Joining the white Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s All In was white New Republic senior editor Rebecca Traister, white panelist Jason Bailey of Flavorwire, and black Grantland staff writer Rembert Browne. The panel discussed The Academy Awards ceremony and how they felt the show was candidly racist.
The panel began by ripping apart Hollywood and the awards ceremony from its onset. Host Neil Patrick Harris opened the show by honoring Hollywood’s “best and whitest – sorry, brightest.”
“I’m pro that joke if it doesn’t turn into a terrible ceremony after that,” Browne said. “ I thought it was going to set up like a commentary-feel thing, but what happened after that made the whole joke feel very short-sided.”
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“Like, we got it out of the way kind of thing,” Hayes said in agreement.
Traister added that the only aspect of the show that addressed race was the Oscar-nominated song Glory from the movie Selma.
Hayes later jabbed that the racially diverse presenters were over the top and just “packaging.”
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The discussion concluded with Hayes remarking about how Hollywood thinks they can’t be racist simply because they are Hollywood.
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