Oscar’s Diversity Panic

Steve Martin and Chris Rock on stage at the 92nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., February 9, 2020. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
The awards ceremony shrank itself to the size of a Twitter hissy fit.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Oscar ceremony used to command high ground in American culture. This year it proved beyond doubt that it has become a hostage to Twitter. It shrank itself to the size of one of those meaningless 36-hour virtual hissy fits that exists solely in the campus-like enclosed environment that is Twitter. In so doing, Oscar ushered himself further toward the point of total irrelevance.

Every year when the Oscar nominations come out, angry people on Twitter get a bit angrier than usual because this or that sub-group didn’t meet this or that benchmark in this or that category. The Academy of

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