Openly conservative, Oscar-winning producer of Schindler's List Gerald Molen pulled no punches in his response to the ongoing #OscarsSoWhite "diversity crisis" (as the Academy calls it).
While celebrities as notable as Spike Lee, Michael Moore, Jada Pinkett Smith and husband Will Smith plan to sit out the Oscars because all of the 20 acting nominations went to white actors, Molen told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday,
"There is no racism except for those who create an issue. That is the worst kind. Using such an ugly way of complaining... The idea of a boycott is ridiculous. Are their noses bent out of shape by the award nominations? Of course. That is normal in a town of egos and red-carpet desires. While there were many performances of note, not all my choices for 'best' in the various categories have been realized."
Molen acknowledged that he at least had some sympathy for Will Smith for his performance in Concussion:
"But even then it is not like he has been ignored or overlooked in the past. I understand his disappointment but see no prejudice or racism in his not making it. Who knows, maybe he lost by one vote. I say to all my co-members: Stop acting like spoiled brats. Look to the next awards show for recognition — if you deserve it."
As for the others who have announced their nonparticipation, Molen said,
"The only comment that might have some legitimate substance is the one from Jada Pinkett. I understand her disappointment for her husband, but that doesn't mean she is correct in her analysis...
"As far as Michael Moore is concerned, he is a socialist always looking to insert his brand of racist hatred. Spike Lee — haven't I heard this from him before?"
Molen added that he doesn't know the racial makeup of the more than 6,000-member Academy, but it's a "stupid assumption" to presume a good number of white members aren't voting for black actors due to their skin color:
"In a liberal town like Hollywood, that makes about as much sense as saying all members of the Academy vote Republican."
Molen has produced Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, Twister, Rain Man, Minority Report and other blockbusters, as well as the Dinesh D'Souza documentary 2016: Obama's America.