Resumindo: os Óscares foram criados por medo dos sindicatos e do sexo oral

«The picture business was working very nicely. The money came in from banks in the East. It built the studios and put the talent under contract. For terrific salaries, those beautiful people did as they were told. When the movies were made and put out on the market, the revenue and the profits belonged to the studio. But just suppose those bastards got organized, with those lousy writers leading the way. Some of those people had education and radical ideas. Mr. Mayer didn’t like to think about it, but they might ask for pensions, health benefits, and—if you’ll excuse the word—residuals, or a cut of the profits.

This could be an undermining revolution and Mr. Mayer was one of those Russians who loathed revolutions. So he got a few friends together and said they needed some formula to make unions unnecessary. It would be a way of settling disputes before they arose. Another thing: the picture business stank in the nostrils of the decent public. Sure, they loved the pictures, and the stars, but the scandals were out of control—there were pretty kids with money to burn, wild on drugs; there had been a couple of murders; and there was the 1926 divorce between Charlie Chaplin and Lita Grey. Seems Chaplin had screwed her when she was underage. He had tried to get her to have an abortion, but the marriage had happened, and then it had gone bust. And in the divorce complaint, Grey had said that Chaplin was crazy about a lot of dirty stuff, like oral copulation. Most Americans didn’t know what that was in 1926, but if the word got around, Hollywood could catch the blame.

So Mr. Mayer and his pals decided they needed an organization to handle labor problems at the studio without having to get into the union thing, and it would be a public relations operation that pumped out the message that Hollywood was a wonderful place where delightful and thrilling stories were made to give the folks a good time.

They liked the scheme and wondered what to call this organization. It needed a word with class, history, distinction . . . ? In a few more days they had fleshed it out: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The “Arts and Sciences” touch was genius because it made you think the Academy had always been there, arranged by God and Harvard and Albert Einstein.

They had a banquet (January 1927) at which they offered membership to some of their cronies. Anyone could see that it was an association for the people in power. Someone suggested awarding prizes.

That sounded like their stuff. And if there were prizes for the best pictures, anyone could see they were doing quality work.»

Na Vanity Fair, obviously, que de vez em quando lá faz por merecer ter o nome do meu romance preferido de Thackeray.

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One thought on “Resumindo: os Óscares foram criados por medo dos sindicatos e do sexo oral

  1. Há que reconhecer que a cultura judeo-protestante tem uma fineza inultrapassável na arte da corrupção. O consentimento é fabricado práticamente sem brutalidade, com uma sedução baseada em partes quase iguais de moeda e lisonja. A propaganda é subtil, roça o subliminar, tem mesmo traços artísticos.

    Gente mais primitiva diria que são artes do demónio, mas isso são brutos incultos a que não devemos atender.

    Já temos Netflix cá na terra?

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