His purposes. Disobedience caused strife between them. I take comfort in what Christ has to say about what we share as believers in Galatians 3:26-29:

“[F]or in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”

We were under God’s wrath because of our sin, not our skin color, sex, or nationality. The repentant are Abraham’s spiritual offspring and spiritual equals in Christ.

La Shawn Barber

La Shawn is a former WORLD columnist.

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