Actor Richard Dreyfuss Says New Hollywood Diversity Standards Make Him Vomit
“no one should be telling me as an artist that I have to give into the latest, most current idea of what morality is”
Diversity rules have come to Hollywood and not everyone is happy about it. Richard Dreyfuss seems to have reached his red pill moment.
Richard Dreyfuss on new Oscars diversity rules: ‘They make me vomit’
Actor Richard Dreyfuss is not a fan of the Academy Awards’ new diversity guidelines.
Officials announced in 2020 that beginning in 2024, movies must meet certain criteria for representation to be eligible for the Academy Award for best picture.
Films have to meet at least two of four benchmarks, which cover – among other things – whether the lead actors are from underrepresented groups or if at least 30% of the cast and crew come from these groups.
Dreyfuss told Margaret Hoover during an interview Friday on the PBS series “Firing Line” that such rules “make me vomit.”
When Hoover asked him why, the actor said, “Because this is an art form.”
“It’s also a form of commerce and it makes money,” the actor said. “But it’s an art. And no one should be telling me as an artist that I have to give into the latest, most current idea of what morality is.”
The inclusion standards were enacted in an attempt to address inequality in the industry, which gave rise to the #OscarsSoWhite movement in 2015.
“I don’t think that there is a minority or a majority in this country that has to be catered to like that,” Dreyfuss went on to say during the interview.
He then cited a bit of a history regarding Laurence Olivier being “the last white actor to play Othello,” referring to the 1965 film, in which the British actor performed in blackface
Dreyfuss praised the performance, saying Olivier played the role “brilliantly.”
Here’s the video:
Actor Richard Dreyfuss says Hollywood’s new inclusivity standards make him want to vomit. Good. More actors, directors and producers need to speak up. Not all great stories are diverse. Not all true stories are diverse. Forced diversity hurts everyone.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 7, 2023
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Exactly! If I need brain surgery, I don’t care about his (or her) skin color or any other factor except whether the surgeon is capable. Although I would prefer that they not be the recipient of identity quotas.
That is perfect. Do you really think any NFL QB takes race into account when deciding who to throw to? No they look at how open are they, are they past the first down marker, did they drop the ball last 3 times I threw to them. I guarantee none of them give a crap about skin color.