Note: This post contains graphic content.
If you think that I’m against Deadpool being nominated for an Academy Award because I hate blood and gore, here is a scene from one of my favorite movies:
If you think that I’m against Deadpool being nominated for an Academy Award because of its language, here is one of the funniest scenes ever:
If you think that I’m against Deadpool being nominated for an Academy Award because of its nudity, this is one of my favorite pieces of art:
If you think that I’m against Deadpool being nominated for an Academy Award because of its sexual content, here is a Bible verse:
The two will become one flesh.
The reason I say this is:
I’m not against Deadpool being nominated for an Academy Award because I can’t handle, for example, violence or sex, in a movie. When it comes to content like that, I say “Fine!” as long as it isn’t gratuitous — as long as it serves a purpose.
And, in the case of Deadpool, I would say that the content does serve a purpose. From the very beginning to the very end, Deadpool knows exactly what it is: Sheer entertainment. It’s not trying to get you to think deeply. It just wants you to have fun.
Ultimately, the character Deadpool is not my cup of tea. But, I understand why so many people like him. And as long as their enjoyment of Deadpool doesn’t harm themselves or others, I don’t see a problem with being a fan of him.
Different strokes for different folks.
The reason I don’t want Deadpool to be nominated for any Academy Award is:
Have our standards as a society gotten so low?
Ideally, the Academy celebrates art, not commerce.
We don’t live in an ideal world, which is why we have a movie like Big Hero 6 beating a movie like Song of the Sea for Best Animated Feature.
My point is: The Academy Awards are supposed to be about celebrating what people need, not what people want.
To put it another way: The Academy Awards celebrate salad. Not ice cream.
And Deadpool is ice cream.
Ice cream is fine in moderation.
But a lifetime of ingesting nothing but ice cream…
…will do you more harm than good.
And how does a lifetime of ice cream-eating start?
One way it starts is by the Health Department declaring that, in terms of nutrition, ice cream is on par with salad.
One more thing:
As someone who wants to see the Academy be more diverse, I don’t want “diversity” to mean “lowering the bar.”